mobile-menu-icon
Ford Authority

NASCAR Ford Teams Post Mixed Results At Fontana 2023: Video

The NASCAR Ford teams experienced an eventful race at Auto Club Speedway on February 26th, 2023. Things started strong for The Blue Oval in Stage 1, but a series of incidents took out a few of its racers, though some of them rebounded and secured decent finishes, all things considered.

Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Ford Mustang, emerged as a strong force in the beginning of the race, leading quite a few laps before being involved in a multicar wreck on Lap 86. He finished 26th, four laps off the pace. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Mustang went for a neat spin off the nose of the No. 7 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Corey Lajoie early in the race, but thanks to the resilient bodies of the Next Gen cars, Keselowski was able to salvage a sixth-place finish, all said and done.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 NASCAR Ford, quietly finished fifth, managing to avoid incident, while Joey Logano’s No. 22 Mustang came home 10th. All said and done, however, the day belonged to Chevrolet, as Kyle Busch’s No. 8 Camaro took home the trophy.

As a reminder, Sunday’s racing events marked the finale of Auto Club Speedway as a two-mile oval asphalt. Much of its property has been sold off already, and there are unconfirmed plans in the works to configure it into a half-mile short track, although NASCAR recently stated that it is evaluating market interest in the area. As such, the future of NASCAR’s presence in Fontana is unclear.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Auto Club Speedway, February 26, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 21 8 Kyle Busch Lucas Oil Chevrolet 200 27 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 33 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 200 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 8 1 Ross Chastain Kubota Chevrolet 200 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 7 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 10 4 Kevin Harvick GEARWRENCH Ford 200 5 Ford Mustang
6 13 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota 200 11 Toyota TRD Camry
7 16 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol Edge Ford 200 2 Ford Mustang
8 4 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 200 17 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 28 3 Austin Dillon Dow Coatings Chevrolet 200 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 3 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern California Ford 200 19 Ford Mustang
11 14 19 Martin Truex Jr Reser's Fine Foods Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Camry
12 2 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ralphs/Tree Top Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 5 17 Chris Buescher Pala Casino Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
14 12 7 Corey LaJoie NEGU Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 24 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
16 23 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Camry
17 25 38 Todd Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
18 26 34 Michael McDowell Horizon Hobby Ford 200 6 Ford Mustang
19 34 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 31 14 Chase Briscoe Rush Truck Centers/MobilDelvac Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
21 29 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 20 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 199 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 22 15 JJ Yeley ActOne Group Ford 199 0 Ford Mustang
24 30 78 BJ McLeod American Hartford Gold Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 32 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 198 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 9 12 Ryan Blaney Wurth Ford 196 16 Ford Mustang
27 11 51 Cody Ware Biohaven Ford 195 0 Ford Mustang
28 19 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Quaker State Ford 194 0 Ford Mustang
29 15 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 18 23 Bubba Wallace Leidos Toyota 172 0 Toyota TRD Camry
31 36 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 140 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 1 20 Christopher Bell Sirius XM Toyota 88 1 Toyota TRD Camry
33 27 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 87 0 Ford Mustang
34 35 45 Tyler Reddick The Beast Unleashed Toyota 87 0 Toyota TRD Camry
35 17 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 86 0 Ford Mustang
36 6 16 AJ Allmendinger Farmsmart Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

Subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford racing newsNASCAR news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

Subscribe to Ford Authority

For around-the-clock Ford news coverage

We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates. It's totally free.

Comments

  1. CHARLES STEMPLE

    BORING RACE I WENT OUT FOR DINNER INSTEAD

    Reply
    1. Alexandra Purcell

      Bummer, you missed a good race

      Reply
  2. Thurston Munn

    The reality is the Fords did not have the speed to win with. The Chevy’s did.

    Reply

Leave a comment

Cancel