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Xfinity NASCAR Ford Teams Suffer At Fontana 2023: Video

Rain and yes, even snow, forced NASCAR to cancel all on-track activity at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, February 25th, 2023, meaning that the Xfinity Series race was held on Sunday as soon as the checkered flag dropped on the Cup Series race. While a handful of Chevy racers battled a Toyota for the win near the end, the NASCAR Ford teams just couldn’t finish up front, enduring a mishap-filled race to take home a Blue Oval-best seventh-place finish, while many other Mustang racers finished deep in the field.

The No. 00 Ford Mustang of Cole Custer was arguably the best race car in the field. He led 46 laps, swept both Stage 1 and Stage 2, but a flat tire caused his race car to hit the wall on Lap 91. Custer’s No. 00 Mustang sustained heavy damage as the No. 10 Chevy Camaro of Austin Dillon couldn’t avoid him, and ultimately, Custer finished near the rear of the field one lap off the pace.

Overall, there were 10 caution periods that lasted 41 laps, especially toward the end of the race. Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 NASCAR Ford, managed to survive incident and finished seventh. The next-best Ford racer was the No. 25 Mustang of Brett Moffitt. Meanwhile, the No. 20 Toyota Supra of John Hunter Nemechek held off the field to take the win.

The Xfinity Series race was the last event to be held on Auto Club Speedway in its current form. NASCAR’s presence in Fontana, California is currently unclear. Much of the property on which the speedway sits has already been sold off, and there are current unconfirmed plans to reconfigure the two-mile oval into a half-mile short track, although NASCAR recently stated that it is currently evaluating market interest in continuing to hold events in the area.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Auto Club Speedway, February 26, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 2 20 John Hunter Nemechek Vons/Albertsons Toyota 150 49 Toyota Supra
2 22 1 Sam Mayer Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
3 3 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 150 8 Chevrolet Camaro
4 5 16 Chandler Smith # Quick Tie Products Inc Chevrolet 150 1 Chevrolet Camaro
5 19 8 Josh Berry Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet 150 3 Chevrolet Camaro
6 1 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 150 4 Chevrolet Camaro
7 6 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 150 0 Ford Mustang
8 15 10 Austin Dillon(i) LA Golf Chevrolet 150 10 Chevrolet Camaro
9 25 25 Brett Moffitt AM Technical Solutions Ford 150 0 Ford Mustang
10 23 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Spiked Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
11 14 19 Joe Graf Jr. CoverSeal Toyota 150 0 Toyota Supra
12 35 11 Daniel Hemric Poppy Bank Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
13 29 26 Kaz Grala Fire Department Coffee Toyota 150 0 Toyota Supra
14 16 39 Ryan Sieg CMRoofing.com Ford 150 0 Ford Mustang
15 18 38 Kyle Sieg TopPools.com Ford 150 0 Ford Mustang
16 9 92 Josh Williams Call 811/Alloy Employer Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
17 17 78 Anthony Alfredo Dude Wipes Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
18 11 51 Jeremy Clements PacWest First Pacific Funding Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
19 13 18 Sammy Smith # Pilot Flying J Toyota 150 14 Toyota Supra
20 4 31 Parker Retzlaff # FUNKAWAY Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
21 20 45 Rajah Caruth(i) Circle Pay Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
22 7 27 Jeb Burton Contractor Rewards/State Water Heaters Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
23 31 2 Sheldon Creed Whelen Chevrolet 150 15 Chevrolet Camaro
24 38 91 Ross Chastain(i) JAG Metals LLC Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
25 30 6 Brennan Poole TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
26 26 44 Jeffrey Earnhardt Jesus Revolution – The Movie Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro
27 8 0 Cole Custer Production Alliance Group Ford 149 46 Ford Mustang
28 28 28 Alex Labbe G Coin/LARUE Ford 149 0 Ford Mustang
29 34 35 Joey Gase OneLegacy/CA Highway Patrol Toyota 149 0 Toyota Supra
30 36 4 Bayley Currey KSDT CPA Chevrolet 149 0 Chevrolet Camaro
31 33 7 Blaine Perkins # AUTOParkit.com Chevrolet 149 0 Chevrolet Camaro
32 37 66 Timmy Hill(i) Klutch Vodka Ford 149 0 Ford Mustang
33 10 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Patriot Lighting Chevrolet 149 0 Chevrolet Camaro
34 32 43 Ryan Ellis Costa Oil Chevrolet 149 0 Chevrolet Camaro
35 21 2 David Starr Our Motorsports Chevrolet 148 0 Chevrolet Camaro
36 24 24 Tyler Reddick(i) GearWrench Toyota 148 0 Toyota Supra
37 27 53 CJ McLaughlin Sci Aps Chevrolet 147 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 12 8 Gray Gaulding North South Machinery/Panini Ford 26 0 Ford Mustang

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

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

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