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NASCAR Ford Driver Upset After Tumultuous Race At COTA 2023: Video

Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is one of only a handful of road course races on the Cup Series schedule, and after Sunday’s race, quite a few drivers walked away angry about on-track action – particularly Ryan Preece, driver of the No. 41 NASCAR Ford Mustang.

Preece recently replaced Cole Custer behind the wheel of the No. 41 Mustang, and is in his first year at the Cup Series level. During the race at COTA, Preece and the No. 41 Mustang were on the receiving end of the No. 54 Toyota TRD Camry of Ty Gibbs during a NASCAR Overtime finish. Gibbs’ No. 54 Camry struck the rear of Preece’s No. 41 Mustang, sending him spinning into the No. 42 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Noah Gragson. Preece’s No. 41 Mustang had been enjoying a top-10 run at the time, but the wreck relegated him to a 32nd-place result.

After the melee, Preece took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, writing, “What a bunch of hacks,” referencing the disorganized racing style seen all day at COTA.

In a postrace interview with Frontstretch, he reiterated his feelings, saying, “I got wrecked by a bunch of hacks.” He added, “A lot of these guys just pay their way and they don’t respect cars… they just run into everyone and they just ruin days. Someone needs an ass-kicking for sure.”

Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 6 NASCAR Ford, suffered a mechanical failure that ended his day with 11 laps left, finishing 35th. Jenson Button piloted the No. 15 Mustang to an 18th-place finish, while Austin Cindric quietly finished sixth in the No. 2 Mustang. The No. 45 Camry of Tyler Reddick wound up in Victory Lane after a series of NASCAR Overtime attempts.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Circuit of the Americas, March 27, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 2 45 Tyler Reddick Monster Energy Toyota 75 41 Toyota TRD Camry
2 9 8 Kyle Busch Netspend Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 6 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 12 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 1 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 75 28 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 3 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 75 2 Ford Mustang
7 18 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Blue Buffalo Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 32 17 Chris Buescher Fifth Third Bank Ford 75 1 Ford Mustang
9 17 54 Ty Gibbs # He Gets Us Toyota 75 0 Toyota TRD Camry
10 36 38 Todd Gilliland Ruedebusch Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
11 27 7 Corey LaJoie OpTic Gaming Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 20 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
13 29 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
14 13 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 19 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
16 21 11 Denny Hamlin Interstate Batteries Toyota 75 0 Toyota TRD Camry
17 25 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 75 0 Toyota TRD Camry
18 24 15 Jenson Button Mobil 1 Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
19 23 31 Justin Haley Celsius Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 10 42 Noah Gragson # Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 38 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Knauf Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
22 16 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
23 8 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 4 9 Jordan Taylor UniFirst Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 37 51 Cody Ware PublicSq Ford 75 0 Ford Mustang
26 33 78 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 5 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 75 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 75 1 Ford Mustang
29 22 91 * Kimi Raikkonen Onx Homes/iLOQ Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 39 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 74 0 Ford Mustang
31 14 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 73 1 Toyota TRD Camry
32 26 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 68 0 ford Mustang
33 28 3 Austin Dillon Get Bioethanol Chevrolet 62 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 7 16 AJ Allmendinger Farmsmart Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 30 6 Brad Keselowski Wyndham Rewards Ford 56 0 ford Mustang
36 35 50 * Conor Daly BitNile.com Chevrolet 16 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 11 23 Bubba Wallace MoneyLion Toyota 10 0 Toyota TRD Camry
38 31 84 * Jimmie Johnson Club Wyndham Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
39 34 77 Ty Dillon Ferris Commercial Mowers Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – 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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Comments

  1. Dave Mathers

    Gibbs time will come. Wait for it.

    Reply
    1. Booker

      As in a victory by Truex, Ty Gibbs, Bell or Hamlin is on the way, or one of them is gonna get their ass kicked?

      Reply

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