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NASCAR Ford Teams Fall Short In 2023 Xfinity Series Atlanta: Video

The Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18th was not short on drama, but all things considered, the NASCAR Ford teams had a relatively quiet night.

Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Mustang, was the best of all The Blue Oval teams. While the night was all about the No. 21 Chevy Camaro of Austin Hill, Herbst guided the No. 98 Mustang to the lead twice, ultimately leading 11 laps. However, he just couldn’t find his groove at the end of the race, and crossed the line in fifth – after starting in fifth place as well. He was the only Ford to lead any laps, though.

Meanwhile, Ryan Sieg, driver of the No. 39 Mustang, brought it home in 11th, followed by the No. 00 Mustang of Cole Custer in 12th. The No. 35 Mustang of Patrick Emerling was the only other NASCAR Ford team to finish in the top 20, having secured an 18th-place result.

Overall, 12 caution periods slowed the field for 68 laps, although every Blue Oval racer managed to at least cross the finish line and avoid DNFs. Hill took the No. 21 Camaro to Victory Lane for the third time in the Xfinity Series this year, surviving a dramatic last-lap crash to win.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 18, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 3 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 163 103 Chevrolet Camaro
2 11 11 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
3 4 19 Ryan Truex Toyota Genuine Parts Toyota 163 0 Toyota Supra
4 13 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Spiked Chevrolet 163 5 Chevrolet Camaro
5 5 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 163 11 Ford Mustang
6 12 25 Brett Moffitt AM Technical Solutions Ford 163 0 Ford Mustang
7 9 8 Josh Berry Tire Pros Love The Drive Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
8 2 20 John Hunter Nemechek Mobil 1 Toyota 163 10 Toyota Supra
9 10 1 Sam Mayer Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
10 18 10 Justin Haley(i) LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 163 5 Chevrolet Camaro
11 14 39 Ryan Sieg CMRroofing.com Ford 163 0 Ford Mustang
12 8 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 163 0 Ford Mustang
13 29 6 Brennan Poole Walton Press Inc. Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
14 15 78 Anthony Alfredo JAG Metals LLC Chevrolet 163 18 Chevrolet Camaro
15 23 51 Jeremy Clements One Stop/All South Electric Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
16 16 27 Jeb Burton Rocky Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
17 1 18 Sammy Smith # Pilot Flying J Toyota 163 0 Toyota Supra
18 32 35 Patrick Emerling Sci Aps Ford 163 0 Ford Mustang
19 21 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Jeld-Wen Windows Chevrolet 163 10 Chevrolet Camaro
20 35 8 Gray Gaulding FollowMe Global Bus. Solutions Chevrolet 163 1 Chevrolet Camaro
21 7 2 Sheldon Creed Whelen Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
22 36 7 Blaine Perkins # To the Point NC Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
23 24 43 Ryan Ellis Pella Windows & Doors Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 37 91 Chad Chastain Protect Your Melon Chevrolet 163 0 Chevrolet Camaro
25 27 38 Joe Graf Jr. Jacob Companies Ford 163 0 Ford Mustang
26 26 28 Kyle Sieg Cedar Ridge Landscaping Ford 161 0 Ford Mustang
27 17 31 Parker Retzlaff # FUNKAWAY Chevrolet 154 0 Chevrolet Camaro
28 6 16 Chandler Smith # Quick Tie Products Inc. Chevrolet 127 0 Chevrolet Camaro
29 19 7 Justin Allgaier RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 77 0 Chevrolet Camaro
30 25 24 Connor Mosack Toyota Racing Development Toyota 69 0 Toyota Supra
31 30 45 Sage Karam Til Valhalla Project Chevrolet 43 0 Chevrolet Camaro
32 22 92 Josh Williams Coolray/Alloy Employer Chevrolet 33 0 Chevrolet Camaro
33 20 2 Kyle Weatherman The King Of Lemonade Chevrolet 26 0 Chevrolet Camaro
34 31 44 Jeffrey Earnhardt Advanced Material Handling Chevrolet 11 0 Chevrolet Camaro
35 28 26 Kaz Grala CRUSH Lime Margarita Toyota 11 0 Toyota Supra
36 34 4 Garrett Smithley Trophy Tractor Chevrolet 11 0 Chevrolet Camaro
37 33 53 Joey Gase Donate Life GA Chevrolet 1 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 38 66 Caesar Bacarella Prime Bites Protein Brownie Chevrolet 1 0 Chevrolet Camaro

# – 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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