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NASCAR Ford Teams Tail Chevys At Phoenix Spring 2023: Video

So far, the NASCAR Ford teams have only been able to stand by and watch as Chevy racers dominate the Cup Series season. The Blue Oval has yet to find its way to Victory Lane in 2023, but it’s certainly not for lack of trying. Once again, several Mustang racers seemed to be a threat at Phoenix on March 12th, 2023, but a series of late-race cautions tipped the scales in The Bow Tie’s favor.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mustang, emerged as a dominant force in the latter stage of the race, surging ahead of polesitter Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Camaro ZL1 and eventual winner William Byron’s No. 24 Camaro, driving away with a huge lead before the No. 21 Mustang of Harrison Burton spun with 10 laps left. Harvick pitted for four fresh tires on his No. 4 Mustang, while Larson’s No. 5 Camaro and Byron’s No. 24 Camaro took just two tires.

The ensuing restart saw Larson and the No. 5 Camaro take the lead, but on Lap 310 of 312, a multicar incident unfolded on the backstretch. This forced a caution and the race went into NASCAR Overtime. Byron’s No. 24 Camaro grabbed the lead on the restart, leading the No. 12 Mustang of Ryan Blaney and the No. 45 Toyota TRD Camry of Tyler Reddick. Nobody could reel Byron’s No. 24 Camaro in, as Larson’s No. 5 NASCAR Chevy fell back to fourth, while Harvick’s No. 4 Mustang came home in fifth.

Though the race marked Harvick’s 20th straight top-10 finish at Phoenix, he was understandably frustrated that victory had slipped through his fingers. Even so, he commended his crew chief, Rodney Childers, for the four-tire pit stop. “It’s what I would have done,” Harvick said. “I’d always rather be on offense. I just didn’t get a couple cars when that first caution came out. Kind of lost our chance. Still thought I had a chance there at the end. Those cars were quite a bit slower. They get all jammed up.”

Meanwhile, it’s also worth noting that Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Mustang had a shot to win on the final restart, but his race car suffered a mechanical issue and plummeted through the field. He ultimately finished 18th.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Phoenix Raceway, March 12, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 3 24 William Byron Valvoline Chevrolet 317 64 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 8 12 Ryan Blaney Dent Wizard Ford 317 0 Ford Mustang
3 12 45 Tyler Reddick The Beast Unleashed Toyota 317 0 Toyota TRD Camry
4 1 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 317 201 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 15 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 317 36 Ford Mustang
6 5 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 317 0 Toyota TRD Camry
7 24 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 317 0 Ford Mustang
8 9 8 Kyle Busch Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet 317 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 18 48 Alex Bowman Ally Best Friends Chevrolet 317 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 17 9 Josh Berry(i) Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 317 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 16 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 317 0 Ford Mustang
12 25 41 Ryan Preece United Rentals Ford 317 0 Ford Mustang
13 7 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 317 0 Ford Mustang
14 19 23 Bubba Wallace McDonald's Toyota 317 0 Toyota TRD Camry
15 21 17 Chris Buescher Socios Ford 317 0 Ford Mustang
16 30 3 Austin Dillon BetMGM March Matchups Chevrolet 317 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 13 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 317 0 Toyota TRD Camry
18 4 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol Edge Ford 317 1 Ford Mustang
19 23 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Thomas' Chevrolet 317 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 22 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 317 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 10 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 317 14 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 11 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 317 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 2 11 Denny Hamlin Shingrix Toyota 317 0 Toyota TRD Camry
24 6 1 Ross Chastain Kubota Chevrolet 317 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 20 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Ford 316 0 Ford Mustang
26 28 7 Corey LaJoie EnviroXstream Chevrolet 316 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 26 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 316 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 14 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 316 0 Toyota TRD Camry
29 32 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 316 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 35 77 Ty Dillon Mutoh Chevrolet 315 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 34 38 Zane Smith(i) Wellcare Ford 315 0 Ford Mustang
32 29 15 Todd Gilliland OTR Mobile Ford 314 0 Ford Mustang
33 31 10 Aric Almirola Go Bowling Ford 313 0 Ford Mustang
34 36 51 Cody Ware Biohaven/Jacob Co Ford 311 0 Ford Mustang
35 27 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 310 0 Ford Mustang
36 33 78 BJ McLeod Superior Logistics Services Chevrolet 50 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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  1. Albert Paul Rodrigues

    Yeah but the Ford teams didn’t cheat

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