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NASCAR Fords Falter In Qualifying At COTA 2023

Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 2 NASCAR Ford Mustang, qualified third for Sunday’s race at Circuit of the Americas, but he’s the only Blue Oval-badged racer who will take the green flag from within the top 10.

Cindric wheeled the No. 2 Mustang around the 3.41-mile road course in 131.352 seconds at 93.459 mph, tailing polesitter William Byron’s No. 24 Chevy Camaro ZL1, who posted a time of 130.76 seconds at 93.882 mph. Meanwhile, the second-place car of Tyler Reddick, the No. 45 Toyota TRD Camry, made the course in 130.898 seconds at 93.783 seconds.

Looking down the list, 15th features the next-best Ford: the No. 22 Mustang of Joey Logano. He’ll start beside the No. 16 Mustang of Harrison Burton in 16th. Meanwhile, Formula One champion Jenson Button, who’s driving the No. 15 NASCAR Ford Mustang this weekend, will start 24th in his first Cup Series event.

The green flag will drop on the Cup Series race at COTA on Sunday, March 26th, 2023, at 3:30 pm E.T.

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Results, Circuit of the Americas, March 25, 2023
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 130.76 93.882 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 45 Tyler Reddick Monster Energy Toyota 130.898 93.783 Toyota TRD Camry
3 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 131.352 93.459 Ford Mustang
4 9 Jordan Taylor UniFirst Chevrolet 131.754 93.174 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 131.905 93.067 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 132.127 92.911 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 16 AJ Allmendinger Farmsmart Chevrolet 132.228 92.84 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 132.23 92.838 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 8 Kyle Busch Netspend Chevrolet 132.459 92.678 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 42 Noah Gragson # Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet 133.162 92.188 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 23 Bubba Wallace MoneyLion Toyota 131.498 93.355 Toyota TRD Camry
12 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 131.562 93.31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 132.039 92.973 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 132.112 92.921 Toyota TRD Camry
15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 132.125 92.912 Ford Mustang
16 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 132.219 92.846 Ford Mustang
17 54 Ty Gibbs # He Gets us Toyota 132.323 92.773 Toyota TRD Camry
18 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Blue Buffalo Chevrolet 132.359 92.748 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 132.401 92.718 Ford Mustang
20 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 132.498 92.65 Ford Mustang
21 11 Denny Hamlin Interstate Batteries Toyota 132.5 92.649 Toyota TRD Camry
22 91 Kimi Raikkonen Onx Homes/iLOQ Chevrolet 132.526 92.631 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 31 Justin Haley Celsius Chevrolet 132.539 92.622 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 15 Jenson Button Mobil 1 Ford 132.559 92.608 Ford Mustang
25 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 132.575 92.597 Toyota TRD Camry
26 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 132.629 92.559 Ford Mustang
27 7 Corey LaJoie OpTic Gaming Chevrolet 132.756 92.47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 3 Austin Dillon Get Bioethanol Chevrolet 132.781 92.453 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 132.869 92.392 Ford Mustang
30 6 Brad Keselowski Wyndham Rewards Ford 132.929 92.35 Ford Mustang
31 84 Jimmie Johnson Club Wyndham Chevrolet 132.938 92.344 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 17 Chris Buescher Fifth Third Bank Ford 133.218 92.15 Ford Mustang
33 78 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 133.274 92.111 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 77 Ty Dillon Ferris Commercial Mowers Chevrolet 133.567 91.909 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 50 Conor Daly BitNile.com Chevrolet 133.792 91.754 Chev
36 38 Todd Gilliland Ruedebusch Ford 134.038 91.586 Ford Mustang
37 51 Cody Ware PublicSq Ford 134.858 91.029 Ford Mustang
38 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Knauf Ford 140.865 87.147 Ford Mustang
39 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 182.392 67.306 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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