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Best NASCAR Ford To Start Sixth At Richmond Spring 2023

On Saturday, April 1st, 2023, qualifying was rained out at Richmond Raceway for the Cup Series race. As such, the starting lineup for Sunday’s event was set using formula instead of on-track speeds, placing NASCAR Ford teams behind a slew of Chevy and Toyota race cars.

As a reminder, in the event that qualifying cannot be completed for any reason, NASCAR relies on a formula in order to set the lineup. This formula takes into account an individual driver’s performance in the previous weekend’s race with the following metrics:

  • Fastest lap time position (15 percent)
  • Driver’s final race position (25 percent)
  • Owner’s final race position (25 percent)
  • Owner points position (35 percent)

That put the No. 2 NASCR Ford Mustang of Austin Cindric will take the green flag from sixth, leading The Blue Oval’s racing teams across the line. He’ll start next to the No. 17 Ford Mustang of Chris Beuscher, who will start in seventh. Kevin Harvick, meanwhile, is the only othe Ford to have secured a top-10 starting spot, and will roll off the line in 10th.

The field will be led by a pair of Chevy Camaro race cars. Alex Bowman’s No. 48 Camaro will start in first place, followed by the No. 8 Camaro of Kyle Busch. William Byron’s No. 24 Camaro will start third, with the No. 1 Camaro of Ross Chastain starting in fourth. Tyler Reddick’s No. 45 Toyota TRD Camry will start fifth.

The green flag for the Cup Series race at Richmond will drop on Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Results, Richmond Raceway, April 1, 2023
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 8 Kyle Busch 3CHI Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 1 Ross Chastain Jockey Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 45 Tyler Reddick SiriusXM Radio Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
6 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
7 17 Chris Buescher Castrol Edge Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
8 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Kraft Mac & Cheese Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 4 Kevin Harvick GEARWRENCH Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
11 11 Denny Hamlin Shingrix Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
12 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
13 38 Todd Gilliland Quincy Compressor Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
14 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
15 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
16 7 Corey LaJoie BlueGreen Vacations Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Moen Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
19 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
20 99 Daniel Suarez Quaker State Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
22 43 Erik Jones U.S. Air Force Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 6 Brad Keselowski Solomon Plumbing Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
25 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 21 Harrison Burton Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
27 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 23 Bubba Wallace Leidos Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
29 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 9 Josh Berry(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 51 Cody Ware Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
32 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
33 41 Ryan Preece United Rentals Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
34 15 JJ Yeley(i) CW & Sons Infrastructure Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
35 78 Anthony Alfredo(i) DUDE WIPES Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 13 Chandler Smith(i) Quick Tie Products Inc. 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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