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No. 4 NASCAR Ford Leads Blue Oval At Richmond Spring 2023: Video

While the NASCAR Ford teams only accounted for one lap led at Richmond Raceway on April 2nd, 2023, they managed to quietly secure decent finishes even as the intensity ramped up toward the end of the race.

The No. 4 Mustang of Kevin Harvick crossed the line in fifth place, marking his third consecutive top-10 finish this season. He was followed by the No. 34 Mustang of Michael McDowell, who posted a decent sixth-place result, and seventh belonged to the No. 22 Mustang of Joey Logano.

McDowell took to Twitter after the race to express his excitement with his top-10 finish, citing “a perfect blend of hydration and energy” for his effort.

Brad Keselowski was the only NASCAR Ford racer to lead a lap, as his No. 6 Mustang assumed the top spot during a round of mid-race pit stops before he took to Pit Road himself, surrendering the lead. He ultimately finished 10th.

Meanwhile, Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 NASCAR Ford, just couldn’t get his Mustang under him. After speeding on Pit Road during Stage 2, Blaney’s No. 12 got into the No. 9 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Josh Berry, forcing the latter to spin. Berry’s No. 9 Camaro recovered to finish 2nd; Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang was credited with 26th at the line, one lap down.

Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Camaro ultimately won after a series of late-race cautions shook up the field.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Richmond Raceway, April 2, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 9 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 400 93 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 30 9 Josh Berry(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 400 10 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 4 1 Ross Chastain Jockey Chevrolet 400 16 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 21 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 400 26 Toyota TRD Camry
5 10 4 Kevin Harvick GEARWRENCH Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
6 15 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
7 18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
8 1 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 400 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 14 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 400 0 Toyota TRD Camry
10 24 6 Brad Keselowski Solomon Plumbing Ford 400 1 Ford Mustang
11 12 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 400 56 Toyota TRD Camry
12 19 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
13 32 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
14 2 8 Kyle Busch 3CHI Chevrolet 400 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 13 38 Todd Gilliland Quincy Compressor Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
16 5 45 Tyler Reddick SiriusXM Radio Toyota 400 0 Toyota TRD Camry
17 37 13 * Chandler Smith(i) Quick Tie Products Inc. Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 33 41 Ryan Preece United Rentals Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
19 26 21 Harrison Burton Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
20 11 11 Denny Hamlin Shingrix Toyota 400 71 Toyota TRD Camry
21 16 7 Corey LaJoie BlueGreen Vacations Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 28 23 Bubba Wallace Leidos Toyota 400 1 Toyota TRD Camry
23 20 99 Daniel Suarez Quaker State Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 3 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 400 117 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 27 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 399 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 17 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Moen Ford 399 0 Ford Mustang
27 25 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 399 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 6 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 399 0 Ford Mustang
29 29 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 399 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 7 17 Chris Buescher Castrol Edge Ford 398 0 Ford Mustang
31 22 43 Erik Jones U.S. Air Force Chevrolet 398 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 36 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 398 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 35 78 Anthony Alfredo(i) DUDE WIPES Chevrolet 396 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 31 51 Cody Ware Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 395 0 Ford Mustang
35 8 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Kraft Mac & Cheese Chevrolet 384 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 34 15 JJ Yeley(i) CW & Sons Infrastructure Ford 383 0 Ford Mustang
37 23 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 303 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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