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No. 12 NASCAR Ford Breaks Drought In Charlotte 600 2023: Video

Ryan Blaney snapped a 59-race winless streak when he put the No. 12 NASCAR Ford Mustang in Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday, May 29th, 2023, and earned The Blue Oval its second race win of the 2023 Cup Series season.

Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang was the race car to beat for most of the night, and never strayed far from the front. He commanded the race for 163 of 400 laps, and held off a hard-charging No. 24 Chevy Camaro ZL1 driven by William Byron and the No. 19 Toyota TRD Camry of Martin Truex Jr. as the laps ticked down.

“I might shed a tear,” said Blaney after the race. “I just was able to get the lead, and that car was so good that I could kind of bide my time a little bit and then we were able to drive off. I was hoping no caution, just because you never know.”

He added, “I know we had the car to do it, but restarts can be crazy… You start to get to feel like you can’t win anymore when you don’t win in a while. It kind of gets hard. So just super thankful to the 12 guys for believing in me… It’s just so cool. What a weekend with [Penske Racing driver Joseph] Newgarden and Roger [Penske, team owner] winning at Indy and us winning the 600. I mean that’s just so cool. That kind of snaps our winless streak right there, and that’s even better.”

Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Mustang seemed strong in the early stages of the race, but a series of incidents relegated him to a 19th-place result. Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 NASCAR Ford, also had a rough go of things, finishing 21st after multiple incidents of his own.

There were 16 cautions for 83 laps during the Charlotte 600, which is NASCAR’s longest race, and the lead was swapped 31 times between 13 drivers.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 29, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 8 12 Ryan Blaney BodyArmor Cherry Lime Ford 400 163 Ford Mustang
2 1 24 William Byron Liberty University Patriotic Chevrolet 400 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 18 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 400 0 Toyota TRD Camry
4 7 23 Bubba Wallace Dr Peper Strawberries & Cream Toyota 400 0 Toyota TRD Camry
5 15 45 Tyler Reddick Jordan Brand Toyota 400 28 Toyota TRD Camry
6 5 8 Kyle Busch Alsco Chevrolet 400 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 10 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevrolet 400 4 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 11 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 400 12 Ford Mustang
9 33 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 29 38 Zane Smith(i) Boot Barn Ford 400 3 Ford Mustang
11 2 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 400 19 Ford Mustang
12 31 48 Alex Bowman Ally Patriotic Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 22 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
14 27 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 16 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 36 15 JJ Yeley(i) Patriot Mobile Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
17 25 7 Corey LaJoie AeroVanti Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 13 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
19 3 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol Edge Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
20 20 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
21 17 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
22 14 1 Ross Chastain AdventHealth Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 24 99 Daniel Suarez Jockey Chevrolet 400 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 9 20 Christopher Bell Interstate Batteries Toyota 400 48 Toyota TRD Camry
25 23 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 400 0 Ford Mustang
26 19 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 398 0 Toyota TRD Camry
27 32 77 Ty Dillon Ferris Commercial Mowers Chevrolet 397 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 30 34 Michael McDowell Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford 396 4 Ford Mustang
29 34 78 BJ McLeod B'laster Chevrolet 392 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 12 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Patriotic Chevrolet 377 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 21 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Duracell Ford 369 0 Ford Mustang
32 26 43 Erik Jones U.S. AIR FORCE Chevrolet 341 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 35 51 Todd Gilliland Ruedebusch Development & Construction Ford 265 0 Ford Mustang
34 6 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Patriotic Chevrolet 185 6 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 4 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota 185 20 Toyota TRD Camry
36 28 42 Noah Gragson # Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet 117 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 37 84 * Jimmie Johnson Club Wyndham Chevrolet 115 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. Ford500guy

    Congrats to Team Penske and the Ryan Blaney # 12 Ford Mustang team breaking their winless streak. Best of luck for the rest of the Ford teams in the coming weeks. Go Mustangs and Ford Performance.

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