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NASCAR Ford Teams Collectively Lead One Lap At Sonoma 2023: Video

The NASCAR Ford racers showed some speed during the Cup Series race at Sonoma on June 11th, 2023, but it wasn’t enough to take control of the field for more than a single lap during the event, while Chevy and Toyota racers traded the lead back and forth for the rest of the race.

Michael McDowell’s No. 34 Ford Mustang was the only Blue Oval racer to lead during Sunday’s race, taking control during a pit stop cycle and surrendering the top spot when he had to pit himself.

Despite the disappointing lack of laps led, a handful of NASCAR Ford teams crossed the line within the top 10. Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Mustang, finished third, followed by Chris Buescher’s No. 17 Mustang in fourth and McDowell’s No. 34 Mustang in seventh.

Meanwhile, Ryan Blaney showed some promise in the No. 12 NASCAR Ford, but a series of late-race incidents relegated him to a 31st-place finish. Zane Smith, driving the No. 38 Mustang part-time, unfortunately lost a wheel on Lap 50, and finished 34th.

Meanwhile, up front, the No. 19 Toyota TRD Camry of Martin Truex Jr. outran the No. 8 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Kyle Busch for his second win of the 2023 season, and his fourth overall at Sonoma.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Sonoma Raceway, June 11, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 8 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 110 51 Toyota TRD Camry
2 12 8 Kyle Busch McLaren Custom Grills Chevrolet 110 17 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 17 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
4 7 17 Chris Buescher Fifth Third Bank Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
5 10 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 110 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 5 16 AJ Allmendinger Gabriel Glas Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 3 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 110 1 Ford Mustang
8 16 5 Kyle Larson Valvoline Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 4 20 Christopher Bell Rheem/Resideo Toyota 110 0 Toyota TRD Camry
10 15 1 Ross Chastain Kubota Chevrolet 110 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 21 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
12 13 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Cottonelle Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 22 41 Ryan Preece Autodesk Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
14 26 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 14 48 Alex Bowman Ally Pride Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 25 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
17 18 23 Bubba Wallace DoorDash Toyota 110 0 Toyota TRD Camry
18 6 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 110 0 Toyota TRD Camry
19 11 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 19 7 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 23 31 Justin Haley Cirkul Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 9 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 27 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 32 51 Todd Gilliland Serial 1 E-Bikes Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
25 34 2 Austin Cindric America's Tire Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
26 35 42 Grant Enfinger(i) Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 36 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
28 20 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
29 24 14 Chase Briscoe Ford Performance Racing School Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
30 29 78 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 110 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 31 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Moen Ford 110 0 Ford Mustang
32 28 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 109 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 2 45 Tyler Reddick The Beast Unleashed Toyota 109 0 Toyota TRD Camry
34 30 38 Zane Smith(i) Wellcare Ford 109 0 Ford Mustang
35 33 15 Andy Lally Camping World Ford 109 0 Ford Mustang
36 1 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota 92 33 Toyota TRD Camry

# – 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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Comments

  1. Joe

    What is wrong with Harrison Burton driving the Wood Brother’s 21? They are so slow every race.

    Reply
    1. Alexandra Purcell

      That team hasn’t been competitive in decades

      Reply
  2. Thurston Munn

    Just like their retail Ford models the competition engineers have once again missed the mark as the Nascar Fords are simply not competitive even after they were given a chance at a redesign for this year.

    Reply

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