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No. 12 NASCAR Ford Hammers Wall At Nashville 2023: Video

While the Chevy teams swept all three races at Nashville Superspeedway, the NASCAR Ford teams had a hard time during the Cup Series race on Sunday, June 25th, 2023, thanks to crashes and general malaise on the track. In what was arguably the most dramatic incident of the day, Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Ford Mustang, was on the wrong end of a slow restart on Lap 147.

The field stacked up when the leaders got off to a slow start, causing a traffic jam and forcing the No. 8 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Kyle Busch into the rear bumper of Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang. Both spun from the contact, and Blaney’s No. 12 NASCAR Ford pummeled the inside wall. Ultimately, Blaney was scored 36th, dead last. It was also his first DNF of the 2023 season.

Blaney described the hit as the “hardest one of my life” in a postrace interview. He struck where there was no SAFER barrier, and lamented that “it sucks that things like that have to happen” to prompt race tracks to install such safety measures after the fact.

Ironically, Blaney’s car came to rest in front of a wall advertising Ford BlueOval City, a massive campus currently under construction where the automaker will focus on producing electric videos.

Meanwhile, the best-finishing NASCAR Ford was that of Brad Keselowski, who guided the No. 6 Mustang to an 11th-place finish. Up front, Ross Chastain scored his first win of 2023 in the No. 1 Chevy Camaro ZL1 when it was all said and done.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Nashville Superspeedway, June 25, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 300 99 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 6 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 300 50 Toyota TRD Camry
3 8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 300 81 Toyota TRD Camry
4 14 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 300 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 7 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 5 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 300 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 22 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 300 3 Toyota TRD Camry
8 23 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 11 8 Kyle Busch Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet 300 12 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 19 16 AJ Allmendinger Celsius Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 20 6 Brad Keselowski Solomon Plumbing Ford 300 2 Ford Mustang
12 10 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 300 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 26 3 Austin Dillon Huk Performance Fishing Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 16 54 Ty Gibbs # Interstate Batteries Toyota 300 0 Toyota TRD Camry
15 9 23 Bubba Wallace McDonald's Toyota 300 0 Toyota TRD Camry
16 25 41 Ryan Preece Morton Buildings Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
17 15 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 300 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 12 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
19 4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
20 36 7 Corey LaJoie Garner Trucking Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 31 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
22 28 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Ball Park Buns Chevrolet 299 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 3 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 299 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 17 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Peach Ford 299 0 Ford Mustang
25 21 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 299 0 Ford Mustang
26 30 42 Noah Gragson # Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet 299 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 24 2 Austin Cindric Snap On Ford 299 0 Ford Mustang
28 33 34 Michael McDowell Love's/Fleetguard Ford 299 0 Ford Mustang
29 29 51 JJ Yeley(i) Patriot Mobile Ford 298 0 Ford Mustang
30 2 45 Tyler Reddick The Big 615/MoneyLion Toyota 298 33 Toyota TRD Camry
31 18 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 298 0 Ford Mustang
32 34 77 Ty Dillon Raze Tea Chevrolet 298 4 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 32 15 Brennan Poole(i) MACC Door Systems Ford 297 0 Ford Mustang
34 35 78 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 297 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 27 38 Todd Gilliland Serial 1 E-Bikes Ford 296 0 Ford Mustang
36 13 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Pennzoil Ford 146 0 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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Comments

  1. Maverickan

    I remember when professional drivers sometimes were able to drive themselves out of trouble with their skill, now they just mash the brake pedal and hope for the best!

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    1. Alexandra Purcell

      Let’s see you save a car barreling toward a wall at triple digit speeds, pal

      Reply
  2. Richard Rassh

    He left off the brakes trying to save it

    Reply
  3. ViperACR

    I was watching it live when it happened and thought he did everything he could do to miss the barrier…..the car just caught traction and sent him left/straight into the wall. With all the focus on softer safety barriers, I’m surprised there are still solid concrete wall like that even though they’re situated in places less likely to get hit that way. I bet you’ll see that wall and others like it fitted with the SAFER barriers in the future.

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