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No. 2 NASCAR Ford Tangles With Chevy At Gateway 2023: Video

Though several NASCAR Ford teams had successful days at Gateway (also known as World Wide Technology Raceway) on June 4th, 2023, the biggest Blue Oval story involved the No. 2 Mustang of Austin Cindric, who had a run in with the No. 3 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Austin Dillon. In fact, Dillon was so displeased with Cindric, he called for the latter’s suspension for his actions.

With just over 20 laps left in the race, a wreck unfolded between the No. 3 Camaro of Dillon and the No. 47 Camaro of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. At first, it was difficult to tell that Cindric’s No. 2 NASCAR Ford was involved, but a different view of the wreck shows that contact between his Mustang and Dillon’s No. 3 Camaro was what triggered the incident.

From Dillon’s perspective, the wreck wasn’t an accident.

“I was intentionally wrecked by [Cindric],” Dillon said after exiting his wrecked race car. “Hooked right, just like Chase [Elliott] and Denny [Hamlin at Charlotte], and Bubba’s [Wallace] deal [with Kyle Larson in 2022]. He better be suspended next week.”

Cindric, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the wreck.

Meanwhile, Joey Logano’s No. 22 NASCAR Ford quietly finished third, having attempted to reel in eventual winner Kyle Busch’s No. 8 Camaro. Ryan Blaney also had a decent showing, having led 83 laps and ultimately finishing sixth.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Gateway Motorsports Park, June 4, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 8 Kyle Busch 3CHI Chevrolet 243 121 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 3 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota 243 0 Toyota TRD Camry
3 6 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
4 22 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 243 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 5 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 243 0 Toyota TRD Camry
6 2 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Ford 243 83 Ford Mustang
7 13 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 7 24 William Byron Axalta Chevrolet 243 30 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 21 34 Michael McDowell FR8Auctions.com Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
10 4 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
11 17 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Construction Technology Toyota 243 0 Toyota TRD Camry
12 27 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
13 10 2 Austin Cindric Freightliner Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
14 11 16 AJ Allmendinger Farmsmart Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 28 38 Todd Gilliland Serial 1 E-Bikes Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
16 23 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 29 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
18 31 43 Erik Jones Bommarito.com Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 24 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
20 15 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 243 0 Toyota TRD Camry
21 30 9 Corey LaJoie NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 8 1 Ross Chastain Moose Fraternity Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 14 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
24 36 51 JJ Yeley(i) Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
25 33 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 18 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 34 78 BJ McLeod Circle B Diecast Chevrolet 243 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 19 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 243 0 Ford Mustang
29 35 15 Gray Gaulding(i) Panini America Ford 242 0 Ford Mustang
30 20 23 Bubba Wallace Leidos Toyota 236 0 Toyota TRD Camry
31 16 3 Austin Dillon Get Bioethanol Chevrolet 223 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 12 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet 219 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 32 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 197 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 25 14 Chase Briscoe Ford Performance Racing School Ford 193 0 Ford Mustang
35 9 45 Tyler Reddick McDonald's Toyota 174 4 Toyota TRD Camry
36 26 7 Carson Hocevar(i) Schluter Systems Chevrolet 91 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. wayne guess

    pop pop has a R&D driver and he’s whiney , Aric Almirola may have a opinion also

    Reply
  2. JoeBryant

    The reason for the other two suspensions because they were retaliations for an earlier incident (and Bubba took it to the next level by punching Kyle Larson and a NASCAR official), this looks like Cindric’s spotter just dropped the ball.

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