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NASCAR Ford Teams Stalled By Rain Atlanta 2023: Video

A pair of NASCAR Ford Mustang race cars led the field to green at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 9th, 2023, and proved that The Blue Oval was fast throughout the race – but when rain put an early end to the Cup Series race, they just weren’t in the right place to take the checkered flag.

In fact, the No. 10 NASCAR Ford of Aric Almirola captured the pole position, and went on to lead 46 laps, and Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang took the Stage 1 win. Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 6 Mustang, emerged as a top competitor in the second stage, and was first across the line for the Stage 2 win.

However, in Stage 3, Keselowski’s No. 6 NASCAR Ford team elected to pit while others stayed out to gain position with the threat of rain looming, miring him deep in the pack. However, Keselowski was able to recover with his face race car, and put the No. 6 Mustang up to sixth by the time the race was called for rain.

On Lap 178, NASCAR ultimately ended the race early due to a severe rainstorm that drenched the track. All said and done, the No. 34 Mustang of Michael McDowell was able to salvage a fourth-place result after acquiring damage during his first pit stop after making contact with another racer. JJ Yeley’s No. 15 NASCAR Ford finished seventh thanks to his crew chief’s pit strategy, and Blaney brought in a 10th-place finish in the No. 12 Mustang.

It certainly would have been interesting to see what the NASCAR Ford teams could have really done if weather hadn’t forced NASCAR to end the race early. The No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of William Byron was in the right place at the right time, and was crowned winner.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, July 9, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 18 24 William Byron Axalta Chevrolet 185 19 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 26 99 Daniel Suarez Quaker State Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 19 16 AJ Allmendinger Farmsmart Chevrolet 185 6 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 20 34 Michael McDowell FR8Auctions.com Ford 185 0 Ford Mustang
5 22 8 Kyle Busch Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 11 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol Edge Ford 185 19 Ford Mustang
7 24 15 JJ Yeley(i) Patriot Mobile Ford 185 0 Ford Mustang
8 17 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 2 12 Ryan Blaney Wurth Ford 185 20 Ford Mustang
10 29 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Slim Jim Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 25 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 10 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Quaker State Ford 185 10 Ford Mustang
13 23 9 Chase Elliott NAPA/Children's Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 14 11 Denny Hamlin Coca-Cola Toyota 185 0 Toyota TRD Camry
15 15 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 185 39 Ford Mustang
16 9 38 Todd Gilliland Georgia Peanuts Ford 185 0 Ford Mustang
17 4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 185 11 Ford Mustang
18 1 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield/IHOP Ford 185 46 Ford Mustang
19 27 77 Ty Dillon Raze Energy Blue Shock Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 35 78 BJ McLeod Gunk Chevrolet 185 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 33 3 Austin Dillon Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 3 14 Chase Briscoe Magical Vacation Planner Ford 185 0 Ford Mustang
23 34 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 185 0 Toyota TRD Camry
24 13 41 Ryan Preece Sony Mobile ES Ford 185 0 Ford Mustang
25 37 23 Bubba Wallace Leidos Toyota 185 5 Toyota TRD Camry
26 36 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 185 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 12 45 Tyler Reddick The Beast Unleashed Toyota 185 0 Toyota TRD Camry
28 5 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 184 0 Ford Mustang
29 16 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 184 5 Toyota TRD Camry
30 6 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 181 0 Ford Mustang
31 28 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 179 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 21 51 Cole Custer(i) Jacob Companies Ford 178 0 Ford Mustang
33 31 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 174 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 7 54 Ty Gibbs # He Gets us Toyota 150 0 Toyota TRD Camry
35 30 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 124 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 8 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 111 4 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 32 62 * Austin Hill(i) Bennett Transportation/Beard Chevrolet 92 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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