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NASCAR Ford Teams Struggle At Inaugural Chicago Street Race: Video

Despite poor weather, the Cup Series took to the streets of Chicago on July 2nd, 2023, but unfortunately, the race didn’t really go The Blue Oval’s way, as the NASCAR Ford teams struggled to find speed and overcome incident during the event.

Trouble started right off the bat for the NASCAR Ford teams, as in the sixth turn of the first lap, the No. 10 Ford Mustang of Aric Almirola spun out, and a short while later, the No. 6 Mustang of Brad Keselowski was swept into a pileup in the same corner. However, they were able to continue, as their race cars did not suffer any debilitating damage and were able to remove themselves from the tire barrier and drive away.

Throughout the race, the NASCAR Ford teams were nonfactors. In fact, not a single Mustang racer lead a single lap, even when the sanctioning body elected to shorten the race from 100 laps to 75 due to inclement weather and the threat of darkness, as the temporary racetrack was not configured with a lighting setup to facilitate a night race.

That’s not to say The Blue Oval finished poorly – the No. 2 Mustang of Austin Cindric finished sixth, followed by the No. 34 Mustang of Michael McDowell in seventh and the No. 22 Mustang of Joey Logano in eighth.

Meanwhile, Shane van Gisbergen won in the No. 91 Chevy Camaro ZL1 in his first career NASCAR start.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Chicago Street Race, July 2, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 3 91 Shane Van Gisbergen Enhance Health Chevrolet 78 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 37 31 Justin Haley Benesch Law Chevrolet 78 23 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 26 9 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 7 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 18 8 Kyle Busch 3CHI Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 31 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
7 6 34 Michael McDowell Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
8 9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
9 12 54 Ty Gibbs # Interstate Batteries Toyota 78 1 Toyota TRD Camry
10 15 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
11 1 11 Denny Hamlin Yahoo! Toyota 78 0 Toyota TRD Camry
12 24 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
13 22 24 William Byron Valvoline Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 19 7 Corey LaJoie Celsius Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 28 41 Ryan Preece Operating Engineers Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
16 21 43 Erik Jones DRAIVER Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 10 16 AJ Allmendinger Bath Plant by BCI Acrylics Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 4 20 Christopher Bell CRAFTSMAN Racing For A Miracle Toyota 78 37 Toyota TRD Camry
19 25 38 Todd Gilliland gener8tor Skills Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
20 16 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
21 8 15 Jenson Button Mobil 1 Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
22 34 1 Ross Chastain AdventHealth Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 27 78 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 20 6 Brad Keselowski Elk Grove Village Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
25 23 42 Noah Gragson # Wendy's Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 30 51 Andy Lally Camping World Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
27 5 99 Daniel Suarez Worldwide Express Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 2 45 Tyler Reddick Monster Energy Toyota 78 8 Toyota TRD Camry
29 35 4 Kevin Harvick GEARWRENCH Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
30 32 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 78 0 Ford Mustang
31 14 23 Bubba Wallace McDonald's Toyota 78 0 Toyota TRD Camry
32 11 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 77 0 Toyota TRD Camry
33 17 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 77 0 Ford Mustang
34 36 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Mariano's/SunnyD Chevrolet 77 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 33 77 Ty Dillon Chicago White Sox Chevrolet 67 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 29 3 Austin Dillon Get Bioethanol Chevrolet 62 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 13 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 40 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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Comments

  1. Shockandawe

    The only way Fird stands a chance of winning is if NASCAR bans Chevy from racing.
    Camaro takes 1 thru 5, now that’s what I call domination!

    Reply
  2. Robert S. Underwood

    Ford will not win untill Nascar gives them as much HP as Hendrix has. Don’t you see how good the Chevys handle down the straight a ways.

    Reply

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