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No. 00 NASCAR Ford Wins Rain-Shortened Xfinity Chicago Street Race: Video

Rain wreaked havoc on Chicago over the weekend, forcing the inaugural Xfinity Series race on the streets to be canceled just three laps short of halfway, and five laps short of the Stage 2 caution on Saturday, July 1st, 2023. Initially, the remainder of the race was postponed until Sunday, as NASCAR rules state that at least half the distance must be run before a race can be called official, but thanks to ongoing weather and the necessity to set up for Cup Series activity, it was eventually canceled completely. Regardless, this worked in The Blue Oval’s favor, as the No. 00 NASCAR Ford Mustang of Cole Custer was leading at the time, and was thus granted the victory.

“It’s been an awesome weekend overall,” said Custer. “The whole event, the whole thing that NASCAR’s put on here – the whole city – it’s been pretty unreal… The course is such a blast to drive.”

He added, “Today, we definitely wish we could have run all the laps. We don’t want to win it this way, but at the end of the day, we had a really fast car. I think everybody knew that.”

In a statement, NASCAR said, “With standing water and flooding a significant issue at the race track and throughout the city, there was no option to return to racing prior to shifting to NASCAR Cup Series race operations. Throughout the entire planning process for the Chicago Street Race, our relationship with the City of Chicago has been strong and among the most valuable assets in reaching this historic weekend.”

The statement continued, “In the spirit of that partnership, returning on Monday for the completion of a NASCAR Xfinity Series event two laps short of halfway was an option we chose not to employ. Based on several unprecedented circumstances, NASCAR has made the decision to declare Cole Custer the winner of the race.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Chicago Street Race, July 1, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 00 Cole Custer HAAS Automation Ford 25 25 Ford Mustang
2 3 20 John Hunter Nemechek Yahoo Toyota 25 0 Toyota Supra
3 6 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
4 7 25 Brett Moffitt AM Technical Solutions Ford 25 0 Ford Mustang
5 5 21 Austin Hill Global Industrial Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
6 8 18 Sammy Smith # Pilot Flying J Toyota 25 0 Toyota Supra
7 9 11 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
8 16 16 Chandler Smith # Quick Tie Products Inc. Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
9 10 48 Parker Kligerman Spiked Light Coolers Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
10 25 26 Kaz Grala FDC Skull Crushing Espresso Toyota 25 0 Toyota Supra
11 2 2 Sheldon Creed Whelen Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
12 13 50 Preston Pardus Chincor Electric Inc. Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
13 17 88 Miguel Paludo BRANDT Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
14 32 4 Kyle Weatherman Pure Kick Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
15 18 36 Alex Guenette Paille GM/DLGL/GP3R Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
16 26 24 Parker Chase Ontivity Toyota 25 0 Toyota Supra
17 29 02 Blaine Perkins # Gratis Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
18 14 1 Sam Mayer Huck's Market Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
19 31 27 Jeb Burton Bommarito.com/EasyCare Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
20 37 51 Jeremy Clements Alliance Driveway Solutions Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
21 19 35 Alex Labbe Clubfoot Solutions Toyota 25 0 Toyota Supra
22 11 44 Sage Karam Green Line Automotive Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
23 23 8 Josh Berry Tire Pros Summer for Heroes Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 15 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 25 0 Ford Mustang
25 24 39 Ryan Sieg CMRroofing.com Ford 25 0 Ford Mustang
26 33 6 Brennan Poole Van Der Hagen Grooming Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
27 34 78 Anthony Alfredo DUDE Wipes Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
28 22 7 Spencer Pumpelly Volkswagen of Oak Lawn Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
29 21 31 Parker Retzlaff # FunkAway Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
30 30 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Little Hug Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
31 20 43 Ryan Ellis Gurtz Electric Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
32 27 53 Brad Perez Bonesteel Aerospace Chevrolet 25 0 Chevrolet Camaro
33 35 38 Joe Graf Jr. GTECHNIQ Ford 25 0 Ford Mustang
34 38 28 Brent Sherman HawkAuto.com/A. Marek Jewelry Ford 25 0 Ford Mustang
35 4 19 Connor Mosack Porter Pipe and Supply Toyota 25 0 Toyota Supra
36 36 92 Josh Williams Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 22 0 Chevrolet Camaro
37 28 34 Andre Castro University of Chicago Medicine Chevrolet 16 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 12 10 Justin Marks Jockey Chevrolet 3 0 Chevrolet Camaro

# – 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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