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NASCAR Ford Xfinity Teams Quiet At Watkins Glen 2023: Video

While it came down to contact between the leaders for the race win during the Xfinity Series at Watkins Glen on August 19th, 2023, the NASCAR Ford teams weren’t in the mix up front, having a day full of mixed results at the road course.

Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Ford Mustang, perhaps got the worst of it. He finished 35th after being forced to retire due to an issue with the suspension of his race car on Lap 37. He was understandably frustrated as he stares down the overall championship this year, and this weekend’s result puts him further behind than he wanted to be.

“I don’t think we should be in this situation as it is, it’s just frustrating,” Herbst said. “We have some good tracks for us and good tracks for Stewart-Haas Racing, I’m excited. It’s just frustrating that things like this beyond our control keep happening, but it’ll turn around one day and when it does we’ll be happy.”

Cole Custer managed to put the No. 00 NASCAR Ford inside the top 10 despite being involved in a few incidents. With 19 laps left, Custer spun out, but was able to gather it back up and keep going. Then, he was involved in contact with the No. 7 Chevy Camaro of Justin Allgaier, which triggered a larger wreck and necessitated a caution period. However, he was able to finish sixth, all said and done. In fact, he was part of the only Ford team to finish inside the top 10.

Sam Mayer’s No. 1 Camaro won after a dramatic late-race bump and run.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Watkins Glen, August 19, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 5 1 Sam Mayer Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 86 8 Chevrolet Camaro
2 13 2 Sheldon Creed Whelen Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
3 14 48 Parker Kligerman Spiked Light Coolers Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
4 17 91 Ross Chastain(i) Protect Your Melon #BUCKLEUPNY Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
5 19 24 Connor Mosack Toyota Genuine Parts Toyota 86 0 Toyota TRD Supra
6 12 20 John Hunter Nemechek Mobil 1 Toyota 86 0 Toyota TRD Supra
7 4 00 Cole Custer HighPoint Ford 86 1 Ford Mustang
8 18 16 Chandler Smith # Quick Tie Products Inc. Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
9 2 17 Alex Bowman(i) Chevrolet 86 4 Chevrolet Camaro
10 25 27 Jeb Burton Honoring All First Responders Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
11 24 9 Brandon Jones Menards/MagickWoods Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
12 32 6 Brennan Poole Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
13 33 4 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 86 2 Chevrolet Camaro
14 11 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
15 21 45 Sage Karam Rich Mar/Lakewood Vineyards Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
16 3 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 86 1 Chevrolet Camaro
17 1 19 Ty Gibbs(i) He Gets Us Toyota 86 70 Toyota TRD Supra
18 9 18 Sammy Smith # Pilot Flying J Toyota 86 0 Toyota TRD Supra
19 37 28 Kyle Sieg SFWW/LOTZE Ford 86 0 Ford Mustang
20 7 8 Josh Berry Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet 86 0 Chevrolet Camaro
21 26 39 Ryan Sieg Ford 86 0 Ford Mustang
22 36 38 Joe Graf Jr. G-coin Ford 85 0 Ford Mustang
23 6 11 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 84 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 22 8 Alex Labbe Refology Chevrolet 83 0 Chevrolet Camaro
25 28 7 Josh Bilicki Burdicks All Season Roofing Ford 83 0 Ford Mustang
26 29 31 Parker Retzlaff # Funkaway Chevrolet 82 0 Chevrolet Camaro
27 8 10 Kyle Busch(i) LA Golf Chevrolet 78 0 Chevrolet Camaro
28 15 26 Kaz Grala Island Coastal Lager Toyota 78 0 Toyota TRD Supra
29 20 25 Brett Moffitt AM Technical Solutions Ford 66 0 Ford Mustang
30 35 43 Ryan Ellis Costa Oil Chevrolet 65 0 Chevrolet Camaro
31 27 78 Anthony Alfredo BOTTICELLI Chevrolet 61 0 Chevrolet Camaro
32 38 35 Stanton Barrett Horeseheads Brewing Toyota 56 0 Toyota TRD Supra
33 23 44 Stefan Parsons AAN Adjusters/Gilreath Farms Chevrolet 45 0 Chevrolet Camaro
34 31 96 Max McLaughlin Randco Chevrolet 43 0 Chevrolet Camaro
35 10 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 37 0 Ford Mustang
36 34 92 Josh Williams Nordic Logistics/Alloy Chevrolet 23 0 Chevrolet Camaro
37 16 51 Jeremy Clements All South Electric/One Stop Chevrolet 21 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 30 02 Blaine Perkins # Gratis Chevrolet 11 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 9 18 Sammy Smith # Pilot Flying J Toyota 11 0 Toyota TRD Supra

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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  1. Shockandawe

    Another humiliating defeat for Furd, another glorious victory for Chevy!

    1. FordCosworth

      Ya, how’s that Camaro doing in real life? Oh that’s right, once again being discontinued due to poor sales.

      So what is Chevy going to race next year? No Camaro, no racing… except NASCAR bends the rules once again for gm.

      Never trust a man in a bowtie

      1. Booker

        Camaro is gone after 2024 so it is a question of what do they do in 2025. And how do they bend the rules for GM lol

        1. FordCosworth

          The last units are set to roll off Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan in January 2024. The car will cease production before the first race of 2024

          Bending the rules as in allowing gm to race a car that will no longer be in production.

          1. Booker

            Where does it say they can’t race a car that’s no longer in production? What advantage would that give them? If they wanna race a dead car, let em. Hell. Let’s bring back the fusion too and watch the fan base have a meltdown

  2. FordCosworth

    Pandoras box was opened by gm when NASCAR bent the rules 1989 – ( one could say in ’63 with the mystery motor production numbers not meeting minimum amount for eligibility ) with the Lumina ( W platform ) a FWD 4CYL/V6 which became RWD and V8 NASCAR competitor ( how in the world??? )…more than a year before the FWD vehicle was available to the public.
    NASCAR favouring gm once again with the soon to be extinct Camaro

    1. Booker

      How is it favoring GM by racing the Camaro through 2024? I’m genuinely curious and nobody can answer me straight lol

      1. FordCosworth

        How can a company run a car NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION?

        That is being favorable to gm by doing such.

        1. Booker

          but what do they GAIN from running an out of production car? It’s no longer in development, the automaker would really have no incentive to continue to innovate with it. like I said I’m genuinely curious as to what makes everyone think this is an advantage or shows favoritism for GM like, at all.

          1. FordCosworth

            I never said anything about ” gain ” or ” advantage ” . Please don’t put words in my mouth.
            But allowing a company to run soon to be non existent, out of production vehicle is playing favourites.

            ” Chevy will be able to race the Camaro for the foreseeable future. NASCAR has said gm can run it beyond 2025 ”

          2. Booker

            “That’s called throwing the dog a bone”

            Well, they’re not running a “discontinued” car until after the 2024 model year so you will be correct if they run the Camaro in 2025. See, that wasn’t so hard 🙂

        2. Booker

          “But allowing a company to run soon to be non existent, out of production vehicle is playing favourites.”

          BUT. HOW. You still haven’t answered my question lol

          1. FordCosworth

            NASCAR has never let an out of production vehicle participate in any of its National Series…until gm whined and complained regarding the Camaro cancellation.

            That’s called throwing the dog a bone

          2. FordCosworth

            FYI chevy is running the 2024 Camaro this year – that’s the MY available in the showroom and ends production in January 2024.

            ” Per a GM Authority exclusive, production of the 2024 Chevy Camaro will kick off on August 7th, 2023. Production will once again take place at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan. “

        3. Booker

          “FYI chevy is running the 2024 Camaro this year – that’s the MY available in the showroom and ends production in January 2024”

          I know, but the model year still technically exists THRU 2024. Therefore upon conclusion of the 2024 nascar season, the camaro will bow out of nascar. There will be no 2025 Camaro for the 2025 season. 🙂

  3. Shockandawe

    gm could race a turtle and still beat the Mustang. Furds dream is for gm to retire from NASCAR so they can win a race, oh wait, they’re still is Toyota.

    1. FordCosworth

      What are you 10yrs old? You debate like a child

  4. Shockandawe

    Liar, liar, pants on fire!

    1. FordCosworth

      School yard tactics


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