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No. 34 NASCAR Ford Earns Emotional Win At Indy August 2023: Video

Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 34 NASCAR Ford Mustang, earned his second career Cup Series win in dominant fashion at the Indy Road Course on August 13th, 2023. He held off road course ace Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Chevy Camaro ZL1 to win, securing a berth in the postseason Playoffs.

McDowell’s No. 34 Mustang showed the way for 24 of 82 laps on Sunday. The race only had one yellow flag, leaving McDowell and the rest of the Cup Series field to do battle under green.

McDowell guided his No. 34 NASCAR Ford past the polesitter, Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 99 Camaro, early in the race, only relinquishing the top spot when he pulled in for a pit stop. McDowell’s No. 34 Mustang was clearly the car to beat, though, as he captured the lead once again late in the race and held it all the way to the checkered flag.

“My family comes to the races we think we can win,” said McDowell, all smiles after the race. “We thought we could win this one… I was really trying to pace myself. I figured there would be a late-race caution, and I didn’t want to burn my stuff up. I was just trying to maintain that gap.”

After the race, almost every driver on track slowed to congratulate McDowell.

McDowell’s only other Cup Series win was also earned behind the wheel of the No. 34 NASCAR Ford, when he scored the victory in the 2020 Daytona 500.

NASCAR Cup Series Results, Indianapolis Road Course, August 13, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 4 34 Michael McDowell Horizon Hobby Ford 82 54 Ford Mustang
2 3 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 82 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 1 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway.com Chevrolet 82 6 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 2 45 Tyler Reddick SiriusXM Radio Toyota 82 0 Toyota TRD Camry
5 9 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 82 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 13 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 82 0 Ford Mustang
7 12 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 82 0 Toyota TRD Camry
8 6 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 82 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 7 20 Christopher Bell Rheem/PSC Industries-Johns Manville Toyota 82 11 Toyota TRD Camry
10 8 91 * Shane Van Gisbergen(i) Enhance Health Chevrolet 82 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 17 17 Chris Buescher Castrol Edge Ford 82 0 Ford Mustang
12 10 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 82 0 Toyota TRD Camry
13 16 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Atlas Ford 82 0 Ford Mustang
14 39 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 82 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 20 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 82 0 Ford Mustang
16 27 3 Austin Dillon Cowboy Channel Chevrolet 82 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 21 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 82 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 19 23 Bubba Wallace MoneyLion Toyota 82 0 Toyota TRD Camry
19 25 11 Denny Hamlin Yahoo! Toyota 82 8 Toyota TRD Camry
20 22 6 Brad Keselowski Socios.com Ford 82 0 Ford Mustang
21 24 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 82 0 Ford Mustang
22 11 33 * Brodie Kostecki Mobile X Chevrolet 82 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 38 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 81 0 Ford Mustang
24 37 42 Mike Rockenfeller Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 81 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 34 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Frosted Flakes Chevrolet 81 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 26 16 AJ Allmendinger Dyna-Gro Seed Chevrolet 81 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 35 77 Ty Dillon Raze Tea Chevrolet 81 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 31 15 Jenson Button Mobil 1 Ford 81 0 Ford Mustang
29 14 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 81 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 29 51 Andy Lally Camping World Ford 81 0 Ford Mustang
31 30 41 Ryan Preece Purdue University Ford 81 0 Ford Mustang
32 32 78 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 81 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 28 67 * Kamui Kobayashi(i) Toyota Genuine Parts Toyota 81 0 Toyota TRD Camry
34 18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 81 0 Ford Mustang
35 36 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 81 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 5 8 Kyle Busch 3CHI Chevrolet 80 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 23 38 Todd Gilliland gener8tor Skills Ford 80 0 Ford Mustang
38 15 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 80 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
39 33 10 Aric Almirola Ford Ford 79 0 Ford Mustang

# – 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. Joe

    Near empty stands.

    Reply
    1. Booker

      Well yeah its a road course, those never pack them in lol but oh don’t let me ruin your “the sport is doomed” wet dream

      Reply
  2. Dave Mathers

    Great win for one of the ‘good guys’!!

    Reply

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