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Harvick, Logano Among NASCAR Ford Teams Eliminated At Bristol: Video

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 NASCAR Ford Mustang, won’t have the chance to go for back-to-back Cup Series championships this year, and Kevin Harvick will retire from the No. 4 Mustang without another championship trophy to his name. Both drivers were eliminated from the 2023 Playoffs after the race at Bristol on September 16th, 2023. In fact, three of the four drivers eliminated from the championship belonged to The Blue Oval camp.

Logano found himself in trouble after a wreck halfway through Saturday night’s race, during which the No. 22 Mustang was critically damaged. He ultimately had to retire from the event, finishing 34th and plummeting in the standings.

“Not as good as we needed to be,” Logano said of his overall 2023 performance. “Inconsistent. Not fast enough, not scoring stage points. When you don’t score stage points, that just says you’re not fast enough… If this was a few years ago and it wasn’t stage racing, we would be sitting in a lot better shape because we figure out a way to close races. But we don’t score the points during the race because we’re just not fast enough.”

Harvick, meanwhile, just wasn’t able to get the No. 4 NASCAR Ford up to speed and struggled with the handling throughout the race. He finished 29th, five laps down.

“There wasn’t a flash of brilliance from the time we took it off the truck,” Harvick said of the No. 4 Mustang. “We could have won Darlington. We were off at Kansas and terrible here.”

Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 34 NASCAR Ford, was also eliminated from the Playoffs, despite finishing sixth at Bristol. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., winner of this year’s Daytona 500 and driver of the No. 47 Chevy Camaro ZL1, was also knocked out of the championship.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Bristol Motor Speedway, September 16, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 2 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Freight Direct Toyota 500 142 Toyota TRD Camry
2 36 5 Kyle Larson (P) Valvoline/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 500 20 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 1 20 Christopher Bell (P) Reser's Fine Foods Toyota 500 187 Toyota TRD Camry
4 20 17 Chris Buescher (P) BuildSubmarines.com Ford 500 1 Ford Mustang
5 8 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 500 102 Toyota TRD Camry
6 4 34 Michael McDowell (P) Love's/Delo Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
7 7 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Gold Filters Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 6 6 Brad Keselowski (P) Castrol Edge Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
9 3 24 William Byron (P) Relay Payments Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 25 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P) Scott Brand Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 16 42 Carson Hocevar(i) Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 17 41 Ryan Preece Operating Engineers Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
13 13 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 9 23 Bubba Wallace (P) Columbia Sportswear Company Toyota 499 0 Toyota TRD Camry
15 12 45 Tyler Reddick (P) Jordan Brand Toyota 499 0 Toyota TRD Camry
16 30 38 Todd Gilliland Speedy Cash Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
17 18 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 26 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield/IHOP Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
19 5 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 498 0 Toyota TRD Camry
20 15 8 Kyle Busch (P) Cheddar's/ALSCO Uniforms Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 24 99 Daniel Suarez Aerial Recovery Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 11 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Advance Auto Parts Ford 498 0 Ford Mustang
23 23 1 Ross Chastain (P) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 31 43 Erik Jones U.S. AIR FORCE Chevrolet 497 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 10 7 Corey LaJoie NEGU Chevrolet 497 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 35 15 JJ Yeley(i) Steakhouse Elite Burgers Ford 495 0 Ford Mustang
27 14 14 Chase Briscoe Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford 495 0 Ford Mustang
28 32 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 495 0 Ford Mustang
29 21 4 Kevin Harvick (P) GEARWRENCH Ford 495 0 Ford Mustang
30 22 16 AJ Allmendinger Barger Precast Chevrolet 491 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 34 78 BJ McLeod(i) FreedomWorksHere.com Chevrolet 490 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 29 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Monster Ford 488 0 Ford Mustang
33 33 77 Ty Dillon Gainbridge Chevrolet 263 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 28 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 262 0 Ford Mustang
35 19 31 Justin Haley Mountain Dew Chevrolet 261 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 27 51 Ryan Newman Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver
P – Playoffs eligible

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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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