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NASCAR Ford Teams Fade At Texas 2023: Video

Texas Motor Speedway was a race full of wrecks and tire blowouts, and the NASCAR Ford teams that held on to the end just didn’t have the speed to win on Sunday, September 24th, 2023.

The best Blue Oval racer was the No. 4 Ford Mustang of Kevin Harvick, who nosed his way into sixth place at the line after a relatively quiet run. However, Harvick is not eligible for the Playoffs, as he was eliminated after last weekend’s race at Bristol. Meanwhile Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 NASCAR Ford tailed him in seventh. Keselowski is still competing in the Playoffs, and his top 10 finish is an encouraging result as the season winds down. As it stands right now, he’s eight points above the cutoff line, and historically does well at Talladega, where the Cup Series will race next weekend.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Mustang, finished 10th, meanwhile, after a successful run. He’s not eligible for the Playoffs, however.

Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Mustang, appeared to have a decent day in the bag, racing the leaders for most of the afternoon, until he was nailed with a speeding penalty with 59 laps left. To add insult to injury, before Blaney could recover from the penalty, he was swept into a multicar wreck after two other competitors made contact. The No. 12 Mustang was damaged beyond repair, and he was forced to retire, ultimately finishing 28th, 11 laps down. He’s now below the Playoffs cutoff line an in danger of being eliminated from the postseason championship, with two races left before the Round of 12 concludes.

William Byron’s No. 24 Chevy Camaro ZL1 secured a berth in the Round of 8 with his surprise win at Texas.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Texas Motor Speedway, September 24, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 18 24 William Byron (P) Liberty University Chevrolet 267 6 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 5 1 Ross Chastain (P) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 267 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 1 23 Bubba Wallace (P) McDonald's Toyota 267 111 Toyota TRD Camry
4 9 20 Christopher Bell (P) Interstate Batteries Toyota 267 0 Toyota TRD Camry
5 10 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Toyota 267 0 Toyota TRD Camry
6 22 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
7 3 6 Brad Keselowski (P) BuildSubmarines.com Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
8 8 99 Daniel Suarez Kubota Chevrolet 267 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 24 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet 267 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 31 14 Chase Briscoe Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
11 29 9 Chase Elliott (P) Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 267 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 14 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 267 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 28 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 267 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 2 17 Chris Buescher (P) Fastenal Ford 267 2 Ford Mustang
15 17 34 Michael McDowell Love's/Delo Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
16 19 42 Carson Hocevar(i) Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet 267 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 16 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 267 0 Toyota TRD Camry
18 21 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
19 26 77 Ty Dillon Shelton Companies Chevrolet 267 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 30 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
21 20 22 Joey Logano AAA Insurance Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
22 34 78 BJ McLeod(i) Gunk Chevrolet 267 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 25 41 Ryan Preece Autodesk Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
24 33 38 Zane Smith(i) Ambetter Health Ford 267 0 Ford Mustang
25 15 45 Tyler Reddick (P) Jordan Brand Toyota 267 36 Toyota TRD Camry
26 27 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 262 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 32 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 261 1 Ford Mustang
28 23 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 258 0 Ford Mustang
29 6 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 255 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 12 43 Erik Jones vseverybody.com Chevrolet 255 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 11 5 Kyle Larson (P) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 248 99 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 35 15 JJ Yeley(i) Patriot Mobile/Folds of Honor Ford 241 2 Ford Mustang
33 4 54 Ty Gibbs # Interstate Batteries Toyota 77 0 Toyota TRD Camry
34 7 8 Kyle Busch (P) 3CHI Chevrolet 73 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 36 51 Todd Gilliland Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 52 0 Ford Mustang
36 13 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 40 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – 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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  1. wayne guess

    perfect for nascar , win a few (throw em a bone) and then back to usual business

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