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No. 12 NASCAR Ford Makes It To Final 4 After Martinsville Win: Video

Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 NASCAR Ford Mustang will make a Championship 4 appearance this year, hot off a hard-fought win at Martinsville Speedway on October 29th, 2023.

Blaney swept the lead out from under the No. 10 NASCAR Ford of Aric Almirola on Lap 478 of 500, putting 0.899 seconds between the two Mustangs at the finish. The win marks Blaney’s third of the 2023 season after going winless in 2022, while also representing his first win at Martinsville and his 10th career Cup Series victory.

“Well, I mean, felt like we put together really strong Playoffs, especially the Round of 8,” Blaney said. “Just overall really proud of the whole effort. RP [Team Penske owner Roger Penske] couldn’t be here, unfortunately, but I know he’s watching. This is awesome. Can’t wait to get to Phoenix next week.”

He added, “I grew up in High Point, not too far from here. Really cool. Wanting to win here for a long time. Been super close for many years. Awesome to close it out.”

As such, Blaney is the sole NASCAR Ford team who will compete for a championship trophy in the final race of the 2023 Cup Series season at Phoenix this weekend. He joins Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 20 Toyota TRD Camry; William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevy Camaro ZL1; and Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 5 Camaro, as the four drivers who will compete for the overall championship.

It’s worth noting that Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 17 Mustang, was eliminated from the Playoffs, despite finishing eighth.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Martinsville Speedway, October 29, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 11 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Discount Tire Ford 500 145 Ford Mustang
2 12 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 500 66 Ford Mustang
3 4 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Toyota 500 156 Toyota TRD Camry
4 3 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
5 15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
6 5 5 Kyle Larson (P) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 7 20 Christopher Bell (P) Interstate Batteries Toyota 500 0 Toyota TRD Camry
8 18 17 Chris Buescher (P) Nexletol Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
9 21 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
10 17 38 Todd Gilliland Quincy Compressor Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
11 6 23 Bubba Wallace Xfinity Toyota 500 0 Toyota TRD Camry
12 1 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 500 47 Toyota TRD Camry
13 16 24 William Byron (P) PODS Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 13 1 Ross Chastain Moose Fraternity Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 28 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
16 8 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
17 14 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 499 83 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 2 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 499 0 Toyota TRD Camry
19 20 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Reese's Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 9 41 Ryan Preece United Rentals Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
21 29 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Allways Rewards Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 30 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 499 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 26 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 34 77 Ty Dillon Ferris Commercial Mowers Chevrolet 499 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 23 34 Michael McDowell StageFront.VIP Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
26 19 45 Tyler Reddick (P) The Beast Unleashed Toyota 498 0 Toyota TRD Camry
27 31 8 Kyle Busch BetMGM Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 25 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 33 51 Ryan Newman(i) Biohaven/Jacob Co Ford 497 0 Ford Mustang
30 24 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 497 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 32 42 Carson Hocevar(i) Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet 496 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 22 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 496 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 10 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 306 0 Ford Mustang
34 27 99 Daniel Suarez Jockey Outdoors By Luke Bryan Chevrolet 274 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 35 15 JJ Yeley(i) IFCJ.org Ford 271 0 Ford Mustang
36 36 78 BJ McLeod(i) Falk'd Up Garage Chevrolet 147 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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