No. 12 NASCAR Ford Loses Three-Wide Photo Finish At Atlanta: Video

Mere inches decided the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 25th, 2024, and unfortunately, Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 NASCAR Ford Mustang was on the wrong side of the stripe in a three-wide photo finish.

Blaney looked like he had the Mustang Dark Horse race car to beat after snagging the lead on the final restart, holding onto the top spot for four laps. However, the No. 99 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Daniel Suárez and the No. 8 Camaro of Kyle Busch shot out from the pack on the last lap, each looking to put Blaney in the rearview. Blaney took to the bottom lane, hoping to hold his lead as they charged to the finish line, but was equally matched by Busch and Suárez as they went neck-and-neck to the checkered flag.

Timing and scoring results showed Blaney’s No. 12 NASCAR Ford nearly dead even with Suárez’s No. 99 Camaro, but the latter was declared the winner by a razor-thin margin of 0.003 seconds.

“I thought I laid back enough in [Turns] 1 and 2 to not let both lanes get that big of a run,” Blaney said after the race. “I did that like the three laps before the end, and I was able to manage it kind of fairly well, and they just got both lanes shoving super hard. I just chose the bottom, and it was the safest place to be.”

He added, “What a cool finish. Appreciate the fans for sticking around. That’s a lot of fun. That’s always a good time when we can do that, race clean, three-wide finish to the end. Happy for Daniel. That was cool to see. Fun racing with Kyle. I can’t complain; I’ve won them by very, very little, too, so I can’t complain too much when I lose them by that much.”

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 25, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 23 99 Daniel Suárez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 260 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 6 12 Ryan Blaney BodyArmor Zero Sugar Ford 260 31 Ford Mustang
3 3 8 Kyle Busch Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet 260 28 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 8 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Knauf Insulation Ford 260 32 Ford Mustang
5 18 23 Bubba Wallace MoneyLion Toyota 260 3 Toyota TRD Camry
6 27 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Blue Buffalo Chevrolet 260 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 21 1 Ross Chastain Moose Fraternity Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 1 34 Michael McDowell Benebone Ford 260 27 Ford Mustang
9 7 17 Chris Buescher BuildSubmarines.com Ford 260 1 Ford Mustang
10 25 54 Ty Gibbs Monster Energy Toyota 260 0 Toyota TRD Camry
11 16 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
12 12 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 260 9 Toyota TRD Camry
13 32 7 Corey LaJoie Celsius Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 33 15 Kaz Grala # N29 Capital Partners Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
15 28 9 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 20 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
17 11 24 William Byron Raptor High Heat Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 26 31 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 35 77 Carson Hocevar # Premier Security Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 31 51 Justin Haley Grady Medical Centers Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
21 34 42 John Hunter Nemechek Family Dollar Toyota 260 0 Toyota TRD Camry
22 10 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Toyota 259 15 Toyota TRD Camry
24 36 78 * BJ McLeod(i) Live Fast Motorsports Chevrolet 257 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 37 43 Erik Jones AdventHealth Toyota 256 0 Toyota TRD Camry
26 4 38 Todd Gilliland Georgia Peanuts Ford 256 58 Ford Mustang
27 17 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 255 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 252 27 Ford Mustang
29 14 4 Josh Berry # Harrison's Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
30 19 45 Tyler Reddick Xfinity Mobile Toyota 243 0 Toyota TRD Camry
31 9 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 239 0 Ford Mustang
32 5 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 222 17 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 24 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 218 2 Ford Mustang
34 22 20 Christopher Bell DEWALT Toyota 148 0 Toyota TRD Camry
35 29 71 Zane Smith # City of Refuge Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 15 10 Noah Gragson Black Rifle Coffee/Ranger Boats Ford 66 0 Ford Mustang
37 30 16 Josh Williams(i) Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 2 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – 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.

Alexandra Purcell

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.