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NASCAR Ford Teams Non-Factors At COTA 2024: Video

The Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) didn’t have a single yellow flag outside of stage cautions, and unfortunately, the NASCAR Ford teams just weren’t strong at the road course on March 24th, 2024.

Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 17 NASCAR Ford Mustang Dark Horse, was the highest-finishing Blue Oval team on Sunday, finishing ninth. However, considering that he started at the rear of the field due to changing his steering rack after qualifying, his run was fairly impressive. He had a fast Mustang all day and managed to claw up to eighth before the final pit stop before ultimately finishing ninth.

“We were behind the eight ball to get started there, having to drop to the rear,” Buescher said after the race. “We had a freak deal happen with a parts failure in practice and qualifying. That was unfortunate but I am proud of everybody on this Fastenal Ford Mustang team to pick ’em off all day long.”

Joey Logano, No. 22 Mustang; Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Mustang; and Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mustang, finished 11th, 12th and 13th respectively, while Austin Cindric was the only other NASCAR Ford to finish inside the top 20, earning an 18th-place result in the No. 2 Mustang.

Meanwhile, William Byron, driver of the No. 24 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1, dominated to win his second race of the year.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, COTA, March 24, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 68 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 4 20 Christopher Bell DEWALT Toyota 68 9 Toyota TRD Camry
3 2 54 Ty Gibbs Monster Energy Toyota 68 1 Toyota TRD Camry
4 17 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 3 45 Tyler Reddick The Beast Unleashed Toyota 68 1 Toyota TRD Camry
6 14 13 * AJ Allmendinger(i) LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 6 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 68 10 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 20 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
9 16 8 Kyle Busch Mark III Employee Benefits Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 7 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 68 2 Toyota TRD Camry
11 35 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
12 28 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Jack Links Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
13 32 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
14 8 11 Denny Hamlin Interstate Batteries Toyota 68 3 Toyota TRD Camry
15 10 23 Bubba Wallace Mobil 1 Toyota 68 0 Toyota TRD Camry
16 9 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 15 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 11 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
19 34 71 Zane Smith # Focused Health Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 12 16 Shane Van Gisbergen(i) WeatherTech Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 22 42 John Hunter Nemechek Romco Equipment Co. Toyota 68 0 Toyota TRD Camry
22 18 77 Carson Hocevar # Delaware Life Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 24 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
24 5 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 21 3 Austin Dillon Get Bioethanol Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 26 38 Todd Gilliland Ruedebusch Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
27 23 15 Kaz Grala # N29 Capital Partners Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
28 30 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Palmolive Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 25 50 * Kamui Kobayashi Mobil 1 50th Anniversary Toyota 68 0 Toyota TRD Camry
30 29 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
31 19 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 68 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 38 43 Erik Jones Family Dollar Toyota 68 0 Toyota TRD Camry
33 36 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol 125 Years Forward Ford 68 0 Ford Mustang
34 39 10 Noah Gragson Rush Truck Centers Ford 67 0 Ford Mustang
35 31 4 Josh Berry # Overstock.com Ford 67 0 Ford Mustang
36 37 66 * Timmy Hill(i) Amptricity Ford 66 0 Ford Mustang
37 33 31 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 66 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
38 27 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 51 0 Ford Mustang
39 13 51 Justin Haley Fraternal Order of Eagles Ford 68 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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  1. Shockandawe

    Want to win? Drive a Chevy!

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