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Only One NASCAR Ford Finishes On Lead Lap At March 2024 Bristol: Video

Just five Cup Series racers finished on the lead lap at Bristol on March 17th, 2024, as extreme tire wear proved a challenge for most of the field on Sunday. One of those lead-lap cars was the No. 6 Ford Mustang Dark Horse of Brad Keselowski, who earned a hard-fought third-place finish.

Tire management was critical on the concrete surface at Bristol. In fact, most teams reported exposed cords after just 45 green-flag laps, prompting NASCAR and Goodyear to launch an investigation into excessive tire wear. Even so, Keselowski said that the threat of blowing a tire made the racing quite a bit more challenging.

“It was an interesting day,” he said. “There was a lot of discipline required and it was a fun race, to be honest, because you just had to be so smart behind the wheel. It would bite you in a heartbeat and you had to have a good set-up. I think we had a good set-up and tried to run the smartest race I could.”

Meanwhile, other NASCAR Ford teams didn’t fare as well. Ryan Blaney started on the pole position, but wasn’t able to maintain speed as his tires were eaten up, relegating the No. 12 Mustang to a disappointing 16th-place finish. He battled Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 1 Chevy Camaro ZL1, for the position, and wasn’t happy when the Chevy driver nosed into his bumper to pass him. In a postrace interview, Blaney refused to comment on his ongoing rivalry with Chastain, saying he was “tired” being asked “Ross questions.”

Aside from Keselowski, the only other racers on the lead lap were Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota TRD Camry in first, Martin Truex. Jr’s No. 19 Camry in second, Alex Bowman’s No. 48 Camaro in fourth and Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Camaro in fifth.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Bristol Motor Speeday, March 17, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 3 11 Denny Hamlin Express Oil Change Toyota 500 163 Toyota TRD Camry
2 11 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 500 54 Toyota TRD Camry
3 17 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 500 1 Ford Mustang
4 29 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 500 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 10 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 500 19 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 26 42 John Hunter Nemechek Dollar Tree Toyota 499 0 Toyota TRD Camry
7 34 17 Chris Buescher BuildSubmarines.com Ford 499 17 Ford Mustang
8 5 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 499 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 19 54 Ty Gibbs SiriusXM Toyota 499 137 Toyota TRD Camry
10 12 20 Christopher Bell DEWALT Toyota 499 29 Toyota TRD Camry
11 7 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 499 0 Ford Mustang
12 2 4 Josh Berry # SunnyD Ford 499 25 Ford Mustang
13 6 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 498 0 Ford Mustang
14 25 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 498 0 Ford Mustang
15 36 1 Ross Chastain Busch Light Fishing Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 1 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 498 14 Ford Mustang
17 32 51 Justin Haley Ohanafy Ford 498 0 Ford Mustang
18 28 99 Daniel Suarez Jockey Outdoors by Luke Bryan Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 33 15 Kaz Grala # N29 Capital Partners Ford 498 0 Ford Mustang
20 15 43 Erik Jones AdventHealth Toyota 498 0 Toyota TRD Camry
21 18 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 498 4 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 498 5 Ford Mustang
23 30 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Mountain Dew/Doritos Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 31 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 498 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 14 8 Kyle Busch FICO Chevrolet 498 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 24 38 Todd Gilliland CITGARD Ford 497 0 Ford Mustang
27 35 77 Carson Hocevar # Gainbridge Cal Ripken Sr. Fdn. Chevrolet 497 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 20 31 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 496 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 9 23 Bubba Wallace Leidos Toyota 496 15 Toyota TRD Camry
30 23 45 Tyler Reddick Monster Energy Toyota 495 4 Toyota TRD Camry
31 21 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 495 0 Ford Mustang
32 13 21 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Ford 495 0 Ford Mustang
33 27 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ball Park Buns & Rolls Chevrolet 495 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 22 10 Noah Gragson Black Rifle Coffee/Ranger Boats Ford 494 0 Ford Mustang
35 8 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 492 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 16 71 Zane Smith # Focused Health Chevrolet 192 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.

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