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NASCAR Ford Drivers Dumped On Last Lap At Talladega: Video

The Blue Oval has yet to earn a win in the Cup Series so far in 2024, and unfortunately, it extended its winless streak at Talladega on April 21st, 2024. Heading to the checkered flag, two NASCAR Ford drivers held down the front of the field, but a misplaced block sent both of them plummeting in the standings and opened the door for the No. 45 Toyota TRD Camry of Tyler Reddick to win the race.

Michael McDowell took the pole position in the No. 34 NASCAR Ford Mustang Dark Horse and stayed up front for most of the race. He was right there at the end, defending the top spot against the field, when he attempted to block the No. 6 Mustang of Brad Keselowski. The two cars made contact, triggering the biggest wreck of the race as McDowell pounded the outside wall and collected quite a few cars as he spun.

McDowell ultimately finished 31st. Keselowski recovered to finish second for the second week in a row, followed by Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 10 Mustang, in third.

“We did a good job keeping those Mustang Dark Horses up front,” said McDowell after the race. “[Keselowski] did everything right. He pushed me. I was able to get in front of him the first time but when I came back down I barely wasn’t clear. I’ll have to watch the replay. I hate it. I hate it we didn’t make it to the finish line. We had such a fast Mustang today… just came up short and took a lot of guys out and I apologize.”

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Talladega Superspeedway, April 21, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 18 45 Tyler Reddick Jordan Brand Toyota 188 13 Toyota TRD Camry
2 22 6 Brad Keselowski Castrol Edge Ford 188 2 Ford Mustang
3 36 10 Noah Gragson Overstock.com Ford 188 5 Ford Mustang
4 33 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Boost/Thomas'/Philadelphia Chevrolet 188 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 12 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 188 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 24 62 * Anthony Alfredo(i) Dude Wipes Chevrolet 188 4 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 13 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 188 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 3 38 Todd Gilliland gener8tor Ford 188 0 Ford Mustang
9 19 31 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 188 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 16 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 188 0 Ford Mustang
11 6 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 188 16 Toyota TRD Camry
12 26 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 188 3 Ford Mustang
13 32 1 Ross Chastain Jockey Outdoors by Luke Bryan Chevrolet 188 6 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 11 41 Ryan Preece United Rentals Ford 188 0 Ford Mustang
15 9 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 188 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 29 4 Josh Berry # Overstock.com Ford 188 3 Ford Mustang
17 35 77 Carson Hocevar # Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 188 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 31 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 188 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 188 22 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 21 12 Ryan Blaney Wabash Ford 188 1 Ford Mustang
21 38 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 188 0 Ford Mustang
22 15 54 Ty Gibbs Monster Energy Toyota 188 1 Toyota TRD Camry
23 2 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Ford 188 16 Ford Mustang
24 34 15 Cody Ware Jacob Construction Ford 188 0 Ford Mustang
25 8 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 188 6 Ford Mustang
26 25 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 188 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 4 8 Kyle Busch Cheddar's Chevrolet 188 4 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 17 16 Shane Van Gisbergen(i) Wendy's Chevrolet 188 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 30 71 Zane Smith # Focused Health Chevrolet 188 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 5 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 188 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 1 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 187 36 Ford Mustang
32 37 78 * BJ McLeod(i) Live Fast Motorsports Chevrolet 187 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 20 42 John Hunter Nemechek AdventHealth Toyota 184 20 Toyota TRD Camry
34 27 51 Justin Haley Parts Plus Ford 184 4 Ford Mustang
35 28 43 Erik Jones Family Dollar Toyota 154 0 Toyota TRD Camry
36 14 23 Bubba Wallace Leidos Toyota 154 0 Toyota TRD Camry
37 23 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ultimate Fan Contest Toyota 154 4 Toyota TRD Camry
38 10 20 Christopher Bell Mobil 1 Toyota 132 0 Toyota TRD Camry

# – 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. Dave Mathers

    McDowell tried to block Keselowski TWICE!! The first time worked but the second one not so much.

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