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No. 12 NASCAR Ford Salvages Top Five Finish At Martinsville April 2024: Video

While three Chevy teams swept the podium in the Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 7th, 2024, NASCAR Ford driver Ryan Blaney quietly fought back to a fifth-place finish after an early race mishap, leading The Blue Oval’s efforts on Sunday.

Blaney suffered a miscue on Pit Road and was forced to restart at the rear early in the race. Battling an ill-handling race car and rivals that proved insanely difficult to pass, he muscled the No. 12 Ford Mustang Dark Horse within striking distance of the leaders. Then, in Stage 3, Blaney’s crew chief, Jonathan Hassler, took a risk, putting two tires on the race car, putting him in good position as they worked on the No. 12 Mustang’s handling.

“Obviously, not the first half of the race we wanted,” Blaney said after finishing fifth. “We didn’t get any stage points [during Stage 1 and 2] but I am proud of the fight and perseverance of the Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang 12 team. We will go on to Texas.”

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Mustang, finished sixth, meanwhile, after leading an impressive 84 laps. However, he suffered a blown tire at the end of Stage 2, but managed to bounce back.

“It was a solid day,” he said. “We led a bunch of laps. We got out front, but the tire came apart at the end of that stage there, which cost us a stage win, unfortunately… After that, we kind of lost control of the race.”

Ryan Preece took ninth in the No. 41 NASCAR Ford, followed by Chase Briscoe, who took 10th in the No. 14 Mustang. William Byron’s No. 24 Chevy Camaro ZL1 got across the line first for the win, followed by the Camaros of Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, respectively.

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Martinsville Speedway, April 7, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 18 24 William Byron Axalta Ruby Chevrolet 415 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 1 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Ruby Chevrolet 415 86 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 3 9 Chase Elliott UniFirst Ruby Chevrolet 415 64 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 2 23 Bubba Wallace McDonald's Toyota 415 0 Toyota TRD Camry
5 9 12 Ryan Blaney Advance Auto Parts Ford 415 0 Ford Mustang
6 6 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 415 84 Ford Mustang
7 19 45 Tyler Reddick MoneyLion Toyota 415 0 Toyota TRD Camry
8 10 48 Alex Bowman Ally Ruby Chevrolet 415 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 22 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 415 0 Ford Mustang
10 5 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 415 8 Ford Mustang
11 8 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota 415 66 Toyota TRD Camry
12 17 43 Erik Jones Family Dollar Toyota 415 0 Toyota TRD Camry
13 16 38 Todd Gilliland Carson-Newman University Ford 415 0 Ford Mustang
14 12 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 415 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 30 17 Chris Buescher BuildSubmarines.com Ford 414 0 Ford Mustang
16 11 8 Kyle Busch Lucas Oil Chevrolet 414 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 25 77 Carson Hocevar # Delaware Life Chevrolet 414 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 4 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 414 0 Toyota TRD Camry
19 15 54 Ty Gibbs Monster Energy Toyota 414 0 Toyota TRD Camry
20 26 10 Noah Gragson Overstock.com Ford 414 0 Ford Mustang
21 35 34 Michael McDowell Long John Silver's Ford 414 0 Ford Mustang
22 21 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 414 13 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 14 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Libman Ford 414 6 Ford Mustang
24 13 6 Brad Keselowski Body Guard Ford 414 0 Ford Mustang
25 7 4 Josh Berry # Mobil 1 50th Anniversary Ford 413 0 Ford Mustang
26 31 15 Kaz Grala # N29 Capital Partners Ford 413 0 Ford Mustang
27 33 16 Josh Williams(i) Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 413 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 36 31 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 413 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 23 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SUNNYD Chevrolet 413 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 27 51 Justin Haley Ohanafy Ford 413 0 Ford Mustang
31 24 71 Zane Smith # Focused Health Chevrolet 412 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 32 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 412 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 34 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 412 0 Ford Mustang
34 28 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 412 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 20 20 Christopher Bell Yahoo! Toyota 411 0 Toyota TRD Camry
36 29 42 John Hunter Nemechek Skip Barber Racing School Toyota 396 0 Toyota TRD Camry
37 37 66 * David Starr(i) Amptricity Ford 311 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. Mabe

    Ford NASCAR Racing Program Director should be fired. If Ford could beat Ferrari …surely they can beat Chevy and Toyota. I’m ashamed as a Loyal Ford Fan

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