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Disappointing Day For Xfinity NASCAR Ford Teams At Charlotte: Video

As with their Truck Series brethren, the NASCAR Ford teams had a rough go at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Xfinity Series race on May 25th, 2024. Only one Ford Mustang Dark Horse race car finished inside the top 10 – the No. 39 Mustang of Ryan Sieg, who brought it home in seventh place.

When an early caution flag waved, Sieg elected to stay out, saving a set of fresh tires for later on. However, while this played out in the favor of the ultimate winner, Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 17 Chevy Camaro SS, Sieg just didn’t have the speed to keep pace with the leaders and quietly finished just inside the top 10.

Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Mustang, didn’t have nearly as good of a day. He tangled with AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 16 Camaro, and hurtled toward the inside wall.

“I haven’t seen a replay. I passed him twice cleanly,” Herbst said . “I slid him, racing at Charlotte. It’s fast, it’s hot. I think next week at Portland is his favorite track. So we’ll see what happens. He had a run off the top, which is fine. And he could’ve tried to slide me back and get some momentum, but instead he just caught my left rear and hooked me. So, it’s unfortunate, but probably unfortunate for him.”

Then, Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Mustang, was not happy after a run-in with Austin Hill, driver of the No. 21 Camaro. The two were racing inside the top five, slamming doors several times before Custer hit the wall and came down across the track, striking Hill’s race car and causing Hill to cut a tire. Hill then ran into Custer, forcing the No. 00 NASCAR Ford into the wall and incurring critical damage that forced his retirement from the race as he spun and hit the inside wall.

“He tried to kill me on the backstretch and just held it full throttle until he wrecked our car and killed the rear clip,” Custer said of the incident.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 25, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 30 17 Chase Elliott(i) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 200 18 Chevrolet Camaro
2 10 9 Brandon Jones Menards/CharBroil Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
3 16 8 Sammy Smith Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
4 13 1 Sam Mayer Tire Pros Chevrolet 200 44 Chevrolet Camaro
5 11 16 AJ Allmendinger LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
6 2 33 Kyle Busch(i) BetMGM/Rebel Bourbon Chevrolet 200 34 Chevrolet Camaro
7 21 39 Ryan Sieg Sci Aps Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
8 36 11 Josh Williams Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
9 1 20 Ty Gibbs(i) He Gets Us Toyota 200 27 Toyota TRD Supra
10 18 30 Noah Gragson(i) Auto Parts Centres Ford 200 9 Ford Mustang
11 27 91 Kyle Weatherman MyRadar/DriveSmartWarranty.com Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
12 15 19 Taylor Gray(i) Operation 300 Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Supra
13 24 51 Jeremy Clements Spartan Waste/Fox Sports 98.3 Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
14 12 31 Parker Retzlaff FUNKAWAY Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
15 29 97 Shane Van Gisbergen # Focused Health Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
16 17 5 Anthony Alfredo Dude Wipes Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
17 5 27 Jeb Burton Puryear Tank Lines Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
18 3 81 Chandler Smith QuickTie Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Supra
19 34 28 Kyle Sieg Night Owl National Contractors Ford 199 5 Ford Mustang
20 32 15 Hailie Deegan # AirBox Ford 199 0 Ford Mustang
21 38 14 JJ Yeley Engine Parts Plus Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Camaro
22 33 4 Dawson Cram # TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Camaro
23 25 42 Leland Honeyman # Professional Builders Supply Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 20 6 Garrett Smithley TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Camaro
25 8 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 198 0 Chevrolet Camaro
26 14 38 Matt DiBenedetto Viking Motorsports Ford 198 0 Ford Mustang
27 22 43 Ryan Ellis MacLean Power Systems Chevrolet 198 0 Chevrolet Camaro
28 4 2 Jesse Love # Whelen Chevrolet 198 14 Chevrolet Camaro
29 37 92 Natalie Decker Bikini Zone Chevrolet 196 0 Chevrolet Camaro
30 35 7 Patrick Emerling Liberty Brew Chevrolet 191 0 Chevrolet Camaro
31 23 44 Brennan Poole Macc Door Systems Chevrolet 190 0 Chevrolet Camaro
32 6 0 Cole Custer Fanttik Ford 184 0 Ford Mustang
33 9 7 Justin Allgaier Hellmann's/Round Canopy Team Chevrolet 176 40 Chevrolet Camaro
34 26 26 Dean Thompson(i) MCM Transportation Toyota 137 0 Toyota TRD Supra
35 31 29 Blaine Perkins AutoParkit.com Ford 135 0 Ford Mustang
36 7 18 Sheldon Creed Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota 119 9 Toyota TRD Supra
37 28 48 Parker Kligerman Spiked Lite Coolers Chevrolet 71 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 19 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 29 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. Duane Baker

    25 Chevy’s and 6 or 7 Fords, what do you expect, speed costs money and numbers matter, General Motors I assume has 3 times the budget that Ford, easy answer.

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