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NASCAR Ford Drivers Comment On Longest Cup Series Race

The Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the Cup Series schedule, is on the horizon. The green flag is scheduled to drop on May 26th, 2024, and the NASCAR Ford drivers are looking forward to one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, including Ryan Blaney, Josh Berry, and Chase Briscoe, to name a few.

Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Ford Mustang Dark Horse and 2023 Cup Series champion, broke an almost two-year-long winless streak at Charlotte last year during the weather-delayed 600. He wants to become the second driver in history to win multiple times in a row at the Coca-Cola 600, something only Jimmie Johnson can say he’s done.

“It was nice to put that race together. That’s obviously a long night and it was a long weekend running on Monday,” Blaney said. “It’s just cool that we were able to put a whole race together and could snap that streak of not winning for awhile and then to do it… being from just down the road was super cool with my family there and a bunch of buddies, so it would be nice to do it again. That’s something I’ll never forget.”

Josh Berry, driver of the No. 4 NASCAR Ford Mustang, will take on the 600 for the first time this coming weekend, and he’s a little nervous if not excited for the long event.

“I’m excited. I think to experience that for the first time is gonna be a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s gonna be a challenge, though, running 600 miles. I haven’t driven the Next Gen at Charlotte, so that will be a new experience for me, but I have a win in the Xfinity Series there so I’m excited to get there and see it.”

Meanwhile, Chase Briscoe, who finished fourth at the 2022 Coca-Cola 600 in the No. 14 Mustang, said he’s still beating himself up over actions that may have cost him the race two years ago, as he made contact with a competitor and wasn’t able to recover his speed.

“The Coke 600 is a super cool race. I enjoy the long races because I feel like there’s a lot of comers and goers and you can really try to make your car better,” Briscoe said. “It’s a race of attrition to a certain extent, so I’ve always enjoyed that race. Last night, I went back and watched the whole race from 2022 and I’m still kicking myself, so I’m looking forward to hopefully getting some redemption this year.”

Keep an eye on the NASCAR Ford drivers in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. The race will go green at 6 p.m. ET.

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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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