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JUL 7, 2024 | Ford Performance Staff

Joey Hand's Career Best Finish Leads Ford at Chicago Street Race

Joey Hand Mustang on track

CHICAGO, Ill. - In a thrilling race against not only competitors but also Mother Nature and darkness, Ford sports car star Joey Hand achieved a career-best fourth place finish on the streets of Chicago Sunday evening.

Hand, who also pilots the No. 65 Ford Mustang GT3 in IMSA, was the top-finishing Ford and one of four Mustang Dark Horses to finish inside the top 10 when the checkered flag fell due to darkness. Driving a third car, the Stage 60 entry for RFK Racing, Hand utilized his diverse racing experience to navigate the wet roads following a lengthy delay.

Michael McDowell finished fifth, charging up from 32nd on the initial restart after a one-hour and 43-minute delay caused by inclement weather, which left standing water on the course. Todd Gilliland (7th) and Ryan Blaney (10th) rounded out the top 10 finishing Fords.

The Cup Series heads to Pennsylvania next Sunday for a trip to Pocono Raceway (2:30 p.m. ET, USA, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App).

NCS RACE TOP-10 FINISHERS
1st – Alex Bowman
2nd - Tyler Reddick
3rd - Ty Gibbs
4th - Joey Hand
5th - Michael McDowell

6th - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7th - Todd Gilliland
8th - William Byron
9th - Kyle Busch
10th - Ryan Blaney

REMAINING FORD FINISHERS
14th - Noah Gragson
15th - Austin Cindric
16th - Justin Haley
18th - Brad Keselowski
20th - Chris Buescher
23rd - Joey Logano
25th - Harrison Burton
26th - Kaz Grala
28th - Josh Bilicki
32nd - Chase Briscoe
34th - Ryan Preece
36th - Josh Berry

JOEY HAND, No. 60 BuildSubmarines.com Ford Mustang Dark Horse (Finished 4th)
“It was a great day. I am all grins. That was a lot of fun. It is fun when you have a car that is going forward. RFK, this Stage 60 car and this group of guys and gals was awesome. We had such a good time together. We didn’t qualifying well but I told them that we were way better than that. I laid in bed last night and dreamt about driving to the front. It was a lot of fun. I love those conditions where everyone has to find a different way and it isn’t set in stone what you are going to do. I have won a lot of races like that in my life. I thought there was a chance was going to win another one which was going to be huge. To run fourth, starting 38th, with this car, it was a ton of fun. BuildSubmarines.com has a ton of people here and we were in a Ford Mustang. What can you say. We went to the front and I am happy about it.”

MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 34 Chicago White Sox Ford Mustang Dark Horse (Finished 5th)
“Yeah, we needed a few more laps. I am just proud of the effort. Early on, when we went to wets and it didn’t rain we were in trouble and lost a lap. We rebounded and got the wave around and after that rain delay we restarted 32nd, so I am happy to get back up into the top five. I am proud of the effort. Everybody fights hard on our 34 Ford Mustang. We called a great race at the end to get us on the slicks before everybody so that we could try to leapfrog some guys and that worked out. Those last 10 laps our car was coming in as everyone else was struggling and it was a lot of fun. But it isn’t what we needed today. We needed a win and we didn’t get it but we will just keep fighting the rest of the season.”

TODD GILLILAND No. 38 gener8tor Ford Mustang Dark Horse (Finished 7th)
“It is really disappointing actually. I didn’t help us any with that last caution. I didn’t mean to get into the 4. I was trying to go to the right and get under him under braking, and I pounded him. That is not what I wanted to do whatsoever and it definitely didn’t help us at all. Overall, our car was really strong. I am really proud of that. We have been bringing a lot more speed to the race track so that is a lot of fun.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series (July 6 – Chicago)

  • Joey Logano, driving the No. 15 Ford Mustang for AM Motorsports, finished eighth to pace Ford on the streets of Chicago.
  • Logano was making his first Xfinity Series start since 2019.
  • Defending race winner Cole Custer ran into early trouble with a pit road violation and subsequent spin before finishing 18th.
  • The Xfinity Series heads to Pocono Raceway next Saturday (3 p.m. ET, USA, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App).