NASCAR Cup Race at Circuit of the Americas: Winners and Losers in Action

Victors and vanquished following Sunday’s Cup race at COTA

The Cup race at Circuit of the Americas produced both winners and losers. William Byron emerged as a winner, claiming his second victory of the season and becoming the first driver to win two races in three consecutive years. He also has the most wins in the Next Gen car since its debut in 2022. Christopher Bell finished as the runner-up, securing his fourth top-10 finish of the season. Ty Gibbs came in third, marking his fifth consecutive top-10 finish and moving up to second in the season standings. Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch also had strong performances, finishing fourth and ninth respectively.

On the other hand, there were some losers from the race. Michael McDowell had a disappointing finish of 38th due to power steering failure, marking the second time this season he has finished 35th or worse.

Noah Gragson finished in 34th place, continuing a trend of finishing poorly in multiple races this season.

Harrison Burton finished in 30th place, with five finishes outside the top 27 in six races.

It is important to note that due to disqualification of Justin Haley’s car after post-race inspection, Michael McDowell’s original finishing position was not updated. Similarly, Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton’s original finishing positions were not updated due to disqualification of Justin Haley’s car after post-race inspection.

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