June 21, 2024

From Triumph to Tribulations: A Look at the Winners and Losers in the Next Gen Cup Race at Circuit of the Americas

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Victors and vanquished following Sunday’s Cup race at COTA

The Cup race at Circuit of the Americas saw 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. In addition, 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, some drivers did not fare as well in the race. Michael McDowell had a disappointing finish of 38th due to power steering failure, which marked 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 worth noting that after post-race inspection, Justin Haley’s car was disqualified which affected some drivers’ finishing positions.

Overall, it was an exciting race that saw both successes and failures for different drivers.

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