Next Gen Race at Circuit of the Americas: Winners and Losers, and Surprising Performances

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.

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 the original version did not update the finishing positions for Michael McDowell, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton due to the disqualification of Justin Haley’s car after post-race inspection.

In addition to these losses, several drivers faced challenges during the race. Austin Hill was involved in an early crash that left him out of contention for a top finish. Bubba Wallace also struggled with handling issues throughout much of the race and ultimately finished outside the top 10.

Despite these challenges, there were still several strong performances by other drivers. Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch both had impressive runs, finishing fourth and ninth respectively. They are now tied for third place in the season standings behind leader Tyler Reddick and second-place Joey Logano.

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.…

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