Winning and Losing at Circuit of the Americas: A Race Report

Victors and vanquished following Sunday’s Cup race at COTA

In the recent Cup race at Circuit of the Americas, several drivers emerged as winners, while others faced defeat. William Byron claimed his second victory of the season and became the first driver to win two races in three consecutive years. He also holds the record for 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.

However, not all drivers were fortunate enough to come out on top. 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 Justin Haley’s car was disqualified after post-race inspection, which affected some of these finishing positions.

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