While several of the Nascar Chevy teams put on a dominating performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16th, 2022, ultimately they were felled by their competitors.
Early in the race, the No. 24 Camaro ZL1 of William Byron looked to be the car to beat, but his race car fell off in the latter stages in the race, relegating him to a 13th-place finish. Chase Elliott, who has put the No. 9 Camaro in Victory Lane five times this season and won the regular season championship, struggled as well and wound up 21st, being a non-factor all race.
“When you perform that poorly you get poor results, that’s how it works,” Elliott said. He is still above the Playoffs cutoff line, but dropped to third in overall standings.
Ross Chastain’s No. 1 Camaro led the field toward the final laps of the race. However, second-place Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford Mustang, took advantage of lapped traffic to claim the top spot. Chastain’s No. 1 Camaro put up several charges, but ultimately couldn’t make it stick and finished second after leading a race-best 68 laps.
Meanwhile, just after the green flag waved on Stage 2, Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Nascar Chevy had a run-in with Bubba Wallace’s No. 45 Toyota TRD Camry. Larson’s No. 5 Camaro got loose and chased Wallace’s No. 45 Camry up the track, forcing Wallace into the wall. Wallace peeled his No. 45 Camry off the wall and immediately wheeled it down the track and into the side of Larson’s No. 5 Camaro. Both spun, collecting the No. 20 Camry of Christopher Bell. Wallace exited his No. 45 Camry and walked across the track to confront Larson, shoving the No. 5 Camaro’s driver several times.
“I saw [Wallace] walking over [toward me] so I figured he’d do something. He had every right to be upset and I’d rather him [push me] than tear up our cars in a dangerous manner,” Larson said. “He had reason to be mad but his race wasn’t over until he retaliated. It is what it is. Just aggression turned into frustration and he retaliated.”
In his interview, Wallace blamed the contact on a loss of steering in the No. 45 Camry.
|Finish||Start||Car Number||Driver||Team||Laps Run||Laps Led||Car|
|1||5||22||Joey Logano (P)||Pennzoil Ford||267||32||Ford Mustang|
|2||11||1||Ross Chastain (P)||Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet||267||68||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|3||18||18||Kyle Busch||M&M's Toyota||267||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|4||16||14||Chase Briscoe (P)||Code 3 Associates Ford||267||6||Ford Mustang|
|5||31||11||Denny Hamlin (P)||FedEx Office Toyota||267||5||Toyota TRD Camry|
|6||1||8||Tyler Reddick||ALSCO Chevrolet||267||32||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|7||27||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Bass Pro Shops Toyota||267||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|8||22||43||Erik Jones||FOCUSfactor Chevrolet||267||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|9||21||16||AJ Allmendinger(i)||Celsius Chevrolet||267||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|10||10||3||Austin Dillon||Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet||267||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|11||17||48||Noah Gragson(i)||Ally/Koker's Garage Chevrolet||267||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|12||13||4||Kevin Harvick||GEARWRENCH Ford||267||0||Ford Mustang|
|13||3||24||William Byron (P)||RaptorTough.com Chevrolet||267||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|14||28||31||Justin Haley||LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet||267||16||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|15||12||17||Chris Buescher||Castrol Ford||267||0||Ford Mustang|
|16||6||99||Daniel Suarez||Kid Rock's Honky Tonk Chevrolet||267||31||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|17||25||6||Brad Keselowski||King's Hawaiian Ford||267||0||Ford Mustang|
|18||23||10||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Ford||267||0||Ford Mustang|
|19||15||34||Michael McDowell||Love's Travel Stops Ford||267||0||Ford Mustang|
|20||24||41||Cole Custer||Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford||267||0||Ford Mustang|
|21||20||9||Chase Elliott (P)||Hooters Chevrolet||267||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|22||19||23||Ty Gibbs(i)||MoneyLion Toyota||267||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|23||29||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Kona Brewing Co Big Wave Chevrolet||267||1||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|24||30||7||Corey LaJoie||OpTic Gaming Chevrolet||267||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|25||35||38||Todd Gilliland #||Ruedebusch Dev. & Construction Ford||267||0||Ford Mustang|
|26||8||21||Harrison Burton #||DEX Imaging Ford||266||0||Ford Mustang|
|27||34||51||Cody Ware||Nurtec ODT UBCF Ford||264||0||Ford Mustang|
|28||4||12||Ryan Blaney (P)||Menards/Knauf Ford||260||39||Ford Mustang|
|29||2||2||Austin Cindric #||Autotrader Ford||259||8||Ford Mustang|
|30||36||78||BJ McLeod(i)||Pala Casino Spa Resort Ford||256||0||Ford Mustang|
|31||26||15||JJ Yeley(i)||ConectUS Kyocera Ford||253||0||Ford Mustang|
|32||32||77||Landon Cassill(i)||Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet||246||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|33||33||42||Ty Dillon||Lucky 29 Vodka Chevrolet||237||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|34||7||20||Christopher Bell (P)||Rheem – Opteon Toyota||94||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|35||14||5||Kyle Larson (P)||HendrickCars.com Chevrolet||94||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|36||9||45||Bubba Wallace||McDonald's Toyota||94||29||Toyota TRD Camry|
# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – i Part-time driver
P – Playoffs eligible