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No. 99 NASCAR Chevy Wins Three-Wide Photo Finish At Atlanta: Video

A pair of Chevy race cars and a single Ford machine streaked toward the finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 25th, 2024, crossing the line three abreast in a photo finish that was decided by a fraction of a second. Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 99 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1, came out ahead to earn his second Cup Series win with a damaged race car.

On the final restart that left the field with just five laps to the checkered flag, Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang surged ahead of the pack and held control for four laps while Suárez and Kyle Busch’s No. 8 NASCAR Chevy lurked. Then, on the last lap, Suárez and Busch each mounted a charge. Suárez swung close to the wall while Busch opted to slice into the middle lane as they headed out of Turn 4, and the three appeared to be evenly matched.

However, Suárez managed to eke ahead at the stripe. He finished with 0.003 seconds over Blaney and 0.007 seconds over Busch.

“It was so damn close, man,” said Suárez after the race. “It was so damn close. It was good racing. Ryan Blaney there, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric also was doing a great job giving pushes. In the back straightaway he didn’t push me because he knew I was going to (screw) his teammate, but, man, what a job.”

He added, “We wrecked [on] Lap 2. The guys did an amazing job fixing this car. I can’t thank everyone enough, Trackhouse Racing, Freeway Insurance, Chevrolet, all the amazing fans here. Let’s go!”

Busch, meanwhile, lamented his razor-thin third-place finish.

“Yeah, typically whoever is behind getting into [Turn] 3 prevails at the start-finish line with the side draft and everything,” he said. “It’s good to see Daniel get a win. We were helping each other, being Chevy team partners and working together there. Shows that when you do have friends and you can make alliances that they do seem to work, and that was a good part of today.”

NASCAR Cup Series Race Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 25, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 23 99 Daniel Suárez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 260 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 6 12 Ryan Blaney BodyArmor Zero Sugar Ford 260 31 Ford Mustang
3 3 8 Kyle Busch Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet 260 28 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 8 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Knauf Insulation Ford 260 32 Ford Mustang
5 18 23 Bubba Wallace MoneyLion Toyota 260 3 Toyota TRD Camry
6 27 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Blue Buffalo Chevrolet 260 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 21 1 Ross Chastain Moose Fraternity Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 1 34 Michael McDowell Benebone Ford 260 27 Ford Mustang
9 7 17 Chris Buescher BuildSubmarines.com Ford 260 1 Ford Mustang
10 25 54 Ty Gibbs Monster Energy Toyota 260 0 Toyota TRD Camry
11 16 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
12 12 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 260 9 Toyota TRD Camry
13 32 7 Corey LaJoie Celsius Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 33 15 Kaz Grala # N29 Capital Partners Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
15 28 9 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 20 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
17 11 24 William Byron Raptor High Heat Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 26 31 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 35 77 Carson Hocevar # Premier Security Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 31 51 Justin Haley Grady Medical Centers Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
21 34 42 John Hunter Nemechek Family Dollar Toyota 260 0 Toyota TRD Camry
22 10 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Toyota 259 15 Toyota TRD Camry
24 36 78 * BJ McLeod(i) Live Fast Motorsports Chevrolet 257 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 37 43 Erik Jones AdventHealth Toyota 256 0 Toyota TRD Camry
26 4 38 Todd Gilliland Georgia Peanuts Ford 256 58 Ford Mustang
27 17 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 255 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 252 27 Ford Mustang
29 14 4 Josh Berry # Harrison's Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
30 19 45 Tyler Reddick Xfinity Mobile Toyota 243 0 Toyota TRD Camry
31 9 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 239 0 Ford Mustang
32 5 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 222 17 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 24 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 218 2 Ford Mustang
34 22 20 Christopher Bell DEWALT Toyota 148 0 Toyota TRD Camry
35 29 71 Zane Smith # City of Refuge Chevrolet 75 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 15 10 Noah Gragson Black Rifle Coffee/Ranger Boats Ford 66 0 Ford Mustang
37 30 16 Josh Williams(i) Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 2 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra Purcell: Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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