Breaking down the cup race at Circuit of the Americas: Winners and losers

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.

Despite finishing fifth last weekend at Darlington, Alex Bowman had a strong performance at Circuit of the Americas and finished fourth. Kyle Busch also had a solid outing, coming in ninth despite facing some challenges during the race.

It is important to note that Ty Gibbs had an impressive showing at Circuit of the Americas, coming in third and moving up to second in the season standings. He has now finished inside the top three in four consecutive races and is looking poised for a championship run.

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