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Ford Running Mustang Dark Horse at Cup Level in 2024

Ford will run a new body style in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2024, it announced Nov. 1.

The manufacturer will switch to a style resembling the Mustang Dark Horse, which is the seventh generation of the Mustang, revealed in late 2022.

Ford has run the Mustang at the Cup level since 2019.

“What a crazy year it has been revealing our new global Mustangs for racing,” global director of Ford Performance Motorsports Mark Rushbrook said in a release. “The positive response from our fans around the world has been amazing, and we’re confident that this Mustang Dark Horse Cup car will be no different and that NASCAR fans will be excited to cheer us on next year.

“Our Ford Performance staff, together with our NASCAR race teams, have worked tirelessly in the wind tunnel developing this car, and I can’t wait to finally see it race on the track next season.”

In 2023, Ford has earned eight wins in the Cup Series, and it sits third in the manufacturer standings. Ryan Blaney represents the lone blue oval in the Championship 4 race this weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Both Blaney and Chris Buescher lead the manufacturer in wins with three apiece.

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Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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I remember when new cars used to be a huge deal. The ’83 Thunderbird and the ’95 Monte Carlo come to mind easily. Now no one cares.

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