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Austin Cindric leaves Talladega with sixth top-five of the season

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo

By: Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Austin Cindric’s consistency continued as he left Saturday’s Unhinged 300 from Talladega Superspeedway with his sixth top-five finish of the season.

After rolling off in the seventh position for the 11th event of the season, Cindric earned stage points in both the first and second stages with finishes of sixth and third.

He was in a position to win on the last restart, but with two to go and three teammates working together on the top row, he knew it would be tough to beat. Furthermore, without help to push the JR Motorsports 8 car of [Jeb] Burton, it would prove to be even more difficult.

“[You had] three teammates when we came to two to go, so that was gonna be hard to beat from the start, but it was a solid day for us,” said Cindric.

“We got stage points, we led some laps and we had a say in things at the end, I just wish I would have been able to have some more help behind me to be able to push the [8] to the lead and maybe try to race with him for the win.  It didn’t work out that way, but not a scratch on the car, so happy with that and happy to be able to have a good race with MoneyLion on the car.”

Ultimately, Cindric left Saturday’s Unhinged 300 with a fourth-place result, his sixth top-five of the season. The consistency continues as he also has eight top 10s on the season, and he believes a win is right around the corner for him and his No. 22 Team Penske team.

“It takes a great team to be able to pull off that consistency and we sure put in the work to do that,” stated Cindric. “I don’t really expect any less at this point in the year out of us, so I’m proud that we’re able to keep up that kind of a consistent effort.  Obviously, we had a fast car and a great motor from Roush Yates, so I’m proud of that, proud that we were able to contend all day with some good resources.  We didn’t have a perfect day, but it was a good day.”

Next weekend the series heads to Pocono Raceway, in two previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track, Cindric has finishes of fourth and seventh. He currently sits third in the driver points standings, 43 points behind first place Noah Gragson.

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