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Kickin The Tires

Austin Cindric’s streak of Top-10’s ends at Bristol

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer 

Austin Cindric had a streak of five Top-10 finishes in his last five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, however that would end at Bristol.

Wrong place, wrong time for the driver of the No. 22 Odyssey Battery Ford Mustang for Team Penske.

The No. 10 of Ross [Chastain] encountered a flat right front tire as he and Cindric battled for the fourth position on lap six.

Chastain made contact with Cindric, sending his Ford Mustang hard into the wall where he sustained substantial right-side damage.

The incident ended Cindric’s day and relegated him to a 36th place finish.

“I wish I had a reason to be upset, but not even getting 10 laps into the race and having somebody else’s issue end your day is really unfortunate, especially for Odyssey Battery,” expressed Cindric. “The momentum we’ve been on coming off two straight top fives, we’ve been an incredibly consistent team all year and I feel like that’s why we’re so far up in the points.

Still seeking his first win of 2020, he was heading in the right direction having earned top-five’s at both Darlington and Charlotte.

“We’re coming close to wins, so we just have to keep that same mentality moving forward to Atlanta,” said Cindric. “It’s just annoying. I don’t really know how else to look at it, but that’s racing.  It’s Bristol. We’ll move on, I guess.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series next heads to Atlanta. A place that Cindric has never finished outside the Top-10 in NXS competition. 

In his two previous starts he has finishes of seventh and 10th, respectively. 

Tune into the EchoPark 250 from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday June 6 at 4:30 pm ET with coverage on FOX and PRN. 


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