Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Race: Food City 300
Date: August 17, 2018
No. 12 Pirtek Ford Mustang – Austin Cindric
Stage 1: 20th
Stage 2: 19th
Laps Completed: 308/310
Laps Led: 0
Driver Points Position (behind first): 9th (-228)
- Austin Cindric qualified his No. 12 Pirtek Ford Mustang 17th for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon.
- As the 300-lap race went green, the 19-year-old fell to 23rd, two laps down to the race leaders while battling a very loose Mustang, a condition he would fight the entire night.
- On lap 70 the race saw its first caution. Crew chief Matt Swiderski elected to keep Cindric on track in order to take the wave-around and allow the rookie to battle for the lucky dog. By the end of Stage 1, Cindric would race his way to the 20th position.
- As Stage 2 started, Cindric continued to fight a loose Ford. He would once again fall two laps down to race leaders as the caution fell on lap 148. Swiderski once more elected to take the wave around. On lap 159 the race was slowed once again, Cindric being the lucky dog beneficiary to join the lead lap with five laps remaining in the second stage. The series rookie would finish Stage-2 in the 19th position.
- Cindric, communicated that his Pirtek Ford would not turn off the corner. The No. 12 team continued to work on Cindric’s Ford and as the final stage progressed, he radioing his car was coming to him. But Cindric would continue to fight to remain on the lead lap and eventually lose ground to race leader Kyle Larson. With long green flag runs during the final stage, it limited the opportunity for the No. 12 team to rejoin the lead lap. The team continued to battle back, gaining five positions at the end of the race one lap down.
- With Cindric‘s 14th place finish he sits ninth in the drivers’ standings.
Quote: “I’m not sure I would call it frustrating. I’ve raced at Bristol three times and this is the first time I’ve ever raced at Bristol, so I had a lot to learn. We went two laps down early in the race and fought like hell to get it all back and got it back, and then had some issues in the rear end on the final stint that probably cost us a top 10 finish, so, all in all, I learned a lot. That’s all I can ask from myself and that’s all this team can ask from me, but, man, I just wish we could get more.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!