No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – Austin Cindric
Stage 1: 7th
Stage 2: 7th
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 4th (-130 leader)
- Austin Cindric scored a sixth-place finish in the Camping World 300 Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway. The finish was his 12th top-10 finish of the season. Cindric moves from fifth to fourth in the driver point standings, 130 points behind leader Tyler Reddick and 60 points behind third-place Cole Custer.
- The driver of the Discount Tire Ford Mustang earned the seventh place starting position during qualifying for the 200-lap, 300-mile race Saturday morning. Cindric maintained position inside the top-10, working his way up to sixth when the first caution fell on lap 11. He radioed to crew chief Brian Wilson that his Discount Tire Ford Mustang was good on fire off but was getting beat throughout the center of the turn as the run progressed. The race restated on lap 15 and remained green until the conclusion of the first stage, with Cindric scored in the seventh position. Wilson made the call to pit during the stage caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments to aid the tight Ford. Cindric returned to the track seventh in the running order when the race restarted on lap 51.
- On the restart Cindric was shuffled back to the 12th position but wasted no time racing his way back inside the top-10 by lap 62. The race was slowed for the third time on lap 77, with Cindric scored in the ninth position. Wilson elected to remain on track during the caution while some of the leaders came to pit road allowing Cindric to restart fourth with six laps remaining in Stage 2. Cindric held his own on the restart making his way to the third position but having the disadvantage of older tires, Cindric fell to seventh as the second stage concluded.
- Wilson called the Mooresville, N.C. native to pit road during the stage caution on lap 92 for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments. Cindric returned to the track in the eighth position and powered his way to fourth on the restart. The No. 22 Mustang was blacked-flagged on lap 100 for a missing right-side window. Cindric would pit on lap 103 from the fourth position and return to the track with a new window, one lap down to the leaders in the 24th position.
- On lap 109 the pace was slowed for the fifth time and No. 22 Discount Tire team received the free pass. Wilson called Cindric to pit under caution for four tires and fuel and he would restart 23rd on lap 115. With a stellar restart and a fast Discount Tire Mustang, Cindric muscled his way back inside the top-10 by lap 121 and sixth by lap 142. On lap 153 Wilson called Cindric to pit road from the sixth position for a scheduled green flag stop to make it to the end of the 300-mile race. The caution would slow the pace with 28 laps remaining and Cindric scored in seventh. Wilson would call the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford to pit road on lap 175 four tires and fuel one last time. Cindric would restart seventh with 21 laps remaining in the 200-lap race. Over the final stent, Cindric would battle for position and contend for a top- five finish with Brandon Jones but Jones would nudge Cindric at the finish line, Cindric settling for sixth position.
Quote: “I came on the radio at one point after we had the window come out under green and got a lucky caution, I said, ‘Guys, adversity is the spice of life and it is about to get spicy.’ We were up to the top-10 again about three laps after the restart. We got the car right, made the right adjustments. A couple guys were clever with strategy there at the end. We probably should have been fourth or fifth on the day but I am happy with it. It is probably one of the best executed races we have had in the last month.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!