Cindric: I Got Wrecked Twice For Position

Harrison Burton & Austin Cindric

No. 22 MoneyLion Ford Mustang – Austin Cindric

Start: 2nd

Stage 1: 5th

Stage 2: 9th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 9

Driver Point Standings (behind first): 3rd (-21)

Notes:

Austin Cindric and the No. 22 MoneyLion team scored an eighth-place finish in the LS Tractor 200 Saturday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway. Cindric racked up his third consecutive top-10 finish this season.

The driver of the MoneyLion Mustang started second and powered his way to an early lead over Kyle Busch. As the first 45-lap stage progressed, he slowly lost position and was credited with a fifth-place finish at the end of Stage 1. He pitted during the stage caution to correct the rear lateral grip issue and restarted ninth when Stage 2 began on lap 55.

The Mooresville, N.C., native fell to the 11th position during Stage 2 but with six laps remaining in the second 45-lap segment, the third caution gave Cindric the opportunity to pit. He restarted 15th but fought his way back to ninth when Stage 2 concluded on lap 90.

Cindric ran inside the top-five in Stage 3 but over the long run, the No. 22 Ford steadily lost grip which caused him to slip through the field. He and Ross Chastain battled for position during the final segment and made contact but there was no significant damage. Cindric and the No. 22 MoneyLion team would settle for an eighth-place finish at the end of the 200-lap race.

Following Saturday’s race, Cindric now has four top-10 finishes in five races at Phoenix and remains third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, 21 points behind leader Harrison Burton.

Quote: “I about got wrecked twice for position. It is a one lane racetrack but the first thing you do when you run up on a guy is not left-rear him. I would like to hear his (Ross Chastain) point of view for sure. It’s a part of it nothing to lose sleep over. I think we need to improve our package for today, especially with the PJ1 stuff.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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