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Sport Xfinity preview: After disaster at Kansas, Austin Cindric seeks Texas sweep

08:25  24 october  2020
08:25  24 october  2020 Source:   nascar.com

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Austin Cindric won his first career oval race at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night and answered it with the most dominant win of his career in Friday night’s Alsco 300, the second half of the Bluegrass State NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader.

In two nights, Austin Cindric went from the cusp of winning on ovals to showing his ability to dominate those layouts. As Cindric threw his hands in the air after his most impressive win, Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson threw punches at each other in the only real battle at Kentucky Speedway.

a close up of a boy wearing a baseball hat: Xfinity preview: After disaster at Kansas, Austin Cindric seeks Texas sweep Xfinity preview: After disaster at Kansas, Austin Cindric seeks Texas sweep Chase Briscoe‘s dream season continued last Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

The driver of the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford picked up his ninth NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the year and earned automatic advancement into the Championship 4 season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

On Tuesday, Stewart-Haas announced Briscoe would succeed the retiring Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 NASCAR Cup Series Ford next year.

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In stark contrast, Austin Cindric‘s Kansas weekend couldn‘t have been worse. The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford made an aggressive move between cars early in the race, tangled with the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet of Noah Gragson and finished 28th.

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Austin Cindric collected his third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series win Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway after Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota failed post-race inspection – the left rear on his car ruled too low. The Team Penske driver Cindric , who swept a doubleheader


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Austin Cindric wins Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway: Austin Cindric collected his third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series win Saturday The Team Penske driver Cindric , who swept a doubleheader weekend at Kentucky Speedway last week, originally finished less than a second

See Xfinity Playoff driver Austin Cindric hit the wall hard at Texas as the opening practice claims a few cars and bends some sheet metal.

Cindric dropped from second to fourth in the series standings, just two points clear of Justin Haley in fifth, the first spot below the Round of 8 playoff cutline. But Cindric enters Saturday‘s O‘Reilly Auto Parts 300 (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as the most recent winner at Texas, and a season sweep would ensure a spot in the Championship 4.

Gragson fared even worse at Kansas. The wreck with Cindric dropped him to 36th (last) in the race and eighth in the standings, 33 points below the current cutoff. In practical terms, Gragson’s clearest path to the Championship 4 requires a victory at Texas or at Martinsville Speedway the next week.

Texas is problematic for Gragson. In his three starts at the track, he has a best finish of 13th, and his last two races there have ended with 30th-place results.

“Texas has not treated us well in the past,” Gragson said. “We were really strong here in the spring and just got bit by the bad-luck bug. We‘re coming off a rough weekend in Kansas, but my team has their heads held high, and we know we can go in this weekend and win.

“We just have to put it all together and be there at the end, which I know we are capable of doing.”

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Toyota boss responds to Tony Stewart’s criticism .
Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson said: 'We’ve given drivers the opportunities that they would not have had.'While defending Ford’s development program, which is focused on Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Hailie Deegan, Stewart criticized Toyota’s program, which has many more young drivers.

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