Austin Cindric Secures Xfinity Victory at Daytona Road Course

Austin Cendric

It’s a celebration time for Austin Cindric. Marking his fifth victory in the last six races, Austin Cindric won NASCAR national series race on the Daytona International Speedway road course for his fifth Xfinity series. His five streaks win in the last six events ties him with Chase Briscoe for the most victories in the 2020 Xfinity Series season.


Cedric’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford pulled away from a 7.108-second ahead of runner-up Brandon Jones’ No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at the checkered flag. Rounding out the top five were Noah Gragson in third with AJ Allmendinger in fourth and Andy Lally in fifth.


Talking about his win, in an interview, Cedric revealed that he wasn’t feeling his best today, but his team and he executed nonetheless. He also wished his fans could see the race because “obviously it was a thriller.” 

It also counts as Cedric’s second win on a road course in two weeks after winning Road America in Wisconsin last week. Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger, Cedric’s toughest competition at Daytona, sustained damage on a restart with seven to go.

Caught up in an aggressive drive for the first time, several drivers lost control of their car. Playoff contender Briscoe ran into the back of Allmendinger. He finished in 29 th.


Jeremy Clements placed sixth, Riley Herbst placed seventh, Harrison Burton in eighth, Justin Allgaier in ninth and Matt Snider in tenth completed the top ten. After the race, Allgaier, who finished ninth, confronted Allmendinger for spinning him out late in the race while Allgaier was running third.

Cindric led 21 of the total 52 laps of which he earned the Stage 1 win after leading the opening 16 and the last five laps to claim his victory.

Briscoe, his chief competitor, led the best of the race for 26 laps and even held Cindric in a frenzied final-lap battle. Frustrated, Cindric blasted Briscoe over his radio and then pulled next to him under caution to throw a water bottle at him.

Speaking about their rivalry, Cindric said that it’s like “two brothers fighting.” He wished he was more patient and the latter less aggressive on his defense but at the end of the day, there was give and take involved on both ends.

Their battle continued until Briscoe was collected in a multi-car restart melee with eight laps remaining. His No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford couldn’t continue, and he finished in the 29 th. Next weekend, the Xfinity Series will head to Dover International Speedway at 12:30 p.m. ET and Sunday 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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