Austin Cindric
21-Year-Old Driver  
Penske Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Cindric was the most improved driver of last season's second half. After a slow start in the Penske Racing No. 22 Ford, the young driver came on strong and posted three pole positions and two victories in the final half of 2019. While Cindric didn't race for the championship at Homestead, he still finished a respectable fifth-place in the driver points. The 14 Top-5 and 24 Top-10 finish campaign was a good salvage job to a slow start to last season. Cindric will now take what he's learned in 67-career starts in this division of NASCAR and apply it in the upcoming season. He'll once again be paired with Brian Wilson and resume the good work they started last season. We should see an increase in wins and Top 5 totals. The youngster will give Justin Allgaier a good run for the money in the championship chase. Read Past Outlooks
Cindric Wins the Henry 180
XFINITY Series
August 8, 2020
Cindric won the Henry 180 Xfinity Series race at Road America Saturday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
The highly skilled road racer rose to the challenge late in this tough road course battle. Cindric led 19 of the 45 laps at Road America and set the pace most of the day. However, it would be his late shootout with A.J. Allmendinger that would seal the victory. Cindric out-dueled the veteran over the final two laps to capture the win, his fourth in the last five races. It was also the Penske Racing ace's third win in the last six road course events.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
Cindric gets a major upgrade in status for 2019. He takes over the full-time driving duties for the strong No. 22 Ford of Penske Racing. This is the car that has been piloted by multi-driver Cup stars over the last several seasons. Last season alone this team accounted for six victories, 19 Top-5 and 25 Top-10 finishes between its five-driver lineup. Cindric nabbed six Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes of that overall performance. He'll have to step up his game in the upcoming season, and we believe he will. Cindric is taking over one of the most elite teams in the Xfinity Series garage. After finishing eighth in the final driver standings last year, racing for multiple teams, the consistency of showing up each week in the No. 22 Ford Mustang will do wonders.
With the closure of Brad Keselowski's truck series operation, Briscoe and Cindric became two very good young drivers in search of a ride. Roush Fenway Racing stepped in and revived their No. 60 team in an opportunistic situation. This team was named Ford's development driver team, and the two truck series aces will head up the effort. Majeski is a 23-year-old product of kart racing and late model stocks. He made three starts for this team in 2017, and collected a Top-10 finish in the season finale at Homestead. The driver distribution for this team has yet to be announced, but we can only imagine it will be a heavy dose of Cindric and Briscoe, followed by a lesser dose of Majeski. This team should be pretty competitive given the talent behind the wheel.
Cindric replaces Daniel Hemric in the No. 19 Ford F-150 this season. The 18-year-old from Columbus, Ohio has just six-combined truck series starts over the last two years. Cindric's NASCAR experience is limited and spread all over the lower divisions of the sport. So this will be a baptism by fire as he takes on his first full schedule in a national touring series. Veteran crew chief Doug Randolph will help ease this transition and bend this sharp learning curve just a bit. Hemric posted 11 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes in this truck last season en route to a strong sixth-place finish in the driver standings. We don't believe Cindric will have this ability right out of the gate, but he could grow to that level of performance in time.
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Runner-up Finish at Kansas
XFINITY Series
July 25, 2020
Cindric finished second in the Kansas Lottery 250 Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Declared Texas Winner
XFINITY Series
July 18, 2020
Cindric was declared the winner of the My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday after Kyle Busch's No. 54 Toyota failed post-race inspection and was disqualified, NBC Sports reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Texas
XFINITY Series
July 18, 2020
Cindric finished second in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Sweeps Kentucky Doubleheader
XFINITY Series
July 10, 2020
Cindric won the Alsco 300 Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway Friday night.
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Wins Kentucky Xfinity Race
XFINITY Series
July 9, 2020
Cindric won the Shady Rays 200 Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway Thursday night.
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