Austin Cindric

23-Year-Old Driver  
Penske Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 2020 Xfinity Series champion will return to defend his title in 2021. The Penske Racing star built on a very good 2019 campaign and drove to six wins and 26 Top-10 finishes last season to claim the Xfinity Series crown. Cindric will once again drive the strong No. 22 Ford and the team will return all major parts, including crew chief Brian Wilson. The 22-year-old driver proved himself to be a strong driver, and very gifted at the road circuits. Cindric collected two of his six victories on those challenging courses. With NASCAR doing even more racing on these style tracks in the upcoming season, it only adds to the value that this driver and team bring to the table. Cindric should challenge to equal or exceed the six wins he posted last season, and will once again be a top contender to win the championship. Read Past Outlooks
Xfinity Pole at Martinsville
XFINITY Series
October 27, 2021
Cindric will start from the pole for the Dead On Tools 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway Saturday.
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The Penske Racing star will start from P1 Saturday evening at the Martinsville short track. Cindric's runner-up performance this past weekend at Kansas powered him to the pole this week in Virginia. This will be the 10th time this season that the driver of the No. 22 Ford starts from the pole position. Cindric will be aiming for his sixth win of the season in Saturday's Dead On Tools 250.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Austin Cindric
DFS NASCAR Xfinity:  Kansas Lottery 300
6 days ago
Austin Cindric led 131 laps and finished second last fall at Kansas. Starting in the front row Saturday, he could be primed for his first win at Kansas in his fifth attempt.
DFS NASCAR Xfinity: Andy's Frozen Custard 335
13 days ago
Justin Allgaier has lead at least 20 laps in his last three Texas appearances and tops C.J. Radune’s Lower-Risk Lineup.
DFS NASCAR Xfinity: Drive for the Cure 250
21 days ago
C.J. Radune says that with two road-course wins this season, Ty Gibbs is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best in the series on these types of tracks.
DFS NASCAR Xfinity: Sparks 300
27 days ago
With two wins out of four Talladega races in the series, Justin Haley is one of the favorites this week.
DFS NASCAR Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 302
34 days ago
Daniel Hemric led 74 laps at Las Vegas earlier this season in a runner-up finish; he also finished third in this race last season.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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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.
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
October 23, 2021
Cindric finished second in the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Runner-up Finish at Roval
XFINITY Series
October 9, 2021
Cindric finished second in the Drive for the Cure 250 Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval Saturday afternoon.
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Awarded Xfinity Pole at the Roval
XFINITY Series
October 6, 2021
Cindric will start from the pole in Saturday's Drive for the Cure 250 Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
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Xfinity Pole at Las Vegas
XFINITY Series
September 22, 2021
Cindric will start from the pole for the Alsco Uniforms 302 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
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Runner-up Finish at Bristol
XFINITY Series
September 17, 2021
Cindric finished second in the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night.
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