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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Austin Cindric
Austin Cindric will start on the outside of the front row and tops C.J. Radune’s Higher-Risk Lineup.
C.J. Radune writes that Harrison Burton is bargain priced this week, as he'll start fifth this week and has two top-fives from two series starts at the track.
Chase Elliott moved from 34th starting position to the top 10 by the end of the first stage and then drove to a comfortable lead to win the series race at Road America in Wisconsin.
Chase Elliott has finished first or second in six of the last seven points paying road course races, so it stands to reason he’d be a heavy favorite at Road America.
Austin Cindric, who has four wins already, finished second at Elkhart Lake in 2019 and won this race last season.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
More Fantasy News
Fast Henry 180 Practice
CIndric was fastest in practice for the Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 107.870 mph.
Wins Pocono Green 225
Cindric won the Pocono Green 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.
Fails inspection, moved to rear
Third at Fort Worth
Cindric finished third in the Alsco Uniforms 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Awarded Mid-Ohio Pole
Cindric will start from the pole for Saturday's BL Transport 170 Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.