Austin Cindric’s summer of dominance persevered Saturday afternoon within the inaugural UNOH 188 NASCAR Xfinity Series paddle at the Daytona Global Speedway Side twin carriageway Route.
Cindric, 22, of Mooresville, N.C., earned his fifth victory within the final six races, his No. 22 Group Penske Ford pulling away to a hefty 7.108-second bewitch over Brandon Jones’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. That spectacular last margin of victory, on the opposite hand, is now not indicative of the motion-packed debut on Daytona’s infamous twin carriageway route.
Noah Gragson recovered from an off-route tour early within the paddle whereas leading the discipline to enact third and elevate a apt narrative of top-10 finishes on every Xfinity Series twin carriageway route event he’s competed in. A.J. Allmendinger and Andy Lally – each twin carriageway route consultants – finished fourth and fifth.
Jeremy Clement, Sunoco newcomers Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton, extinct Justin Allgaier and rookie Myatt Snider rounded out the stop 10 in well-earned, masterful drives to the enact.
Allgaier and Allmendinger had phrases on pit twin carriageway after the paddle. Allmendinger spun Allgaier out of a top-5 enact within the closing laps and changed into as soon as apologetic. Allgaier, one of the well-known series-supreme twin carriageway route racers, approached Allmendinger after the paddle and shared his displeasure.
With no apply or qualifying and most of the competitors within the paddle fully new to the 3.61-mile, 14-flip route, the paddle changed into as soon as a right dose of excessive-tempo how-create-you-create. From over-ambitious restarts to simply missing corners figuring out this worth-new aggressive trip, there changed into as soon as motion from inexperienced to checkered flags.
“I’m now not definite anybody changed into as soon as basically all that pleased with their paddle cars you know, unfortunately I basically be pleased the angle of driving basically rapid paddle cars at this discover,” talked about Cindric, who has competed in three Rolex 24 at Daytona IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship races on the twin carriageway route.
“It’s a broad credit ranking to my crew, MoneyLion and the guys. … That’s 5 wins on the twelve months obviously again-to-again now. I didn’t basically feel cherish I drove my supreme at the present time however we completed there at the demolish when it counts and that’s what makes these races so intelligent to bewitch.
Cindric, who led 22 of the 52 total laps, led the gap 16 laps of the paddle to make the Stage 1 bewitch and bookended the work by leading the final 5 laps to claim his seventh occupation Xfinity Series victory. His 5 wins (and a second situation) within the final six races ties a story held by the legendary Sam Ard discipline again in 1983.
His chief rival – as has been the case all season – changed into as soon as fellow Ford driver Creep Briscoe, who led a paddle supreme 26 laps on Saturday. Cindric and Briscoe establish on a grasp class of twin carriageway route dueling notably within the second stage, with Briscoe, also a 5-paddle winner in 2020, earning the inexperienced-and-white checkered flag in that paddle.
Their battle – now and then contentious – persevered late within the paddle except Briscoe changed into as soon as gentle in a multi-automobile restart melee with eight laps apt. Briscoe’s No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford suffered too worthy hurt to continue and he changed into as soon as scored 29th – his worst enact of the twelve months.
In an identical vogue, one more two of the Xfinity Series championship contenders, Kaulig Racing teammates Justin Haley and Ross Chastain simultaneously suffered paddle-ending complications – Haley with an off-route tour and Chastain, a mechanical peril. They finished 36th (Chastain) and 38th (Haley) – their worst finishes of the season to boot.
With seven races apt to discipline the 12-driver NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff discipline, Cindric, Briscoe, Gragson, Jones, Burton and Haley be pleased assured their prospects at a title with victories.
Brandon Brown, who suffered a intelligent 34th-situation enact on Saturday, holds the apt 12th situation transfer situation within the driver standings, however is most productive 28 aspects up on Saturday’s sixth-situation finisher Jeremy Clements in 13th.
— NASCAR Wire Carrier —
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