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AJ Allmendinger Disqualified After Near-Win at Watkins Glen

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

BREAKING: AJ Allmendinger has been disqualified after his car failed the post-race inspection for rear-height violation. The second-place finish has been thrown out, and he is instead credited with a 37th place. Christopher Bell is now credited with second place. I can go into a full description of why it was low from contact early …

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Austin Cindric Outduels AJ Allmendinger to Win Watkins Glen

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In what was a back-and-forth affair in the final two laps, Austin Cindric beat AJ Allmendinger to win his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 3). Cindric and Allmendinger battled vigorously, exchanging the lead multiple times in the final laps via bump and runs, with Cindric gaining …

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NASCAR 101: Road Course Winners Without Wins Anywhere Else

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You may have heard of a road course ringer: a non-NASCAR driver who is brought in to the series solely for his road-course skills. However, not all drivers who only have a road-course win have been part-timers. Some have been Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, and Gander Outdoors Truck Series regulars. NASCAR has an extensive road …

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Austin Cindric Wins Xfinity Pole at Kentucky

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite having his crew chief Brian Wilson ejected out of Kentucky Speedway for body modifications on Thursday (July 12), Austin Cindric rebounded to win the pole for Friday’s Alsco 300. Cindric laid down a lap of 180.030 mph, .060 seconds ahead of defending race winner Christopher Bell (179.623 mph). The pole is the fourth of …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Move Over Monster; Xfinity Does More for Their Series

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

From the outside, casual race fans probably think of Xfinity as just a TV and Internet service provider. But when looking at what Xfinity does for NASCAR from the inside, it’s much more than that. Sure, at the beginning of each season or when Xfinity comes out with something new, NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers might …

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Did You Notice?: Austin Cindric Building on Momentum from 2018 Playoffs

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… Austin Cindric is quietly becoming a competitive and potentially playoff Xfinity driver. Racing full-time for Team Penske, he’s already finishing on average over 10 spots higher than he was at this time last year. I believe part of that is because he has a steady schedule. In 2018, he seemingly bounced around …

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Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric Top Xfinity Practices at Dover

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In preparation for Saturday’s (May 4) Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway, Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric topped the scoring pylon in a pair of Xfinity Series practices. Opening Practice Coming off his first victory of 2019, Reddick led much of the opening session with a lap of 155.918 mph, two-tenths of a …

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Austin Cindric on Continuity, Driving Everything & Dealing With The Hate

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a 2018 season that included bouncing around between two teams, Austin Cindric feels at home with Team Penske to begin the 2019 season. The 21-year-old driver of the No. 22 Ford in the Xfinity Series spent some time with Frontstretch recently to discuss the importance of continuity in the sport, having a plethora of …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR Resets After Easter Off Week

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Talladega Up Next Easter has become a NASCAR tradition. Or, should we say, a NASCAR vacation. It’s the only weekend from February through November none of the sport’s top three series show up and race. As you’d expect, no racing led to a quiet news week. But business is about …

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Austin Cindric: ‘I Had My Money Cut Out For Me’ at Richmond

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It was a battle Austin Cindric was sure he wasn’t going to win, but he sure did try. That battle was for the lead, with 20 laps to go and against Cole Custer, arguably the quickest driver in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 from Richmond Raceway. And though rain was hitting windshields and dampening TV cameras, …

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