Xfinity title shot another “stepping stone” for Austin Cindric

Now in his third fulltime season competing in the Xfinity Series, Cindric has already won a career-best five races this year, including his first-ever NASCAR wins on oval tracks, and he also won the series’ regular season title.

He and his No. 22 Team Penske team enter the first race of the 2020 playoffs this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an excellent chance of also securing their first championship together.

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“I feel like I know what it takes to be fast and to execute races. I feel like that’s something I’ve really worked on the last couple of years in the right racing environment,” Cindric, 22, said. “A lot has changed in a short amount of time for me.

“It’s really been the lore of my career, if you will – drown or swim – getting thrown into situations where if you don’t make it out, you’re probably going to find and do something else. But past that, I’ve been trying to rise to the occasion and learn from whatever bad position I put myself in or bad position I get put in by anyone else.

“That’s been big for me and I feel like personally, mentally, physically, whatever it has taken to rise to the occasion I feel like I’ve been able to do in my career and I feel like this is another stepping stone for that.

“It’s a great opportunity that I…

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