Austin Cindric
21-Year-Old Driver  
Penske Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Third at Auto Club Speedway
XFINITY Series
February 29, 2020
Cindric finished third in the Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway Saturday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
The Penske Racing driver had a Top-10 Ford Mustang on his hands for most of the race. Cindric started seventh on the grid and raced among the leaders the full 150 laps. He would make good track position gains late and use the final green flag laps to move forward. Cindric crossed the finish line third at the checkered flag. It was his second Top-5 finish of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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 Las Vegas
XFINITY Series
February 23, 2020
Cindric finished second in the Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday evening.
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Third in O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
XFINITY Series
November 3, 2019
Cindric finished third in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
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Third at the Monster Mile
XFINITY Series
October 5, 2019
Cindric finished third in the Drive Sober 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Third at Charlotte Roval
XFINITY Series
September 28, 2019
Cindric finished third in the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Runner-up Finish at Richmond
XFINITY Series
September 21, 2019
Cindric finished second in the Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway Friday night.
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