LEXINGTON, Ohio - Austin Cindric claimed his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in as many weeks – earning an impressive 3.78-second win over Christopher Bell and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver AJ Allmendinger on Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Cindric is the seventh different winner in seven Xfinity Series races at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio course and his day included impressive feats of both maintaining the lead and high pursuit to reclaim it between pit strategies. He won the pole position by a full three-tenths of a second and held “favorite” status before the green flag even dropped.
Should Cindric win at Bristol next weekend, he would become the first driver in NASCAR Xfinity Series history to earn his first three wins in consecutive races.
Cindric led 46 of the 75 laps and Bell, the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was the only other driver in double digits out front.
Reddick, Bell and Cole Custer – who finished eighth Saturday after an eventful day on track – combined to win 13 of the first 18 Xfinity Series races of the season. With Bell’s second straight runner-up showing and Reddick’s fourth-place finish, the defending series champion Reddick maintains a 28-point championship lead on Bell heading to Bristol next week. Cindric joins this threesome as the only Xfinity drivers with multiple wins in 2019.
Chase Briscoe persevered for a good day, as well. Briscoe won Stage 1 and finished seventh.
The series next races Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Chip Ganassi Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup star Kyle Larson won the Xfinity race last year.
Ford Finishing Results
1st – Austin Cindric
7th – Chase Briscoe
8th – Cole Custer