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SEP 12, 2020 | Ford Performance Staff

Cindric Clinches Regular Season Championship

Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric Mustangs on the tract at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. - On Friday, Austin Cindric was hoping for a late-race caution so he could show off the short-run speed that had been built into his No. 22 PPG Ford Mustang, but it never materialized and the resulting 93-lap green flag run in the final stage played into Justin Allgaier’s hands as he won Friday’s first half of the Richmond doubleheader.

FORD FINISHING RESULTS:
4th - Austin Cindric
11th - Chase Briscoe

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 PPG Ford Mustang 
WHAT MORE DID YOU NEED? 
“If we had a caution we had an amazing short run car tonight, so I’m really proud of that effort to bring a fast PPG Ford Mustang in race one here.  Obviously, it will be hotter conditions tomorrow, so we definitely have to work on that side of things, but to be able to hold on to fourth like we did I was max tire-save most of the stint until about 40 to go and I’m lucky I held on to what I had, but, overall, like I said, we had speed we just have to maximize where we need it most.”

WAS IT JUST A MATTER OF THIS CAR BEING GOOD ON THE SHORT RUN?  
“Yeah, no doubt.  I think that’s a lot of positives there because I think we helped the car from last year, which is hard to do at this racetrack.  We kind of strayed away from the notebook, but I’m proud of that effort.  With tomorrow being a day race we definitely have to fine-tune some things for the longer run there.  Honestly, I’m proud with coming home fourth.  I thought we could maybe get third, but, overall, not a bad night for the PPG Ford Mustang.  Obviously, it was a good points night and hopefully we can keep it moving forward in tomorrow’s day race.”

WHAT CAN BRIAN AND THE TEAM DO FOR YOU TOMORROW WITH A SHORT TURNAROUND? 
“I hear Superman never sleeps and these guys are superheroes with the schedule they have this weekend, so I’m really proud of those guys and that effort.  Hopefully, we can piece together a race-winner tomorrow.”

On Saturday, Cindric had a mixed reaction after clinching the NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season Championship on Saturday at Richmond Raceway.

The No. 22 Team Penske driver collected 15 bonus points for the playoffs and will be the No. 1 seed when the standings reset prior to the Round of 12 opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Cindric is 71 points ahead of second place Chase Briscoe in the points standings, which is mathematically impossible to overcome in next Friday’s regular-season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway.

But Cindric couldn’t help but feel disappointed about the 10th-place finish in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at the .75-mile track on what was a tough day for both Ford Mustangs in the field. Briscoe finished 18th.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will have its final race of the regular season on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

FORD FINISHING RESULTS:
10th - Austin Cindric
16th - Chase Briscoe

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 PPG Ford Mustang
NOT THE RESULT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR WITH YOUR FINISH TODAY, BUT CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
 
“Thanks. I am trying to get over it. I had a very frustrating day and I wish we would have been able to do more with our PPG Ford Mustang today. We sat down as a team at the beginning of the year and we all wrote down our top-three goals. I am not a big proponent of setting goals but we put something on paper and my number one was the regular-season championship. From the outside looking in that was maybe a lofty goal but we have a lot of speed and a lot of fight and I am really proud of that effort. We can’t have days like today, especially if we get to make it to the Championship Four. A lot of emotions right now but at the end of the day it is mission accomplished for sure.”

AT TIMES THIS SEASON DID YOU THINK THE GOAL WAS ATTAINABLE?
“It was frustrating because it felt so attainable. Especially in the months of June there when we were at Atlanta and Pocono and Homestead, places where we had so much speed. The races just didn’t go our way and it felt like nothing was going our way. Then we go to Indy and had the same thing there. But then we went on that run and it was really big for our points and the stats and the numbers show our consistency throughout the year.”

YOU GET TO GO TO BRISTOL AND RELAX WITH 15 BONUS POINTS IN THE BANK AND A REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP 
“Relax at Bristol? That doesn't happen. I am looking forward to it and looking forward to pushing hard and seeing what this team is capable of over the next couple of months.”

 

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