Austin Cindric wins Team Penske’s second Xfinity Series Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Team Penske driver Austin Cindric has won the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 on Saturday at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. With the win, he has won the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship.

This was his sixth Xfinity Series win of the 2020 season. He now has eight career wins in 100 career starts in the class.

Team Penske driver Austin Cindric celebrates his Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 win and 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship
Austin Cindric celebrates his Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 win and 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship (Photo by Austin Cindric/Instagram)

“I watched Sheldon Creed do it last night, so why couldn’t we?” Cindric said about coming to pit road late. “Amazing effort by this 22 team. Brian Wilson and all the guys. Everybody back at the shop. There was a lot of work put into this race car.”

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Team Penske now has two NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships. Besides Cindric’s on Saturday, Brad Keselowski won the team’s other Championship in 2010.

This was Cindric’s first win since August when he won the UNOH 188 at Daytona International Speedway Road Course in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 15th. He also won twice at Kentucky, Fort Worth, and Elkhart Lake.

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Cindric was the highest finishing driver of the Champion 4 drivers. Justin Allgaier finished fifth in his Brandt entry for JR Motorsports.

“Holy sh*t, we did the dang thing,” Cindric said on Instagram. “2020 NXS Champs!!! 🏆🏆🏆 #winning

Justin Haley finished eighth in his Leaf Filter Gutter Protection entry for Kaulig Racing. Chase Briscoe was the last of the Championship 4 drivers, as he finished ninth.

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This was Briscoe’s final Xfinity Series race. He will be moving up to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, as he replaces Clint Bowyer with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Bowyer is retiring to join the NASCAR on FOX broadcast booth.

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Noah Gragson finished the race in second place in his Bass Pro Shops/True Timber Camo entry for JR Motorsports. Brandon Jones was the third-place finisher in his Toyota Service Centers entry for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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