By: Mitchell Breuer
Entering the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Austin Cindric was an obvious favorite to be a threat on a weekly basis after winning the championship in 2020.
He has continued to live up to that status, capturing nine top-five’s, and six finishes of second or better in the first 12 races of the year. The latest of which came Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the 22-year-old placed second to race winner Ty Gibbs.
Afterwards, Cindric took Twitter describing his race as a “not bad, not best” type of day.
“Definitely very focused on being very consistent and trying not to let winning races cloud my judgement because it has in the past, and I think it has for others as well,” Cindric told News From The Pits. “We are obviously doing a very great job. I think we need to get better on these mile-and-a-halfs. We have had some struggles but, today was a positive day just nipping away at the little things.”
A day like this may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but Cindric uses it as a tool to look at the picture as he builds to his first goal of 2021, winning another regular-season championship and the 15 playoff points that come with it.
“That regular season points-I said it last year, and I’ll say it again this year, that is very important,” Cindric said. “It is three wins. You know how hard it is to win three races? Really hard. That is all I have won this year. That is a lot. That is partially, if not the main reason I made it to Phoenix in the first place.”
So far, Cindric has done a solid job of building towards a regular season championship, currently owning an 84-point advantage over his closest competitor in points.
Like his current points lead, Cindric says this accomplishment can be overlooked, but he knows what it can do for a driver after winning it in 2020.
“It is the most important thing to the people that win it,” Cindric said. “To the outside world, it definitely does not seem as celebrated but, the importance of it is massive. I do not think that can be understated to the person who gets it.”
Cindric will look to continue to build lead next weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he won in 2019.