Austin Cindric won the Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway in extra time for his first win of the season on Thursday evening.
Cindric defeated Riley Herbst and Ross Chastain to claim victory. While it’s his third win in the Xfinity series, it’s Cindric’s first NASCAR win on an oval track.
“I don’t care what shape the track is, if it’s dirty, oval, I don’t care,” Cindric told FS1. “I’m just glad that this snap-on Ford Mustang is on Victory Lane. We got so close all year round. … I’m scratched up. This is fantastic. I would love to come back tomorrow night and do another performance like this. “
The Penske driver team led 41
The top 5 were completed by Chase Briscoe and Anthony Alfredo.
Briscoe was second in the overtime restart, but left turn 2 and fell behind. Cindric’s victory comes after Briscoe has won three of the last four races.
“I love the guy, but he won enough,” Cindric joked.
The overtime finish was achieved by a Harrison Burton spin on Turn 3 with four laps remaining in the planned distance.
The race was the first of a double header for Xfinity in Kentucky. The second race was scheduled for Friday evening at 8 p.m. ET. The top 15 drivers of today’s race will be inverted for tomorrow’s grid. Myatt Snider and Jesse Little will start in the front row.
LEVEL 1 WINNER: Noah Gragson
LEVEL 2 WINNERS: Noah Gragson
MORE: Justin Allgaier was taken to the hospital for examination after a fall in the final lap
MORE: Race results, scoring
Who had a good race: Riley Herbst finished second for the second time this season … Ross Chastain recovered from an early Speedway penalty and an incident with Brett Moffitt and took third place. He has finished in the top three in four of the last five races … Michael Annett finished sixth for his third top 10 result in a row … Kyle Weatherman finished eighth for his best career end.
Who had a bad race: Jeb Burton and Brandon Jones broke in the first round. Burton turned on turn 2 and picked up Jones, who had been eliminated for DNF for the third time in a row. Brandon Brown was destroyed by contact with Justin Haley 46 rounds before the end. He finished 27th… Colby Howard had an accident 14 laps before the end. He turned 32 ..
WHAT’S NEXT: Race # 2 at Kentucky Speedway, Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on FS1
Finally. Race victory tonight @KySpeedway. Bad fast @Snapon_Tools @FordPerformance Mustang. @ Team_Penske you are the best. Many thanks to everyone for the ❤️ and support
– Austin Cindric (@AustinCindric), July 10, 2020