Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe Open Up on Their Camaraderie and Rivalry in the Xfinity Series

Published 10/18/2020, 1:12 AM EDT
Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads Chase Briscoe (98) during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe are the main protagonists of the 2020 championship. So, it was only natural that the two would be rivals for the Xfinity crown. Recently, the duo spoke about the respect that they have for each other and the nature of their rivalry.

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According to Briscoe, he and Cindric grew up together in the stock car racing scene and were almost always teammates. Meanwhile, Cindric revealed that they often pushed each other to the limit and learned from each other. The #22 driver admitted that out on the racetrack, nobody helps them, so they need someone to rely on.

What else did Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe say?

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Briscoe mused that their successes often came at the same time and they ‘drive off of each other’. He said, “When he sees me win, he feels like he wants to win even more.”

Oct 10, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) races during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Cindric echoed those thoughts, and though he is happy for his rival’s success, he hopes that Briscoe does not gain an advantage over him. Briscoe noted that their careers were almost parallel, with wins in the Truck Series, and he has 2-3 more wins in the Xfinity series. He praised his rival and insisted that he works hard for his success in a tightly-fought series.

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As a parting note, Cindric admitted that he would love to take advantage of his and Briscoe’s dominance. According to him, it has been quite fun to have the kind of depth in the field that the Xfinity Series enjoys. At the end of the day, when the playoffs reaches its finale, it will be down to him and Briscoe for the crown.

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However, they know that neither of them can afford to be complacent, as one slip up could see other rivals catch up. They have come too far to let things slip from their grasp, especially if they are setting their sights on the Cup Series in the future.

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