Austin Cindric Focuses on “Normalizing Perfection” Ahead of NASCAR Xfinity Series Title Defense

Published 02/06/2021, 5:30 AM EST
LEXINGTON, OHIO – AUGUST 10: Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 PPG Ford, wins the pole award at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)


Aside from his part-time NASCAR Cup Series duties, Austin Cindric is going to defend his 2020 Xfinity title in the upcoming season. Recently, he spoke about kicking off his title defense in the Xfinity Series. In conversation with SiriusXM NASCAR radio, he acknowledged that there will be plenty of fierce competition in 2021.

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Cindric said, “I think Saturdays can be even more competitive than they were last year. I’m excited for that prospect obviously in the #22 team we got to put our best foot forward and continue to improve. In a lot of sports, if you’re not improving, you’re going backwards. Continue to build off of what we had last year.
“It’s normalizing perfection in some ways. I’m excited for that and to pick up from where we left off last year,” he added.

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What else did the NASCAR Xfinity champion say?

The driver acknowledged the importance of the feeder series. According to him, they are crucial for improving themselves. He even admitted that there were a couple of tracks where he would love to improve. In other words, he wants to achieve a sense of perfection and he is excited to pick up from where he left off last year.
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WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 03: Austin Cindric, driver of the #22 MoneyLion Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 03, 2019 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Of course, as mentioned before, the driver is also juggling a part-time Cup Series career. Considering that he is racing for Team Penske, there may be a bit of pressure on his head. This is because the outfit is one of the best teams on the Cup Series grid, and he will be keen to keep up with his Penske teammates.

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Without a doubt, Austin Cindric is a decent driver and his Xfinity title is enough proof. However, the Cup Series is a completely different cup of tea altogether. He will be up against several top caliber drivers, so it will either be sink or swim.
Additionally, with no practice or qualifying, he will have very little time to get to grips with his #33 car. Thus, he will be a little out of his depth and will have quite a challenge ahead of him.

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