Austin Cindric “Not Afraid” to Face Challenges in His 2nd NASCAR Cup Series Start at Atlanta

Published 03/16/2021, 11:36 AM EDT
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)


Reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric is set to make his second NASCAR Cup Series start this Sunday. After running the No. 33 Team Penske car at the season-opening Daytona 500, Cindric will return to the Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Cindric was very impressive in his Cup debut. Running a major race like the Daytona 500, Cindric showed no nerves and announced his arrival at the big stage. He was in contention to bag a surprise win as well, before getting caught in the last-lap crash with teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.

He aims to carry that confidence to Atlanta this Sunday, along with all the momentum from a brilliant start to his Xfinity Series title defense.

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Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Cindric (33) leads the field during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Cindric previews his second career Cup Series start

“I’m not afraid to be thrown in the deep end. Atlanta obviously is not the easiest race track to go and figure out and run 500 miles,” Cindric said during a recent interview.

He aims to figure out things gradually once on the racetrack and announced his goals for the race as well. Cindric is still very new to the Cup level and every race he runs will help him before moving full-time to the Cup Series in 2022.

I’d like to see what my weaknesses are as the driver I am right now. Trying to figure out what I need to bring the Ford Mustang up to the front,” he said further.

Feb 20, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads AJ Allmendinger (16) and Brett Moffitt (02) during the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Setting measured goals for the Atlanta race

The (No.) 33 guys haven’t run a race since Daytona…If I can stay on the lead lap, I’ll probably be happy. I’m looking forward to learning and figuring out things that I don’t know. Hopefully, I’ll apply them in real-time and be able to have a strong day,” the 22-year-old expressed.

Cindric has already won two races in the Xfinity Series, and in his current form, he is an overwhelming favorite to defend his title this year.

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The youngster will replace Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 21 Cup car next year. With the introduction of the Next Gen car next year, Cindric will enter a rather interesting situation at the start of next season.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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