Austin Cindric Reveals His Most Embarrassing Moment in Short Track Racing

Published 12/28/2021, 1:47 AM EST
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


Every NASCAR driver has experienced embarrassing moments in their careers. Austin Cindric is not immune to this, and it got quite humiliating for the driver. Recently, Cindric talked about his maiden short track racing experience and confessed that it was his funniest.

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He said, “I was getting told how to go out on the race track, what to do and how to drive the car. Finally I got told, ‘make sure you turn left on the race track’. Just kind of as a joke and I took it very literally. I turned left onto the race track and started making laps backwards. Did about five laps before they waved me off and told me I was actually going backwards. So my first laps around the Roval was going the wrong way.”

Austin Cindric has grown as a driver since then

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Obviously, the driver has improved his race craft a lot since that awkward moment. The 23-year-old has since become the Xfinity Series champion in 2020 and has graduated to the Cup Series for the 2022 season. He scored big when he landed the Team Penske #2 seat. In essence, he is taking over the seat that Brad Keselowski vacated in favor of the Roush Fenway #6 seat.

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BOWMANVILLE, ON – SEPTEMBER 03: Austin Cindric, driver of the #19 Draw-Tite/Reese Ford, poses with the championship trophy and sponsor hat at Victory Lane after winning the race at Canadian Tire Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Since the Team Penske outfit is regarded as one of the top teams, Cindric should be right in the mix for a win or two.

Admittedly, it will be a little farfetched to expect a championship challenge in his rookie season. However, the driver will be eager to impress his new team and earn his stripes. On the bright side, he has experienced teammates like Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. So, he will be keen to learn from the two of them and be able to keep up.

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What are your predictions for Cindric in 2022?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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