WATCH: Austin Cindric Holds Off Ty Gibbs in a Thrilling Finish in NASCAR Xfinity Race at Phoenix

Published 03/14/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
Feb 13, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) celebrates winning the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


At the Phoenix Raceway, Austin Cindric stormed to a second Xfinity Series victory. Of course, he fought extremely hard for it, as several of his rivals hounded him all the way. Cindric had to hold off Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley and many more.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Allgaier tried to sneak around the outside, but Cindric fended him off. Meanwhile, Haley slid into the wall and wrecked his chances of winning, along with Hemric. By the next turn, Allgaier was the next one in the wall, leaving Austin Cindric on his own. However, Ty Gibbs had managed to slot into second place and began hunting down the Penske driver.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

All this took place with just two laps to go, and Gibbs began the chase. With the white flag waving, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver inched even closer, and was right on Cindric’s tail in the final corner. Then, Austin Cindric went a little wide and Ty Gibbs closed right up behind him, but the former held firm.

Austin Cindric looks to be in sublime form in 2021

With this triumph, the Penske driver has become the first person to grab a second win in the 2021 season. This only goes further to cement his status as one of the favorites for the Xfinity Series title. Meanwhile, Ty Gibbs was absolutely delighted to have such a strong finish in just his second race start.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads the field during the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After a debut win at the Daytona Road Course, Gibbs has followed it up with the 2nd-place finish at Phoenix. Needless to say, if Gibbs continues to bang in impressive performances, he will definitely be guaranteed a full-time drive.

On the other end of the scale, every other Xfinity Series driver needs to buck up and try to catch Austin Cindric. Otherwise the 22-year-old will simply run away into the distance and successfully defend his crown.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Daniel Hemric to Line up on Pole Position for NASCAR Xfinity Race at Phoenix

2 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Dhruv George

11419 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT