Despite multiple setbacks in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, perseverance was the key word of the night for Austin Cindric and his No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing as the 19-year old rebounded to score a fourth-place finish and keep his hopes of advancing to the next round of the playoffs alive.
Starting the night in seventh place, Cindric held steady in the top-10 for the duration of the first stage, finishing in eighth when the green-checkered flag flew. However, the wheels came off for Cindric in the second stage.
Shortly after the second stage began, Cindric was swept up in a seven-truck crash on the frontstretch causing some damage to his Ford. On lap 57, the hits just kept on coming when contact from Grant Enfinger sent Cindric spinning down through the infield grass. Despite some minor damage, Cindric was able to keep going in the race and finished the second stage in the same place as the first, in eighth place.
Cycling to the race lead for a lap at the start of the final stage, Cindric was able to keep his wounded truck within striking distance of the top-five throughout the final 67 laps and as the leaders jockeyed for position over the final few circuits, he was able to power his way up to fourth place by the time the checkered flag flew.
With an eighth-place finish last week and Saturday night’s fourth place finish, Cindric holds the sixth and final transfer spot to the next round of the playoffs with an elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway looming large in two weeks time. Cindric will carry a slim six-point advantage over Kaz Grala into that race.
— Austin Cindric (@AustinCindric) October 1, 2017