Austin Cindric crossed overtime to win the Xfinity Series championship, the final season
Team Penske’s Austin Cindric was forced to go through a three-period overtime situation on Saturday at Phoenix Raceway, squeezing in between JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson, to get ahead and take over took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale.
With the victory in this race, Cindric also won the championship title in 2020, surpassing 4 fellow racers, Allgaier, Chase Briscoe and Justin Haley.
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Allgaier ranked fifth in Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200. Haley ranked eighth. Briscoe ranked ninth.
An alert appeared with two rounds to stay on track. Briscoe took control of his 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and shot at Round 4 at the 1-mile track in Arizona.
Cindric opted to enter the race from the lead and walked new tires – that’s how the winner of the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series won over. A good part of the sector also followed Cindric. The Allgaier, the leader, has no more tires to swap with.
After dividing with selection rule, Allgaier restarted first. Cindric ranked third, behind him. New tires have paid off.
Gragson crossed the starting line with a runner-up position of 0.162 seconds. Brandon Jones came in third, followed by Michael Annett. The Allgaier finished fifth.
Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, Haley, Briscoe and Jeremy Clements made it into the top 10.
There was only one other caution in the third and final act – Joe Graf Jr crashed into the wall.
The first two phases have a total of six alerts, only three of which are words working in the right direction. There were two single vehicle incidents – Jeffrey Earnhardt and Tommy Joe Martins. The four car crash did not involve any racers in the playoff match. JJ Yeley and Matt Mills collided, so did CJ McLaughlin and Donald Theetge.
Briscoe won Stage 1 for a leg 13 win in 2020. Cindric won Stage 2 for his 11th win.
During this time, Haley ran in the second half of the top 10, while three other Championship 4 candidates fought in the front.
There are 16 lead changes in general on seven wheels. The Allgaier led the race high for 76 out of 206 laps. Cindric led 72 rounds.
This story will be updated.