Austin Cindric the son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric captured his first NASCAR Truck Series win Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. With a playoff spot on the line on the last lap, Cindric got the lead away from Daytona winner Kaz Grala. Not by passing him the way drivers would like to be passed but rather by wrecking him. A win is a win and Cindric is in the playoffs but he certainly made no friends in the garage area Sunday.
Cindric beat, banged and dumped his way through the field after serving a penalty for removing the fuel can from his pit box. A super privileged kid who doesn’t have nearly the resume as guys on the sideline had to overcome adversity to capture a win at the only track he’s truly good at on the CWTS schedule. It’s just so great to see someone handed everything in life get the win that way. Just resonates so well with the NASCAR community.
Here is the “pass”:
Do you agree with this last-lap move?
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Cindric made zero effort to brake on his own. Instead, he opted for using the bumper of the 33 as his brakes as he dumped Grala and ran away for his first win. Grala would come home 3rd, the best case scenario for when someone flat out wrecks you.
There’s Passing Then There’s That
Cindric could have attempted to pass Grala cleanly. He was halfway through the lap and could have made the effort to pass then just dumped Grala in the last corner like everyone else in the history of this race. Instead, he opted to wreck Grala and nail home the notion that he is a dirty racer.
Past races have set a precedent at this race. Every year there has been a late race or last lap bump for the win. Some years you have Chase Elliott demolishing Ty Dillon for the win in a really dirty move. Some times you have John Hunter Nemecheck trying to push Cole Custer all the way back to America. That doesn’t mean that’s the way to race. Cindric made no attempt to be clean. iRacing drivers make cleaner moves than that and no one is even watching them.
His post race interview was spoken like a privileged kid with no perception of how privileged he is. “Kaz made me do it by driving so well on old tires.” Right, so being a good race car driver subsequently means you’re about to get wrecked. Austin made no fans in his post race interview as he reminded everyone just how tone deaf he truly is.
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