Austin Cindric Will Run Entire 2018 Xfinity Schedule With Penske/Roush

Team Penske announced a 24 race schedule for Tim Cindric’s son, Austin Cindric in the #12 and #22 cars for 2018.

The 19-year old former Brad Keselowski Racing driver will open the season in #60 Roush Fenway Racing car where he will race 9 times in 2018. From there the remaining races will be spent between the #12 and #22 cars for Team Penske. Cindric will be competing for a driver’s championship as well as an owner’s championship with the #22 team.

Cindric is coming off a 3rd place finish in the Camping World Truck Series points standings last season. One win, albeit a controversial one in Canada, is on Cindric’s resume as he heads to the Xfinity series. In 2017 Cindric made his Xfinity debut at Road America where he ran Top 10 most of the day before succumbing to a cut tire late in the event.

Here’s the thing, Cindric wasn’t even the most talented NASCAR driver on his BKR truck team last season. That award went to Chase Briscoe who has a much larger upside in terms of NASCAR. Now the two will share the #60 with Ty Majeski in 2018 where once again Cindric isn’t the best driver on the team once again.

Nepotism is a powerful thing in NASCAR and Austin Cindric is just the next driver in a long line of drivers in this sport who have benefited from it. Team Penske President Tim Cindric is no doubt played a role in Cindric being named a 3/4 full-time driver in 2018 for Team Penske. A program that historically doesn’t run drivers for championships but when they do, they make sure to sabotage that driver’s chance at winning a championship.

Austin Cindric is the coaches kid in Pop Warner. We all know he’s not a great quarterback but he’s the coaches son so he’s the quarterback. Looking at you Brett Richards, everyone knew Shaun had a better arm and I was a better wide receiver. Not bitter.

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