Coming off the final turn on the last lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney found himself in complete control – in second place just behind teammate, Austin Cindric.
While entering the tri-oval, Blaney made a move at the top of the racetrack to try and pass his Penske teammate, however Cindric threw a race-winning block on Blane sending him into the fence while approaching the white line.
Rookie Austin Cindric became the 2022 Daytona 500 champion following a fascinating overtime finish to the season opener. Just a few years ago, Cindric was as raw a racing rookie as they came. The 23-y-o had come up the ranks as a highly proficient road course racer, but went through a long feeling-out process trying to figure out how to run good on ovals.
Austin Cindric on the Final Lap block of Ryan Blaney and pinching him into the wall
Cindric said: “I have absolutely zero regrets, i think that everybody behind me put themselves in position to win the race and i think i did the same and obviously it worked out quite well. ”
“Just really proud of the effort, proud of the teamwork there and proud of the teamwork with Ford throughout the race so I’ve got zero complaints and zero regrets.”
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Austin Cindric is now the ninth driver in Cup Series history to earn his first career Cup win in the Daytona 500, and the second in a row to do so.
“Damn, I am so excited. This makes up for losing the championship the last race I did,” Cindric told Fox Sports. “… I’m just surrounded by great people, that’s all there is to it. I know there’s gonna be highs and lows being a rookie in a field of drivers this strong. I’m just grateful for the opportunity, excited to climb the mountain we’ve got ahead of us on the No. 2 team.”
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