DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Cindric was uninjured after his car rolled over twice in a 16-car accident that brought out the red flag with 18 laps left in Friday night’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.
Cindric was running in the top 10 in the bottom line when he was hit by Matt Tifft, turning him and triggering a crash that collected several cars.
“I was trying to go under and he came back down again,” Tifft said on the radio about the contact.
Cindric was sliding sideways in Turn 1 when he came up the track and hit Tyler Reddick‘s before rolling over twice.
Cindric radioed his team and said: “I’m OK” before exiting the car.
Cindric was cleared and released from the infield care center.
“I’ve got no injuries,” Cindric told NBCSN. “I feel fine.I just wish we could have better races.”
The red flag was displayed for 12 minutes, 18 seconds.
Joey Gase is using his paint scheme for the Sept. 1 Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway to honor the racing career of his father, Bob Gase.
Through a fan vote last week, The Go Green Racing driver allowed his followers to choose between two paint schemes inspired by his father’s career when he raced at their home track of Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
They could choose between a 2003 Purple & Black Modified scheme or a 1994 Blue & White Late Model.
“I couldn’t be happier to be running this scheme,” Gase said in a press release. “This is the scheme I think of the most when I think of my dads old racing days and I had a lot of fans reaching out to be saying the same.”
Gase is competing full-time this season. Through 13 races he is 20th in the standings.
His best finish is 16th at Bristol and Auto Club Speedway.
NASCAR America: The Comcast Community Champion award enters fourth year
This week on NASCAR America, it was announced that the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award will return for the fourth consecutive year.
The program recognizes three finalists, with the winner’s charity receiving $60,000. The other two finalists will each receive $30,000 for their charities.
The NASCAR America segment highlighted last year’s winner of the award, the Chip Ganassi pit crew for their work with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
It also featured an interview with the inaugural winner from 2015. Joey Gase was featured for his work encouraging organ donation.
After losing his mother to a brain aneurysm, Gase made the decision to donate her organs. He later learned that effort saved or enhanced the life of 60 individuals.
“(Winning the award) helped in many ways,” Gase said. “One of the biggest ways was in all of the media coverage we got from receiving the award at the banquet – being on national TV. And everything Comcast has done to help us continue to promote organ donation every weekend at the racetrack.”