Austin Cindric’s car rolls over in Daytona Xfinity crash

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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.

Among those also involved in the crash were Ryan Truex, Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements, Brandon Jones and Joey Gase, along with Cindric, Tifft and Reddick.

A second large wreck broke out on the front stretch with four laps to go that involved Ryan Reed, Jeff Green, Ryan Sieg and Cole Custer.

 

Xfinity practice report at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —  Only 10 cars were on track for the final Xfinity practice Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Chad Finchum posted the fastest lap at 185.567 mph. He was followed by Timmy Hill (185.540 mph), Jeremy Clements (184.896), Alex Labbe (183.135) and Ray Black Jr. (193.016).

There were no incidents in the session.

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First practice

Ryan Reed led opening Xfinity practice Friday at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 196.143 mph. He was followed by Justin Haley (195.869 mph), Ryan Truex (195.831), Austin Cindric (195.520) and Shane Lee (195.312).

Chase Elliott, driving in the No. 23 car for Spencer Gallagher, was sixth on the speed chart with a top lap of 194.801 mph. NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has reinstated Gallagher after he completed the sanctioning body’s Road to Recover program. NASCAR indefinitely suspended Gallagher on May 2 for violating its Substance Abuse Policy .

There were no incidents in the session.

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Christopher Bell ran the most laps in the session at 25. Tyler Reddick, who won at Daytona in February, was next with 23 laps run.

 

 

 

 

NASCAR America: Cassill, Kligerman have eyes on Iowa

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With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series taking Father’s Day off, all eyes are focused on Iowa Speedway this weekend.

Parker Kligerman and Landon Cassill took time in the opening segment of Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America to handicap the Xfinity race at Iowa and here is some of what they had to say:

  • On Daniel Hemric: “The chances (of winning) are really high. We’ve watched Daniel Hemric come so close in the last year and a half or so – and he’s run very competitively in that 21 car. … His chances going to Iowa are great, but it’s really going to come down to whether Richard Childress Racing has improved their program; have they made (the cars) better on short track.” – Kligerman
  • On Ryan Truex: “He feels like it’s really just the team finding his feel for the car. I think he didn’t anticipate the transition from the down force of the trucks have and how much you can lean into driving a truck to the Xfinity cars – and the down force coming off those cars and sliding around a little bit more.” – Cassill
  • On Ross Chastain: “Week in and week out, we see this team just over-perform. They find themselves running in the top 10, beating cars that have massively larger budgets.” – Kligerman
  • On Christopher Bell: “I have my eye on Christopher Bell this weekend as someone who is probably going to be favorite off the truck on Friday to win this race. He won at Richmond – a very similar track; similar setup.” – Cassill
  • On Elliott Sadler: “Just keep doing what he’s doing. Because they’re just very competitive. Think about how close they were t beating his teammate to the line at Dover earlier this year when they came banging doors across the line.” – Kligerman

Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier were also profiled.

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Xfinity practice report from Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Austin Dillon posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final practice session at Michigan International Speedway.

Dillon went 177.004 mph to lead the Xfinity session. He was followed by Ryan Truex (176.561 mph), Elliott Sadler (176.224), Justin Allgaier (176.125) and Ryan Reed (176.104).

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Brandon Jones spun and made slight contact with the wall during the session, which saw a group of about a dozen cars run together at one point. Allgaier also spun but continued on without hitting anything.

First Practice

Kyle Busch posted the fastest lap in the first of two Xfinity practices Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Busch ran a lap of 175.584 mph.

John Hunter Nemechek (175.285 mph) was second and Justin Allgaier (175.268) was third. Next was Cole Custer (175.119) and Elliott Sadler (175.004).

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The session marked the first time Xfinity cars ran at Michigan with the aero package and restrictor plates used at Indianapolis last year and Pocono last weekend. The session saw cars draft and some run together at times.

 

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Cole Custer wins pole for Xfinity race at Pocono

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Cole Custer will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway after claiming his third pole of the year.

In single-car qualifying, Custer won the pole with a speed of 161.423 mph.

Ryan Truex qualified second with a speed of 161.319 mph.

The top five is completed by Austin Cindric, Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell.

Truex and Cindric each matched their best qualifying result of the year. They are both making their first career start at Pocono.

Paul Menard will start 13th. He is followed by Jeremy Clements, Kaz Grala, Chase Briscoe, Ryan Sieg and Shane Lee.

The Pocono 250 will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Click here for qualifying results.