Daytona 500 champion Austin Cindric was unlucky this time. After fighting for the top spot throughout the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr's right tire went down and then hit Austin Cindric's car, after which he had to finish the race.
“This style of racing we’re all together and it’s a pretty large hit. It’s a shame to be out of the race,” Cindric said, as quoted by motorsport. “We were fighting close to the top 10 range most of the day, but just kind of a victim and it’s a bummer.
It played out probably similar to what I thought it would after watching the Xfinity race (on Saturday). We stayed in a really large pack and handling seemed to matter a little bit, but track position seems to matter a lot.
To be honest, I still can’t quite figure out if there’s a trick to what we were doing (Sunday), but just a shame. I wish we had gotten to the end and had a shot at it”.
The track in Atlanta is very different from the one in Daytona, it is much shorter, and Cindric revealed his impressions of it.
“I feel like (Sunday) if you weren’t fifth on forward, you were limited by whatever was happening in the first two or three rows. I never quite figured out a method to the madness,” he said. “We kind of hung around 10th on the edge of stage points all the time.
It was interesting for sure, but it’s a narrow track and not a lot of room to have errors”. The only chance drivers had in those moments was to go three-wide on areas, which is not easy “I took advantage of that a few times and it was kind of fun,” he said, “but it’s a pretty rare opportunity that you would catch somebody sleeping” (to make that move).