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Cindric to Split XFINITY Schedule with Roush and Penske

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Although it was originally believed that Austin Cindric would only have nine dates on his calendar for 2018, it is not the case as he will compete in all 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series events. 

As previously announced, Cindric will begin the campaign behind the wheel of the No. 60 PIRTEK Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing at Daytona International Speedway. He will then run eight more races for Jack Roush, including four of the first five.

The remaining 24 dates will be filled by either competing in the No. 12 or No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske. The schedule will include all four Dash for Cash events – Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover. While there is a cash bonus up for grabs for series regulars at each of those, winning two of them gives you a ticket for the XFINITY Series playoffs. 

“Just the experience of making the final four last season and getting to race for the Truck Series Championship at Homestead for BKR (Brad Keselowski Racing) was truly special for me, but has made me determined to find a way to try and get in that position again,” Cindric said. “Now to have the opportunity to run for a Driver’s Championship this year in the XFINITY Series with both Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing is a dream come true. I know there’s a lot left for me to learn. That being said, it puts the ball in my court because I have such an incredible and unique opportunity in front of me to be surrounded by the experience of two very successful organizations and that is all a driver can ask for. Much like last season, I feel like it may take a little time to adjust, but I’m eager to get started on that journey. I just can’t thank Roger Penske, Jack Roush and everyone with Ford Performance enough for this opportunity.”

On top of running the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign last year for Brad Keselowski Racing, Cindric made his XFINITY debut with Team Penske at Road America last season. He placed 16th after battling for the win until a cut tire late in the event. 

Team Penske also confirmed that Matt Swiderski will serve as the crew chief for the team’s No. 12 Mustang. He joins the organization after spending the past several years at Richard Childress Racing, including serving as the team’s No. 3 XFINITY crew chief last season. 

“This is a great opportunity to become a part of the winning tradition at Team Penske,” said Swiderski. “I’m really excited to team up with Austin when he’s behind the wheel of the No. 12 Ford while also working closely with (No. 22 crew chief) Brian Wilson. Our goal is to help the No. 22 team win another series Owners’ Title while working with Austin as he chases the Driver’s Championship.”

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.