Cindric defeated Riley Herbst and Ross Chastain to win. Although this is his third Xfinity Series victory, it is Cindric’s first NASCAR victory on an oval track.
“I don’t care about the shape of the track, if it’s dirty, oval, I don’t care,” Cindric told FS1. “I’m just happy that this Ford Mustang Snap-On is at Victory Lane. We have come so close all year. … I am pumped. It’s awesome. I would love to be able to come back and do another performance like that tomorrow night. ”
The Team Penske driver led 41 of the 136 laps in the race.
The top five was completed by Chase Briscoe and Anthony Alfredo.
Briscoe finished second when the overtime was restarted, but relaxed when leaving turn 2, which made him back up. Cindric’s victory comes after Briscoe has won three of the last four races.
“I love this guy, but he has won enough,” joked Cindric.
The overtime finish was created by a rotation of Harrison Burton in turn 3 with four laps to go.
The race was the first of a double header for Xfinity in Kentucky with the second race scheduled for 8 p.m. ET Friday evening. The top 15 finishers this evening will be reversed for tomorrow’s start eleven. Myatt Snider and Jesse Little will start first.
WINNER OF STEP 1: Noah Gragson
WINNER OF STEP 2: Noah Gragson
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PLUS: Race results, points classification
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Riley Herbst finished second for the second time this season… Ross Chastain rebounded after a penalty and an incident with Brett Moffitt to win his third place. He finished in the top three in four of the last five races… Michael Annett was sixth for his third consecutive top 10… Kyle Weatherman placed eighth for his best career finish.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Jeb Burton and Brandon Jones sank in the first round. Burton spun in turn 2 and recovered Jones, who was eliminated for his third consecutive DNF … Brandon Brown fell out of touch with Justin Haley with 46 laps to go. He finished 27th… Colby Howard sank with 14 laps to go. He finished 32nd.
AND AFTER: Race # 2 at Kentucky Speedway, Friday evening at 8 p.m. ET on FS1
Finally. Win the @KySpeedway race tonight. Bad fast @Snapon_Tools @FordPerformance Mustang. @Team_Penske you are all the best. Thank you all for the ❤️ and support
– Austin Cindric (@AustinCindric) July 10, 2020