‘Awesome way to start things out,’ Daytona 500 champion Austin Cindric secures pole for Sundays Auto Club 400

Newly Crowned Daytona 500 champion Austin Cindric secures pole for Wise Power 400

Austin Cindric
Austin Cindric

Austin Cindric, the Penske Rookie, who won the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series opener the Daytona 500 is showing no signs of stopping as he secures the pole for Sunday’s Wise Power 400 in Auto Club Speedway Fontana as he secured his first pole in Cup Series.

Austin Cindric was able to drive his Next-Gen Penske to the finish line with the fastest average lap speed of 174.647 mph in the second and final round of single-car qualifying. Austin Cindric was able to his nerve and keep the car in a 2-mile oval whereas some of his compatriots lost their compatriots either spun or crashed their Next-Gen car.

Austin Cindric was able to hold off Erik Jones who was hot on his heels with the fastest lap of 174.157 mph in the Auto Club Speedway which was constructed by Roger Penske, the owner of Penske Racing.  

Find out what Austin Cindric had to say on securing the pole

Austin Cindric
Austin Cindric wins the 2022 Daytona 500

Austin Cindric acknowledged that he has he is learning a lot of things fast in his budding NASCAR career. He went on to say he is happy about the pole as he was able to use the data available at his disposal to his advantage without getting distracted by the crashes, the mistakes on the field. Austin Cindric added that it will be fun to enter the final as pole-sitter but added that he doesn’t see the pole guaranteeing him something out of the race.

There’s so much learning going on, and it’s all happening fast,” Austin Cindric said.

Obviously, as a driver, you can’t be distracted by the crashes, the mistakes, the short amount of time. But I had all the data I needed today to learn what I needed to and go apply it. It’s fun to be able to do that,” Austin Cindric explained.

Awesome way to start things out. I don’t think it guarantees anything for the race, but it’s certainly a lot of fun to be able to go through that,” Austin Cindric added.

Two times Cup series champion Kyle Busch who also has two Fontana victories in his bag will start Sunday’s final race at P3 followed by Denny Hamlin at P4 and  Daniel Hermic at P5.

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