DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Cindric’s victory in the 2022 Daytona 500 marked his first in NASCAR’s premier series and the 199th different winner in the history of the Cup Series.
Cindric’s win came in his eighth career Cup Series start and second Daytona 500 attempt.
“I pride myself in being a versatile driver, an open-minded competitor, and that’s what you had to be tonight,” Cindric said to The Racing Experts.
The Team Penske driver’s victory marked the second straight season a driver earned their first career win in the Daytona 500 with Michael McDowell picking up the win in 2021.
“This makes up for losing a championship last race I did,” Cindric said. “…I know there’s going to be highs and lows, being a rookie in a field of drivers this strong. I’m just grateful for the opportunity, excited to climb the mountain we’ve got ahead of us on the 2 team.”
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