Austin Cindric

Austin Cindric celebrates after emerging from his Team Penske No. 22 PPG Ford on Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

LEXINGTON -- Author Thomas Wolfe penned a novel titled, "You Can't Go Home Again," a book published in 1940 after his death.

Austin Cindric hasn't read it, obviously. He is far too busy winning NASCAR races.

The 20-year-old Columbus native, who grew up spending summer vacations at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course then owned by his grandfather, claimed his second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series win Saturday in a dominating performance in the B&L Transport 170.

Now living in North Carolina, Cindric won by a remarkable 3.78 seconds over Christopher Bell and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver AJ Allmendinger. He earned his first Xfinity Series win last weekend at Watkins Glen International in New York.

After climbing out of his Team Penske No. 22 Ford and celebrating with crew chief Brian Wilson and his teammates, Cindric reflected on what winning at Mid-Ohio meant to he and his family.

He is the son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric and the grandson of former track owner, the late Jim Trueman, who died in 1986 from colon cancer at the age of 51.

"To get my first two wins within a week is incredible," Cindric said. "To win on a road course like this obviously gives you a lot of confidence."


Austin Cindric roars out of the Carousel turn on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"I am over the moon about winning here. I've had four or five poles here over my career here and never won on anything I've driven so it feels awesome," he said.

"It's cool because there's probably a kid out there watching the corners wanting to be a race car driver some day and that was me 10, 12 years ago watching the corners, running around, playing in the grass, doing whatever you want, getting a hot dog," Cindric said.

"It would be incredible if my grandpa were alive today and was able to see that win," he said.

Cindric was on the Mid-Ohio pole in 2018 and led 59 laps, but was passed by Justin Allgaier with three laps to go and finished second. He led 47 laps on Saturday.

Cindric is the seventh different winner in seven Xfinity Series races at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course. His win capped an impressive weekend after posting the second fastest time in practice Friday and then earning the pole by three-tenths of a second in qualifying earlier Saturday.

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Austin Cindric celebrates his second straight win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, taking the checkered flag Saturday in the B&L Transport 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Cindric is the first Xfinity regular to win back-to-back races this season. He’s also the ninth driver to earn their first two career wins in back-to-back races.

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"I wanna know how short the list is for three (in a row)," Cindric said with a smile.

The series movies to the short-track at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Friday night for the Food City 300. He was sixth at Bristol earlier this year.

"Next week is not going to be easy," he said. "(But) I have grown a lot at tracks like Bristol. I am pretty motivated to get one of those things done on an oval."

"I am so thankful to (crew chief) Brian (Wilson) and everyone on the team for sticking with me. I have had to learn and grow a lot in this series. I am glad the hard work is starting to pay off a little bit," Cindric said.

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MORE OHIO CONNECTIONS: Owner Matt Kaulig from Hudson, Ohio, brought his two-car team to Mid-Ohio on Saturday and came away with two top-10 finishes in the 38-team field.

In addition to Almindinger's third-place finish in the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, teammate Justin Haley was ninth in his No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet.