Austin Cindric added another impressive mark to his quickly-expanding racing resume with his first victory on an oval track in a stock car.
With help from some savvy pit strategy, Cindric stretched his fuel and held off Dalton Sargeant in overtime to win Friday night’s ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway.
The win is the first in NASCAR competition on an oval track for Cindric, the 18-year-old son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric.
Already this season, Cindric has won a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races on the road courses at Virginia International Raceway at Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Cindric’s ARCA win was his first in five starts in that series.
“It’s just awesome,” Cindric said. “We’ve come up short every time here, but these guys just hustle so hard and man it feels so good. Brian Wilson’s (crew chief) call was the right thing.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to be out front and know you’re in control. We’ve been so close in these ARCA races. It means a lot to finally get here.”
Cindric, in the No. 99 Ford, pitted just once for gas and tires during the race while most of the other race contenders completed the race on two pit stops.
Cindric has made four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series over the past two seasons with a career-best finish of 14th at Phoenix in 2015.
Last season, the diverse driver earned 11 podium finishes across three different series, including four victories in Global Rally Cross Lites and one in IMSA. He is the youngest winner in the Continental Tire Series (Mosport) and the youngest driver to ever compete in the Bathurst 12 Hour.
This season, Cindric competes fulltime in the Pirelli World Challenge, driving the No. 6 McLaren 650S for K-PAX Racing. He is ninth in GT driver points and his K-PAX Racing team leads the GT team championship standings with only next month’s race at Laguna Seca remaining.