Austin Cindric Wins at Gateway

NKP #2: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Freightliner Ford Mustang celebrates his win

Unofficial Ford Performance Results:

1st – Austin Cindric

3rd – Brad Keselowski

5th – Joey Logano

9th – Justin Haley

14th – Chris Buescher

16th – Todd Gilliland

17th – Chase Briscoe

22nd – Noah Gragson

24th – Ryan Blaney

25th – Michael McDowell

29th – Ryan Preece

31st – Harrison Burton

33rd – Cody Ware

36th – Josh Berry

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Freightliner Ford Mustang Dark Horse (Finished 1st)

VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – WHAT IS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?  “Honestly, I’m heartbroken for the 12 team.  I don’t know what happened to them at the end of the race, but they deserved to win this race.  Ryan has been a hell of a leader on this team.  This weekend was a great weekend for everybody involved.  To have two cars in the fight and an eventual one-two there, like I said, I’m heartbroken for those guys, but this is huge for me.  This is huge for this team.  I’m so glad I was able to get a win with Brian as my crew chief in the Cup Series.  You never know when it’s gonna happen again.  I just drove my butt off and hoped for the best.”

THIS IS ALL YOU DO.  YOU WORK SO HARD, BUT IT’S BEEN A STRUGGLE.  WHAT DOES A WIN LIKE THIS DO FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM?  “It’s everything.  It’s absolutely everything and the funny thing about it is this Freightliner Ford Mustang is probably one of the best-looking cars at the racetrack and I’ve had terrible races every single time with this car and it’s great to win with a great paint scheme.  It’s great to win in front of an amazing crowd.  This racetrack does an amazing job putting on events and I’m just proud to be able to do it and proud to be able to bring it home for these guys.  They deserve it.”

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards Ford Mustang Dark Horse (Finished 24th) 

WAS THERE ANY THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO GET LOW ON FUEL?  “No, I didn’t think so.  I never thought in my mind we were short.  It’s one of those things.  I’m proud of the 12 boys.  The Menards/Richmond Ford was fast.  I had my work cut out for me holding off Christopher.  That was fun.  I don’t know what happened to him, but just one lap short.  That stinks, but congrats to the 2 team.  They did a good job all day.  Props to them, Austin.  I’m proud for Team Penske and Ford.  I’m really happy with our showing today.  I don’t know what I’ve got to do to get some luck on our side.  I’ve wrecked the last two points races and thought we had a great shot to win today and I ended up bad, so I just appreciate the effort.  We just have to keep sticking with it.”

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Mustang Dark Horse (Finished 5th) – “We weren’t too far off.  We were just a few adjustments away of getting our Shell/Pennzoil Mustang as good as our teammates were, but not too bad.  We were able to grab some points, which we need to do, and a Penske car got in Victory Lane, so you’ve got to be happy about that.  Obviously, we’d rather it be us, but that momentum goes through the whole shop.  It’s still a good day.  We still scored a bunch of points today with stage points in both stages.  A poor qualifying effort, which probably hurt us a little bit on tuning the car and just a little too loose off.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 6 Solomon Plumbing Ford Mustang Dark Horse (Finished 3rd)

“That was strategy. We got behind early for sure but we kept putting ourselves in position to keep moving forward and I wish I could have gotten second but it was a really hard-fought day for everyone on the Solomon Plumbing Ford Mustang. We will take a lot of good momentum from this one for sure.”

WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THAT RUN?  “It was hot in the there, but it was good for our whole effort.  We were in position early and we had the issue there on pit road.  The guys kept their heads down and recovered.  We had some good strategy and made some good passes on that last restart to start stage three and on the long run we were really strong, so just making it all count where we can.”

YOU STAYED OUT AT ONE POINT.  BEING A TEAM OWNER, WHAT KIND OF CONFIDENCE DOES THAT GIVE YOU TO MAKE THOSE CALLS?  “Ultimately, I have the steering wheel, so I can always make the call (laughing), but I just felt confident.  Our car wasn’t falling off and I just wanted to keep going and see it out and see if maybe we could catch a yellow.  If not, I felt more good things would happen for us.”

JOSH BERRY, No. 4 Ford Mustang Dark Horse (Retired Early – Single Car Incident on Lap 109)

WHAT HAPPENED? “I really don’t know what happened. Obviously with what our past has been with the rotors here it kind of makes you think that. I went over and looked at the rotors and it looked like they were still on it so it is either that or a tire.”

YOU WERE HAVING A GREAT DAY UNTIL THE SPEEDING PENALTY, CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH THAT? “Yeah, for where we started we moved up into the top 15 pretty quick. The car was pretty good and I was learning a lot. We pushed the exit on the last section a little too hard and got the penalty there. We were still passing cars though and it would have been another good day.”

DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING BEFORE YOU HIT THE WALL? “Not really. That is what I mean. I don’t know. I looked at it and the rotors look like they are pretty intact. So I don’t know. When we get it back to the garage we will look. I am sure it is either that or just the tire went flat.”

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