Austin Cindric wins after Kyle Busch disqualified in Xfinity race at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — Turns out, Kyle Busch will have to wait a little longer for Xfinity Series win No. 98.
Busch took the checkered flag for what everyone thought was a victory, but about an hour after his team’s celebration had ended, NASCAR ruled that the No. 54 Toyota failed post-race inspection, giving the win to Austin Cindric.
It makes three Xfinity wins in a row for Cindric, who swept back-to-back races at Kentucky last weekend.
“No matter how it happens, it’s great to win,” Cindric said. “Everyone has to play in the same sandbox.
“It’s great to be able to capitalize on fast race cars. I said that last week, and I’ll say it again. We’ve gotta keep building on that.”
Cindric made a move from third place to take the lead on the first lap of the race, and ultimately led 44 laps in three stints.
Busch clearly had the fastest car, but the left rear of his car twice measured lower than allowed height standards in post-race inspection, leading to the disqualification. The team has 24 hours to appeal the decision.
“I definitely feel bad for those guys,” said Brian Wilson, the crew chief for Cindric. “That’s not how you want to lose a race.”
Wilson suggested that being low on the left side could’ve been a slight speed advantage for Busch, who twice drove through the field — first because of his 28th starting spot, then again because of a pit road speeding penalty — to eventually take the lead with nine laps to go.
“I’m not gonna say that’s the reason why those guys were in victory lane earlier, but it doesn’t hurt,” Wilson said.
Cindric becomes the ninth driver to win at least three consecutive Xfinity Series races, and the first to do it since Christopher Bell in 2018.
“A win’s a win and it’s good for our team,” Cindric said. “It’s good for momentum and it’s good for points.”
Cindric is second in points, 24 behind Chase Briscoe for the series lead.
Busch lost out on what would have been his 98th victory to extend his lead as the winningest driver in Xfinity Series history. He has said he will quit racing in the series when he reaches 100 wins.