Team Penske’s Austin Cindric in the No.22 Snap-On Tools Ford lead thirty laps of Monday night’s Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway but was left disappointed as he was forced to give up the lead of the race on the final lap of the event after being passed by race winner Kyle Busch and Daniel Hermic.
Speaking following the race, Cindric said:
“It just didn’t work out for us,” Cindric said. “I was on older tires, and everyone else on older tires ended up crashing. It’s hard to beat the best in the business on older tires. I got a great push from Daniel (on the final restart). I’m shocked the restart zone went as well as it did. That was a big struggle for me all night. I knew I was going to have to defend in (Turns) 3 and 4 and took the top in (Turns) 1 and 2.
“He just had way more grip than I did. The heat cycles were killer. I never lifted driving into (Turn) 3 on the final lap. I just gave up second but didn’t really care at that point. I just wanted to win the race. Overall, it was a great night, and I’m really proud of my team. I came here with something that we have never come to the race track with. We had to work on it all night. It shows the strength of the team and I’m really proud of the effort.”