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Austin Cindric Wins At VIR, Martin-McClure Racing Goes Back-To-Back In K&N Pro Series East

Austin Cindric Wins At VIR, Martin-McClure Racing Goes Back-To-Back In K&N Pro Series East

by May 4, 2016 0 comments

ALTON, Va. – In his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East trip to VIRginia International Raceway, 17-year old Austin Cindric led the most laps and won the Biscuitville 125 on Saturday.

The win marked the second in a row for Martin-McClure Racing in the series. Cindric, a native or Mooresville, North Carolina was the fastest in the one and only practice session, he sat on the 21 Means 21 Pole Award and he led 29 laps en route to the victory.

“What a fantastic day,” Cindric said. “I think it’s a great way to start off my NASCAR K&N Pro Series career and a great group of guys to work with.”

After starting on the pole, Cindric led the first 26 laps of the race before Noah Gragson made his way to the top spot.

“Honestly on paper, it couldn’t look any better, but it was hard fought in the race,” Cindric said. “I led the early parts. I think I could’ve saved my tires a little more, and Justin (Haley) was able to get ahead of me.

On lap 33, it was Justin Haley taking the lead away from Gragson, and he led for the next 19 laps. The sixth and final caution came out with just five laps to go. Cindric was able to make his way back to the race lead with just two laps to go, and he was able to hold on for the victory.

“On that final restart, I knew that I had to take it all, and we (Cindric and Haley) were both fighting hard, door-slamming all the way across the track,” Cindric said. “It was good fun, but it was hard fought and good to get these guys a second win.

Finishing second on Saturday was Justin Haley, followed by Austin Theriault, Kyle Benjamin and Ronnie Bassett Jr. rounding out the top-five.

Following the weekend, Haley and Benjamin are now tied for the championship point lead. Ronnie Bassett Jr. in third, trails the two drivers by 24 points.

Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is the ComServe Memorial Day Classic at Dominion Raceway on Monday, May 30.

Photo Credit: Bob Leverone/NASCAR via Getty Images

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Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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