Out of the six drivers left in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, three of which are Toyota drivers and two are Chevrolet entrants. Austin Cindric though, is the lone representative of Ford left in playoff contention. But, does that work in his favor or against him?
While it’s going to be tough being a rookie on a Brad Keselowski Racing team that’s folding at seasons end, it also benefits him that he is the lone Ford driver too. Being the only driver for the manufacturer means he’s going to get all the top equipment and resources. That should help him drastically.
But, how does he stack up against everyone else in advancing to the Championship 4 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway?
Cindric, has 10 top 10 finishes over his last 11 starts on the season. He finished eighth, fourth and fifth respectively in the first round. That’s extremely good especially for a driver in his first season in NASCAR.
Furthermore, Cindric had scored stage points in four of the six stages available in the first round. He’s going to have to keep that up if he wants to move to Homestead and not have to win a race in the playoffs to do so.
Also, Cindric has led laps in his No. 19 Ford in five of the last seven races on the season. He had just seven total laps led, all at Charlotte back in May, in the first 12 races to the season.