Brace yourself if you thought that the battles on the track were all wrapped up after the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway this weekend.
NASCAR driver Austin Dillon pulled no punches yesterday after he found himself wrecked and pointing fingers at Austin Cindric, stating “I was wrecked intentionally by [Austin Cindric], hooked right, just like Chase [Elliott] and Denny [Hamlin] and Bubba’s deal,” Dillon said. “He better be suspended next week.”
In a race at the Portland International Raceway that was as grueling as it was long, characterized by oppressive heat, delays due to lightning, a blackout, four instances of brake rotor failures, and a whopping 11 cautions, it was the final 21-lap showdown, a crash involving Dillon, Cindric, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., that truly set the tempers aflame.
Even during the midst of the excitement surrounding his driver Kyle Busch’s landmark 63rd NASCAR Cup Series win, his third victory of this season, and his inaugural triumph at Gateway after coming in second to Joey Logano last season, team owner Richard Childress, representing Austin Dillon, made a point to call out Cindric, even though no specific question about the incident was raised when speaking to the press
“[Kyle Busch has] definitely helped Austin a whole lot, Austin’s had some good runs,” Childress stated. “He had drove up to about 10th until the [No.] 2 car wrecked him.”
Stenhouse, who was also involved in the crash, also voiced his anger with him.
“We had a really good streak going of really good runs, and it looked like the [No.] 2, for some reason, right reared the [No.] 3.,” said Stenhouse. “Took both of us Chevy guys out, so, that’s a bummer because we definitely had a top 10 car today.
“It’s frustrating to get taken out on the straightaway. That’s the most frustrating part this close to the end of the race, knowing that I felt like we had a top 10 going. We’ll just have to start a new streak next week, go to Sonoma [Raceway], I feel like my guys will bring a good car.”
This won’t be something that Stenhouse will be forgetting about anytime soon, especially with the next race in Sonoma coming right up.
“Austin Cindric probably won’t win that race, and I think Austin [Dillon] and I will make sure of that.”
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