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Austin Cindric Leads Way in Xfinity COTA Practice

Austin Cindric led the way in NASCAR Xfinity Series practice for the Pit Boss 250 at Circuit of the Americas Friday, May 21.

The Team Penske driver logged a time at 89.1 mph to top the charts in the lone practice session.

Cindric’s No.22 Menards Ford was only six thousandths of a second quicker than second-place Daniel Hemric. Hemric overcame a power steering issue to log a time at 89.05 mph, the only other driver to set a time above 89 mph.

Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top five.

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Similar to Camping World Truck Series practice earlier in the day, Xfinity practice had many on-track incidents, but only two brought out the red flag — one f0r an incident involving Bayley Currey and the other for Brandon Brown, which ended the session early.

Other issues included Landon Cassill and Spencer Pumpelly going for spins, while Kris Wright and Ryan Sieg suffered apparent engine failures.

Xfinity COTA Practice Results

Qualifying for the Pit Boss 250 is set to get underway May 22 at 11:05 a.m. ET, with the green flag set to drop later that evening at 4 p.m. ET.

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Alex has been writing in the motorsport world since he was 19. Starting his career with the NASCAR Pinty's Series, Alex's work has been featured in Inside Track Magazine, TSN & NBC Sports as well as countless race programs.

Alex has also worked within the junior hockey world in Canada, appearing as a desk host for the OHL's Barrie Colts. He also got the opportunity to cover the 2018 Chevy Silverado 250 which appeared as the headlining article on NASCAR.com.

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