Based on their inconsistency and failure to run up front more times than not during regular season, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe weren’t expected to survive the Round of 16. But survive they both did, and now they’re in the Round of 12 and hoping to advance once again.
While the odds are certainly stacked against either Briscoe or Cindric qualifying for the Round of 8, stranger things have happened in 2022 – a season that has produced 19 different race winners, including four first-time winners. Among the quartet of first-timers is Cindric and Briscoe, who went to Victory Lane in the Daytona 500 and at Phoenix, respectively.
Will Cindric and Briscoe keep the surprises coming in the Round of 12? Both have very limited experience at Texas – the site of Sunday’s Round of 12 opener – but that doesn't mean they can be counted out on Sunday or in either of the other two races in this round, which take place at two highly unpredictable tracks: Talladega and the Charlotte ROVAL.
“I’m super proud to be able to move onto the Round of 12,” Briscoe said. “That’s a really big accomplishment. We’ve just got to do what we did today, not eliminate ourselves. That’s gonna be the key to this next round, especially with how many wild card races there are. So if we can go there and do that, guys are gonna keep eliminating themselves. We just have to limit our mistakes, and if we do that – we know we’ve got to have a little more speed – but if we can just limit our mistakes, it gives us a chance to move on in the next round as well.”