Rookie Austin Cindric edges Bubba Wallace by a nose at 2022 Daytona 500 for first Cup win

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Cindric’s full-time Cup Series debut couldn’t have gone any better.

The Team Penske rookie edged Bubba Wallace by a nose in overtime to win the 64th Daytona 500 on his team owner Roger Penske’s 85th birthday.

Cindric, 23, was making just his eighth Cup start but first as a full-time racer. He took over the No. 2 Ford when Brad Keselowski became a driver owner for RFK Racing.

Cindric, who won the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, became the second youngest Daytona 500 champion following Trevor Bayne, who won the 2011 race at the age of 20 years and one day.


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