ELKHART LAKE, WI - AUGUST 26: Austin Cindric driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, waits in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Johnsonville 180 at Road America on August 26, 2017 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Driver furious at "dirty" tactics following a controversial move that cost him a win


Austin Cindric won the Chevrolet 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for his first career Truck Series victory.

Cindric's win wasn't without controversy, though. Cindric's 19 car nudged the back of Kaz Grala's 33 car and passed him for the win. The front-to-back contact sent Grala's car sideways, and it led the 19-year-old Cindric to his first win.

"I wanted to pass him clean because I'm all about that," said Cindric, who drives the Ford F-150 for Brad Keselowski Racing.. "I feel like this is what NASCAR racing is about. You have to win to make a playoff position. You can't finish second.

"Everyone (who has won at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) made the move in the last corner. I figured I might as well change that."

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Grala said the move was dirty, and he wasn't pleased following the race.

"He didn't even attempt to pass," Grala said. "He just drove right in there and used me as his brakes, turned me straight around and gave me no opportunity.

"Just a dirty move. I've got a lot of respect for him as a road course racer but lost a lot today."

Cindric qualified for the playoffs with the victory, so the move was worth it for him. But it's easy to see why Grala would be against Cindric's move, and it's understandable why he's frustrated.

(h/t NASCAR.com)