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A NASCAR driver could make the Championship 4 and still not have a ride next year
Austin Cindric by Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images

NASCAR Camping World driver Austin Cindric seems to be a bit perplexed at his status for next year. NASCAR writer Bob Pockrass tweeted out that Cindric has not finalized anything definitive for 2018.

In the tweet, Pockrass quotes Cindric as saying that it would be a shame to make the championship 4 in trucks this year and not have a ride in NASCAR next year. Join the club, Austin.

There have been many examples of successful drivers who for one reason or another found themselves on the outside of a ride. For Cindric, his reputation on the track may not be helping. He’s faced criticism this week after spinning Ben Rhodes out of the playoff race in Phoenix. The move allowed Cindric to advance to the championship.

“I believe NASCAR should park them, they should penalize them,” Rhodes crew chief Eddie Troconis told FS1 and reported by NASCAR.com. “They’re going to hurt someone one of these days. It was a cheap shot from them. If they want to go like that, that’s fine.”

It’s not the first time Cindric has been criticized for his driving. In September, Cindric spun out Kaz Grala on the last lap of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 to win his first truck race. Several people accused Cindric of a dump and run.

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