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What’s it like winning a Daytona 500 as a rookie? Austin Cindric reflects a year later

Austin Cindric wore a bulky, shiny, familiar ring on his right hand.

He wore that Daytona 500 jewelry for practically four straight days a year and a few months ago, he said, after winning NASCAR’s biggest race in February 2022. And he donned it again on Tuesday morning in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte, where a model of the No. 2 Next Gen car was unveiled in the museum’s “Glory Road.”

“The key is to put chap stick on your finger,” he said. “Because otherwise it just doesn’t come off.”

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