Austin Cindric to drive three Truck races for Brad Keselowski Racing

In NASCAR, it pays to have connections. And it's critical to have talent, too. Turns out 17-year-old Austin Cindric has plenty of both.

Cindric, the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, will drive a third Brad Keselowski Racing Ford F-150 at NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Talladega Superspeedway.

PIRTEK will be the primary sponsor of the No. 2 Ford F-150 driven by Cindric at Bristol.

"I'm really grateful to have the opportunity to run three more races with Brad Keselowski Racing at three tracks that are so diverse; I'm definitely being thrown into the deep end of the pool again going into Bristol," Cindric. "The most important thing I need right now is laps under my belt. The team has a great history at Bristol and excellent knowledge of that track."

Cindric won the Aug. 5 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Watkins Glen International. Starting from the pole, Cindric led all 41 laps on the way to scoring his second victory in a row in the series. He claimed his first victory April 30 at Virginia International Raceway, also winning from the pole.

Cindric made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in 2015 at Martinsville Speedway with BKR last October where he qualified 14th and ran well before a late-race incident relegated him to a 25th-place finish. His second NCWTS start came at Phoenix International Raceway a few weeks later, where he scored a respectable 14th-place finish.