BEST YEAR YET: After 10 races in 2022, William Byron is off to his best start at the NASCAR Cup Series level. In his fifth season, the 24-year-old driver has scored two race victories, three stage wins, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s with 520 laps led and 13 playoff points accumulated – all career-best statistics at the 10-race mark. He is currently third in the Cup Series standings behind only teammate Chase Elliott and second-place Ryan Blaney.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Byron has led laps in eight of the 10 points-paying races in 2022, including all eight events on paved ovals. His 520 total laps led are the most in the Cup Series. He has also spent the second-most laps running in the top-10 (1,860) and the most laps running within the top-five (1,396).
TWO-FOUR HISTORY: Byron’s two victories in 2022 have added to the total of his storied car number. Five of the No. 24’s total of 97 Cup Series wins have come at Dover Motor Speedway, all with NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon. If Byron goes to victory lane on Sunday, it will put the No. 24 just two away from the 100-win milestone and will secure the fourth-most wins by a car number at the Monster Mile, breaking a four-way tie.
DOVER DIGEST: In seven Cup Series starts at Dover Motor Speedway, Byron has a best starting position of second that came in May 2019 when Hendrick Motorsports teammate Elliott edged him out for the pole. However, in his last two Cup starts there, Byron has raced to consecutive fourth-place results – his best at the mile-long track and his second-longest streak of top-five finishes at a venue behind only Martinsville Speedway where he has three in a row.
MONSTER MILE MINUTES: Sunday’s race will be crew chief Rudy Fugle’s second at the Cup Series level at Dover Motor Speedway after he scored a fourth-place finish in last year’s event. However, the Livonia, New York, native has eight other starts at the 1-mile track, all in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In those races, Fugle has accumulated one win, two top-five finishes and two top-10s. One of those previous starts was with Byron in 2016 when the duo started on the pole and raced to an 11th-place result.
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William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on if he feels like he’s having to re-learn tracks with the Next Gen car: “I’d say every week is a new week. It really is. We look at our old notes for balance and things like that, but even that’s kind of changed. I think Dover’s going to be eye-opening to see how this car gets around, because you know it has way less downforce. Downforce is key at Dover. I’m very interested to see how that feels and how that plays out, because I don’t know what to expect.”
Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on what notes he can use to prepare for Dover: “We don’t have a ton of short track notes with the Next Gen car right now, but I think the race at Martinsville gives us a good starting point. That race we saw that track position played a big factor and that maintaining a pit strategy that helped with that was key. I can see that playing a factor again this weekend at Dover. I also think some of our setup notes from last year will still help as well. Plus, with the high banking in the corners at Dover, it translates slightly to an intermediate track in that regard, so we can use those notes that we have as well. We ran well at Martinsville a few weeks ago, and Dover has been good to us in the past, so I think those things give us a good baseline for when we unload for practice.”