William Byron


JR Motorsports Race Report

JR Motorsports Race Report

April 8, 2017

JR Motorsports Race Report 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Race 6 of 33: My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval / 200 laps
Weather: Mostly Sunny; 82 degrees
Race Winner: Erik Jones
Byron’s Finish: 7th

William Byron led 17 laps on his way to capturing his fifth top-10 finish of 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. Byron crossed the line seventh in the My Bariatric Solutions 300, maintaining his second-place position in the NXS Championship Standings. The 19-year-old is now only six points behind teammate Elliott Sadler. 

The No. 9 Axalta/Priefert Chevrolet started the 200-lap race from the fifth position. By lap 3, Byron had advanced two positions and was running third when the No. 21 of Daniel Hemric spun in front of the No. 9 machine, bringing out the first caution of the day on lap 13. Byron reported that his car was a tick free and the team elected to stay out on track, restarting second. On lap 23, the Charlotte-native radioed to the team that his Axalta Chevrolet was free on the initial turn in. 

At the conclusion of Stage One, Byron was scored in the fourth position. He told the team that his car needed to be more secure on the initial take off. The team called Byron to pit road for right side tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment on lap 47. After a quick pit stop by the No. 9 crew, Byron was set to restart from the first position. After taking the green flag on lap 58, Byron quickly radioed to the team that his Chevrolet was loose on two tires.  

When the caution flag waved on lap 85, crew chief Dave Elenz made the call to stay out on track in an attempt to gain a playoff point at the conclusion of the stage. Byron held onto the lead from lap 85 to lap 92, winning Stage Two and collecting that point. Before coming to pit road, the driver reported that his machine still took off free. Byron visited pit road under the stage-ending caution for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, restarting 12th on lap 98.  

Byron quickly set his sights on the cars in front of him and by lap 140, was scored in the seventh position. The team called Byron to pit road for a green-flag stop on lap 150 for four tires, fuel and an additional adjustment to help the car’s handling. On lap 165, Byron radioed to the team that his car was free back to the initial gas on both ends of the track. The No. 9 Axalta/Priefert Chevrolet was scored in the seventh position on lap 185 and would maintain that position through the conclusion of the race. 

Erik Jones crossed the finish line first and was followed by Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer rounding out the top five. 

William Byron, driver No. 9 Axalta/Priefert Chevrolet team
"It was really important for us to win a stage today and get the bonus points. We had a top-five car for sure, but we just got caught up in traffic there at the end. It is hard to pass with the one lane here on this new surface. The track widened up as the race went on and we were able to pass some guys. Overall, the race just didn’t play out like we would have liked, but we got some extra points and it was a good day overall."

No. 9 Axalta/Priefert Chevrolet Camaro
William Byron

Start-    5th
Finish-    7th
Laps Completed (Led)-    200 of 200 (17)
Points (Bonus)-    47 (1)
Point Standings (from leader)-    2nd (-6)
Status-     Running