William Byron

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JR Motorsports Race Report

JR Motorsports Race Report

April 22, 2017

JR Motorsports Race Report

Saturday, April 22, 2017

 

Race 7 of 33: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Track Specs: 0.533-mile oval / 300 laps

Weather: Mostly Cloudy; 68 degrees

Race Winner: Erik Jones

Byron’s Finish: 12th

 

William Byron crossed the finish line 12th in Saturday’s caution-filled Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Byron remains second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings, 16 markers behind teammate Elliott Sadler.

 

The Liberty University Chevrolet was set to start the 300-mile race from the 19th position on Saturday afternoon. Early into the race, the team reported to the driver that the top lane was not working for some drivers and told him to try multiple lines. Byron was scored in the ninth position on lap 32. By lap 55, the leader had caught the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet and made the pass on lap 56, putting Byron one lap down. Byron reported to the team that his machine couldn’t stand to be more free and asked for adjustments after Stage One. When the caution flag was shown on lap 81, the No. 9 team visited pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure and track-bar adjustment. The green flag returned on lap 96 and Byron was quiet on the radio while battling traffic on track.

 

The second caution flag of the day was shown on lap 121 and the driver reported that the adjustments made on the previous stop helped, but he still needed more. The team elected to stay out under caution to maintain their position on track. With eight laps to go in Stage Two the red flag was shown for weather at the track. After a one hour and 38-minute red flag, the sun was shining and drivers returned to their cars. With six laps remaining in Stage Two, Byron was scored in the 16th position and elected not to pit.

 

Byron crossed the line at the end of Stage Two 15th and reported that his Chevrolet Camaro wasn’t bad, but he asked the team to free his car up a little bit. Byron received the Lucky Dog at the conclusion of Stage Two, which put the team back on the lead lap. The team came to pit road on lap 174 for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. Byron restarted from the tail-end of the field after receiving the Lucky Dog and he spent the next green-flag run battling through traffic as he worked his way up through the field.

 

On lap 221, the fifth caution of the day was shown for a wreck in Turn 4. Byron radioed to his team that he had a flat tire after running over some debris on track. The team came to pit road for four tires, fuel and another track-bar adjustment. Shortly after the green flag waved, Byron was scored in the 10th position and continued working his way through the field. With 57 laps remaining, the track was under caution and the 19-year-old relayed to his team that his Liberty University Chevrolet was tight on the late exit. The team maintained their track position and chose not to pit.

 

When the No. 6 of Bubba Wallace wrecked on lap 262, Byron quickly radioed to the team for them to check for nose damage to his machine. The team decided, under the second red flag of the day, that the damage wasn’t anything to worry about during the final laps. By lap 268, the Charlotte-native was scored in the seventh position and reported that it was a lot easier to drive in the clean air.

 

With seven laps to go, Byron was navigating his way past a lapped down car when they made contact which in turn sent the No. 9 into the No. 7 of Justin Allgaier. The No. 9 machine received left rear damage and the team came to pit road on lap 295 for four tires, fuel, a track-bar adjustment and to make repairs to the left rear quarter panel.

 

Byron crossed the finish line in the 12th position after a caution-filled race. Erik Jones brought home the win, followed by Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Sadler and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top-five.

 

William Byron, driver No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet team

“Overall, it wasn’t a great finish. We were able to rally there at the end and get our track position better. Once we got the car better, we had a pretty good day going and just had an unfortunate deal at the end. That is just part of Bristol. The track is pretty much one lane, so everyone is fighting for the same real estate. It was a good race and I think we figured some things out for the fall race.”

 

 

No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro

William Byron

Start

19th

Finish

12th

Laps Completed (Led)

300 of 300 (0)

Points (Bonus)

25 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

2nd (-16)

Status

Running