JR Motorsports Race Report
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Race 10 of 33: Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval / 200 laps
Weather: Sunny; 85 degrees
Race Winner: Ryan Blaney
Byron's Finish: 14th
William Byron and the No. 9 Axalta Chevrolet battled ill-handling conditions throughout the 200-lap event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and brought home a 14th-place finish. The Charlotte native remains third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings, now 57 markers behind teammate Elliott Sadler.
The 19-year-old rolled off the grid 13th at the 1.5-mile facility and when an early caution flag was shown on lap 4, the driver reported that his Axalta Chevrolet was free. The team remained on track under caution and restarted from the 10th position on lap 8. As the run continued, Byron continued to report free conditions.
At the conclusion of Stage One, Byron crossed the line in the 11th position. Dave Elenz, crew chief, made the call for Byron to visit pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. The Axalta Chevrolet restarted from the 14th position on lap 53 and quickly reported that his machine was extremely loose on entry. By lap 65, Byron was scored in the 12th position.
Byron ended Stage Two in the 11th position and under the stage-ending caution the team elected to hit pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. Restarting 12th on lap 98, Byron was able to get a good restart advancing him four positions within one lap. When the caution flag was shown on lap 105, Byron radioed to the team that his Axalta Chevrolet was too free overall and stepping out on entry. The team chose to remain on track and maintain their position.
The caution was shown for the seventh time of the day on lap 125, while Byron was running in the 13th position. The team elected to visit pit road under caution for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment to help the center turn of the car. Gaining one position on pit road, Byron restarted 12th and quickly reported that his Chevrolet was tight in the center of the turns. Under caution on lap 161, Byron brought his Axalta machine to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment to help free up the car.
The driver reported that his car fired off better following the previous adjustments and he was able to start working the top of the track. The Axalta Chevrolet maintained the 12th position for the majority of the final stage. On lap 195 the final caution flag of the day was shown and Byron reported that his car was going numb as clouds began to cover the track. At the conclusion of the 300-mile event, Byron and the No. 9 Axalta Chevrolet crossed the line in the 14th position.
Ryan Blaney captured the victory today and was followed by Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.
William Byron's Thoughts:
"It wasn't an ideal race today. We struggled a bit today with the track conditions changing. We have some stuff to look at and hopefully figure some things out before the next mile-and-a-half track we visit. Our team will work hard this week and we will move on to Dover."