JR Motorsports Race Report
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Race 11 of 33: OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway
Track Specs: 1-mile concrete oval / 200 laps
Weather: Sunny; 75 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Byron’s Finish: 6th
William Byron and the No. 9 Liberty University team brought home the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus at Dover International Speedway Saturday afternoon, after crossing the finish line sixth. The team qualified for the Dash 4 Cash after finishing Stage One in the fourth position. Byron remains third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings, 57 points behind the leader.
The Liberty University Chevrolet qualified eighth at the one-mile track on Saturday morning. When the first caution of the day was shown on lap 7, Byron radioed to the team that his Chevrolet was a little free into the corner. The team remained on track under caution and restarted seventh. The 19-year-old remained in the seventh position for the majority of the next 30 laps. The yellow flag waved once again on lap 43 and Byron reported that his machine was cycling a bit tight. Electing to maintain their position on track, the call was for the No. 9 car to stay on track to receive stage points.
When the stage-ending caution was shown, Byron was scored in the fourth position and qualified himself for the Dash 4 Cash. The Charlotte native relayed to the team that his car was getting tight and the team called him to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small air-pressure adjustment. Byron was set to restart in the fourth position when the field took the green flag on lap 68.
On lap 77 the caution flag was shown on track while Byron was running in the fifth position. Byron radioed to his team that his Chevrolet was still a bit tight, but not bad. The team chose to stay out on track and Byron restarted from the fifth position on lap 81. At the conclusion of Stage Two, Byron was scored in the sixth position. The driver reported that his car was cycling tight, so Byron was called to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small track-bar adjustment.
A number of cars elected to not pit under the stage-ending caution, so Byron was set to restart from the 17th position on lap 128. Battling within a lot of traffic, Byron continued to pick off opponents and by lap 144 he was scored in the ninth position. Knocking off three more positions, Byron crossed the line sixth and scored his first Dash 4 Cash victory. This was the third Dash 4 Cash win for JR Motorsports this season, with teammate Justin Allgaier claiming the prize in Phoenix and Richmond.
Kyle Larson brought home the win and was followed by Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Cole Custer and Ryan Reed rounding out the top five.
William Byron's Thoughts:
"I don't know what I am going to do with the money, but I do know that this is great for JR Motorsports. Hopefully we can continue to build on this. I wish we could have gotten the win, but winning the Dash 4 Cash and getting $100,000 is pretty awesome. We had a great top-six effort and hopefully we can build on this and come back stronger next week."
Laps Completed (Led): 200 of 200 (0)
Points (Bonus): 43 (0)
Point Standings (from leader): 3rd (-57)