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JR Motorsports Race Report

JR Motorsports Race Report

July 22, 2017

JR Motorsports Race Report

Saturday, July 22, 2017

 

Race 18 of 33: Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Track Specs: 2.5-mile oval / 100 laps

Weather: Cloudy; 85 degrees

Race Winner: William Byron

 

William Byron captured his third NASCAR Xfinity Series victory on Saturday afternoon by winning the Lilly Diabetes 250, which makes the 19-year-old the youngest NXS winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The triumph is JR Motorsports’ first win at the famed Brickyard and 35th NXS victory as an organization. Byron now owns three NXS victories this season, the most among series regulars.

 

Byron’s Liberty University Chevrolet rolled off the grid third for the 250-mile event. Byron quickly advanced to the second position after taking the green flag. The Liberty University Chevrolet became a little free in Turns 1 and 2 on lap five, but Byron continued to hold on to the second position. When the competition caution was shown, Byron reported that his car was free at the start, but told the team he didn’t have any major handling issues. Crew chief Dave Elenz called Byron to pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment under caution and the team restarted fourth.

 

Following the adjustments, Byron made a charge to the front and took over the lead on lap 23. With the No. 18 of Kyle Busch close behind, Byron kept his eye out front and claimed the Stage One win. Under the stage-ending caution, Elenz called the Liberty University machine to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. Shortly after taking the green flag to begin Stage Two, the caution was shown for an incident in Turn 4. The team elected to stay out on track and radioed to the driver to save fuel under caution.

 

Byron was scored in the ninth position when the field went back to green flag racing on lap 45. Less than 10 laps later, the Charlotte native had worked his way into the third position. While running in second on lap 57, Elenz called Byron to pit road for four tires and fuel. Byron ended Stage Two outside the top-10, but the team was able to stay out on track under the yellow and by lap 64 was scored in the fourth position. One lap later, Byron was battling three-wide with Joey Logano and Erik Jones for second.

 

While under green-flag conditions on lap 78, Byron radioed to the team that he believed his Chevrolet had a vibration. The team assured the driver that they would be ready on pit road, but the driver continued to maintain his position on track. Byron took over the lead for the third time on lap 85. Throughout the final 15 laps, Byron battled the vibration and held off Paul Menard to earn his third victory this season.

 

Byron led the field to the checkered flag and was followed by Menard, Logano, Elliott Sadler and Cole Custer in the top five.

 

William Byron, driver No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet team

“I just have to thank God. It is really amazing to be here, especially with these people around me. I can’t believe we won at Indianapolis (Motor Speedway). It takes a lot to win races, especially here. Before this weekend, I hadn’t ever been to a Brickyard 400 or Indy 500, so to come here and win is huge. My Liberty University team did an awesome job all week to bring me a great Chevrolet for this weekend and I am so glad that we got Liberty University in victory lane. We kissed the bricks!”

 

 

No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro

William Byron

Start

3rd

Finish

1st

Laps Completed (Led)

100 of 100 (26)

Points (Bonus)

50 (6)

Point Standings (from leader)

2nd (-40)

Status

Running