JR Motorsports Race Report
August 12, 2017
JR Motorsports Race Report
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Race 21 of 33: Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Track Specs: 2.258-mile road course / 75 laps
Weather: Sunny; 73 degrees
Race Winner: Sam Hornish Jr.
Byron’s Finish: 25th
William Byron ran inside the top 15 for the majority of the Mid-Ohio Challenge, but an accident on a lap-67 restart ended the team’s day early. Byron remains second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings, now 81 markers behind Elliott Sadler.
The Axalta/Ambassador Supply Chevrolet qualified 23rd for Saturday afternoon's event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. When the first caution flag of the day was shown on lap 3 for fluid on the racing surface, Byron radioed to the team that his car felt pretty good overall. The team elected to stay on track and restart from the 16th position on lap 8. During the next green-flag run, the driver remained quiet on the radio and took direction from his spotters.
On lap 17 the caution flag was shown and Byron reported that his Chevrolet was hitting the splitter into Turn 1. After a 13-minute red flag was lifted, the team called the Axalta machine to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. Before hitting pit road, Byron reported that his car's tachometer wasn't working. As the team tried to diagnose the issue, the green flag waved and Byron remained on course. When the stage-ending caution was shown just a few laps later, Byron was scored in the 21st position. The team relayed to the driver that he would need to judge his pit-road speed off the competitors that were in front of him coming down pit road for the remainder of the race.
While running 14th in Stage Two, the No. 16 of Ryan Reed spun in front of the Axalta Chevrolet and Byron was able to avoid the spin without damage. On lap 34, the driver reported that his car was getting harder to turn. At the conclusion of Stage Two, the team brought Byron to pit road for four tires, fuel and another air-pressure adjustment to free up the car. The Axalta Chevrolet restarted 10th for the final stage.
Byron was scored in the 10th position with 12 laps remaining in the 75-lap event, and a caution flag came out soon after for a stalled machine. The call from atop the box was to stay out on track and maintain the team’s position. When the field took the green flag on lap 67, there was a 10-car wreck with Byron involved. The No. 9 machine was unable to continue and the team was scored with a 25th-place finish.
Sam Hornish Jr. brought home the victory and was followed by Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft, James Davison and Andy Lally rounding out the top five.
William Byron Thoughts:
"Our day was going OK, I think we were running eighth. We got hit from behind into Turn 1 and it kind of ruined our day. Overall, I think we learned a lot and have some notes to take to Road America in two weeks. I am really looking forward to Bristol next week."
No. 9 Axalta/Ambassador Supply Chevrolet Camaro
Laps Completed (Led): 67 of 75 (0)
Points (Bonus): 12 (0)
Point Standings (from leader): 2nd (-81)