JR Motorsports Race Report
October 21, 2017
JR Motorsports Race Report
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Race 30 of 33: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval / 200 laps
Weather: Cloudy; 76 degrees
Race Winner: Christopher Bell
Byron's Finish: 4th
William Byron brought home his 10th top-five finish of the season on Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300 after finishing fourth. Byron was the highest-finishing NASCAR Xfinity Series regular and the Sunoco Rookie of the Race. The 19-year-old driver is now second in the NXS point standings, two points behind Justin Allgaier.
The No. 9 Vannoy Construction Chevrolet was set to start the 200-lap race from the sixth position, but due to an unapproved adjustment the team was sent to the tail end of the field at the start of the event. Byron knew he had some work to do early in the race and by lap 4 he was scored in the 24th position. On lap 8, Byron got loose and slid, barely hitting the wall. The driver radioed that his car was loose, but getting better on the long run. On lap 23, Byron reported that his Vannoy Construction Chevy was really loose, but worse when he moved up the racetrack. Byron was running 15th on lap 26 and asked the team if they could tighten him up that his car would be good.
At the conclusion of Stage One, Byron was scored in the 12th position. The team brought Byron to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. The team was able to gain two positions on pit road and restarted 10th. The caution was brought out on lap 78 for a spin in Turn 4 and Byron relayed that his machine was too edgy. The team elected to stay out on track under the caution and restart sixth on lap 82. The No. 9 Chevy would maintain the sixth position through the remainder of the stage.
Following Stage Two, the driver reported that his car needed to be more secure on the short run. Crew chief Dave Elenz called Byron to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. Shortly after taking the green flag for the final stage, Byron radioed that his car was really good on that run. While running in the sixth position on lap 123, he told the team that his car was a little tight in the dirty air. A late-race caution was shown on lap 139 and the team elected to pit for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment.
The Vannoy Construction Chevy restarted sixth on lap 145 and Byron was able to maintain that position until the final 10 laps. When Christopher Bell made the race winning move on Erik Jones, Byron was able to advance two positions to bring home a fourth-place finish.
Bell captured his first-career NXS win and was followed by Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Byron and Allgaier to round out the top five.
William Byron's Thoughts:
"It was hard working my way up to the front in Stage One. We started the first stage really loose, so we battled that for the majority of the first part. After about 25 laps or so we were a little better and we were able to run the top. We had a good pit stop and were able to restart 10th and then got up to sixth. Once we got in that position, it was all about running smooth laps and keeping that position. It worked out, we finished fourth which is really good. This finish gives our Vannoy Construction team some momentum going into Texas in a few weeks."
Laps Completed (Led): 200 of 200 (0)
Points (Bonus): 38 (0)
Point Standings (from leader): 2nd (-2)