KANSAS SPEEDWAY (1.5 MILE TRI-OVAL1.5-MILE TRI-OVAL)
LOCATION: KANSAS CITY, KANSAS
EVENT: NASCAR CUP SERIES (RACE 12 OF 36)
TUNE IN: 7:30 P.M. ET, SATURDAY, MAY 11 (FS1/MRN/SIRIUSXM)
HEADING TO KANSAS: With momentum on his side after a strong run at Dover International Speedway, William Byron is hoping that success carries over for Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway. With two previous NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, luck has not been on the No. 24 driver’s side. While running solidly within the top 10 at the end of the 2018 spring race, Byron was collected in a multiple-car incident with 14 laps to go, ending his night with a 33rd-place finish. In the fall, Byron felt like he had one of his best cars of the 2018 season, but an engine issue 55 laps in resulted in a 38th-place finish. However, in his first two NASCAR national series starts at Kansas Speedway – one Xfinity Series start and one Gander Outdoors Truck Series start – Byron started from the pole position in both races and finished inside the top five each time. In fact, in his debut at the 1.5-mile tri-oval in 2016, just his fifth Truck Series start, Byron started from the top spot, led 34 laps and collected his first Truck Series win, which kickstarted the most successful season by a rookie in the history of the Truck Series.
HELLO, UNIFIRST: Unloading at Kansas Speedway this weekend, Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will have UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) on board for the first time in 2019. This weekend’s race will be the first of three where fans can see the refreshed UniFirst Chevrolet paint scheme at the racetrack featuring the company’s signature green and white colors. In 2016, Unifirst and Hendrick Motorsports announced an eight-year partnership that runs through the 2023 NASCAR season. UniFirst is the official work-wear provider of Hendrick Motorsports, supplying work clothing and uniforms to the team and its sister company, Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.
'MONSTER MILE' MOMENTUM: Qualifying second for the third time in 2019, his fourth time starting on the front row, Byron showed speed throughout the entire weekend at Dover International Speedway. After rain postponed the Cup Series race until Monday afternoon, Byron went on to collect stage points, lead laps, and cross the finish line with a track-best finish of eighth at the “Monster Mile.”
DOVER VICTORY TOUR RECAP: Last weekend, Byron had the opportunity to hang out with 150 kids from the Dover area at the annual NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Fun Day Festival. The event showcased the importance of physical fitness and overall healthy living in youth.
William Byron on the asphalt at Kansas:
“It’s definitely aged. I think the tire Goodyear has brought has been really good for that track. It has been able to lay rubber and we’ve been able to run up the track pretty quickly. Even with cooler temperatures, I think the track has taken rubber pretty quickly. Not sure why that’s been the case, but it’s been a really fun race there the last couple years because of that. Kansas Speedway is one of my favorite tracks because if you feel like you’re struggling on the bottom you can immediately move to the top and be competitive. I’ve enjoyed this track really in all three series and am excited to get there this weekend.”