ROAD-COURSE REGULAR: Rolling off 13th Sunday afternoon at the Charlotte road course, William Byron didn’t let the wet conditions slow him down, scoring a fourth-place finish in Stage 1 and a seventh-place finish in Stage 2 after leading 27 laps – tying Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott for the most laps led in the race. However, a pit road speeding penalty in the final stage forced Byron to restart at the tail end of the field. He was able to pilot his No. 24 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE back to the front and secure a sixth-place finish.
CONSISTENCY, CONSISTENCY: Last Sunday’s sixth-place finish marked Byron’s 12th top-10 result of the 2020 season. In fact, the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet has five top-10 finishes in the last eight races – tied for the second most with Elliott and just behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman with six.
RACING FOR REDEMPTION: With five NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Byron’s results don’t accurately depict the success he has had at the 1.5-mile track. During his rookie season, Byron was running seventh in the May event before a late-race incident ended his day early, followed by a mechanical issue early in the October race. In last year’s May race, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native was running in second before being called for a penalty on pit road. Since then, Byron has finished fifth (October 2019) and 10th (July 2020). In fact, Byron’s 27 laps led at Kansas Speedway in the Cup Series is tied for the third most at a track in his career. His two consecutive top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track is the second-longest streak on a track for Byron behind Pocono Raceway (three) and 4 him for the third-longest top-10 streak behind Erik Jones (five) and Kurt Busch (three).
KANSAS CAN-DO ATTITUDE: While his Cup results are a bit misleading, in Byron’s first two NASCAR national series starts at Kansas Speedway – one in the Xfinity Series and one in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – he started from the pole position in both races and finished no worse than fourth. In his debut at the 1.5-mile 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 series.
ONE MORE TIME FOR HENDRICKCARS.COM: For the final time in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will feature HendrickCars.com for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway. The blue and white scheme pays homage to Ricky Hendrick, son of car owner Rick Hendrick, who drove a similar scheme in both the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and in the Xfinity Series. Brian Vickers also piloted the scheme when he won the 2003 Xfinity Series championship. Hendrick Automotive Group has more than 100 dealership locations in 14 states and 27,000 cars to choose from, which can be browsed at HendrickCars.com. It also offers same-day service and maintenance from factory-certified technicians, which can be scheduled online.
Driver William Byron on the challenges of racing at Kansas:
“Kansas is one of the most dynamic tracks we go to in terms of how crucial lane choice and lane selection are. It’s a tough track to figure out. You want to be turning well but if you’re too loose it’s really hard to make good lap times because the track is so smooth. It’s tough to manage and figure out how much freer you need to be to make time but also how much rear grip you need so you can stay in the throttle. I think the Vegas races this year give us a good idea of how this weekend will go though. I think those two tracks really correlate well to each other. Vegas gives us a good idea of what we need to work on since we had a decent run there and, hopefully, we can apply some of those things.”