William Byron

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Las Vegas Race Advance

Las Vegas Race Advance

October 13, 2022

WILLIAM BYRON
No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: (1.5-MILE OVAL)
LOCATION: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
EVENT: NASCAR CUP SERIES (33 of 36)
TUNE IN: 2:30 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 (NBC/SIRIUSXM)

2022 Season Career Track Career
  • 5th in points
  • 176 starts
  • 9 starts
  • 32 starts
  • 4 wins
  • 0 wins
  • 2 wins
  • 7 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 26 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 5 top-five finishes
  • 60 top-10 finishes
  • 4 top-10 finishes
  • 9 top-10 finishes
  • 1573 laps led
  • 27 laps led
  • 714 laps led
 

PUNCHED TICKET: Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL marked the final race in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff Round of 12. Following a 16th-place finish, William Byron clinched his spot in the Round of 8 for the first time in his Cup Series career. With points reset for the next round, he is now tied for fifth, three points below the cutline.

RAISING HIS GAME: So far across the six races of the 2022 playoffs, Byron has accumulated 222 points – the most of any driver in that same span. He has an average finish of 8.7 in the playoffs.

PIT ROAD PROWESS: In the 2022 playoffs, the No. 24 pit crew has an average four-tire pit stop time of 10.987 seconds, which is second-best in the field. The crew consists of Spencer Bishop (jackman), Jeff Cordero (front-tire changer), Orane Ossowski (rear-tire changer), Ryan Patton (tire carrier) and Landon Walker (fueler).

WEST COAST RUNS: In four races on the West Coast this season (Auto Club Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix Raceway and Sonoma Raceway), Byron has collected 125 points – the seventh-most by a driver in 2022. His best result in those four races came at Las Vegas, where he finished fifth in March.

1.5-MILE MOMENTUM: Byron is no stranger to success on mile-and-a-half tracks during his Cup Series career. Since the start of 2021 through the 2022 season so far, Byron has two wins, one runner-up finish, five top-fives, and 11 top-10s on 1.5-milers. In fact, four of those top-10 finishes on 1.5-mile venues came in 2022, which is tied for the fourth-most among drivers this season. Byron has collected 230 points on this style of track in 2022, tied for the second-most in the field. He has also led 237 laps led – third-most among drivers.

TURNING THE LUCK AROUND: When the No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 unloads for Sunday’s race at Las Vegas, it will mark Byron’s 10th Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile track. Out of those nine previous appearances, he has a best finish of fifth (March 2022). In fact, in the last three races at the Nevada-based venue, Byron has one top-five finish and two top-10s with 40 laps led and an average finish of 10.33.

VIVA LAS RUDY: Returning to Las Vegas for the fourth time with the Cup Series, crew chief Rudy Fugle is confident heading to a venue where he has previously had success. In his three Cup Series showings, Fugle has one top-five finish and two top-10s with his best finish with the No. 24 coming earlier this year (fifth). Aside from those three starts, the Livonia, New York, native has called the shots for 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and one NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Las Vegas. He has collected one win (March 2019 with Kyle Busch), four top-five finishes, six top-10s, three pole position and 238 laps led. With Byron in the Truck Series in 2016, the duo qualified 10th and raced to a fifth-place result at the 1.5-mile venue.

RAPTOR® TOUGH: Heading to Las Vegas this weekend, Byron will be back behind the wheel of the No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the final time in the 2022 season. RAPTOR® is a durable protective coating and bed liner that is designed to tolerate the toughest climatic conditions and can be applied to a wide range of substrates from steel, wood, concrete and plaster to plastics and composites. Resistant to common fuels, U.V., scratches and stains, RAPTOR® is available at local paint distributors, auto parts stores and can also be purchased from online retailers like Amazon.


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William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his journey to make the Round of 8: "Everyone has their own path. My path was really accelerated in each series. When I got to Cup, it was a tremendous learning curve. I think once you get to the Cup Series, it’s just a steep learning curve that nothing can prepare you for. Especially now, the car has made the series ultra-competitive. This level is the best of the best and it’s going to take everything you have to make it to the Championship 4. Making the Round of 8 was our goal at the start of the season, and anything short of that would have seemed like failure. We’re now focused on what we need to do to fight for a championship in Phoenix. It’s one race at a time."

Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his thoughts for this weekend at Las Vegas: "This is another track that we’ve already raced at this year with the Next Gen car but so much has changed that there’s not much we can use from that race to prepare for this weekend. It will not only be hotter this time, but we’re also running a different tire than we did in the spring. It’s the same tire we ran at Texas (Motor Speedway) and Kansas (Speedway). It’s a bit softer, which means it will wear out more than before especially on a slick track. We’ve learned a lot about the car since the spring, especially at the most recent mile-and-a-half mile tracks which gives us some confidence for this weekend."