William Byron

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Nashville Race Advance

Nashville Race Advance

June 17, 2021

WILLIAM BYRON
No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE


NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY (1.33-MILE OVAL)
LOCATION: LEBANON, TENNESSEE
EVENT: NASCAR CUP SERIES (17 of 36)
TUNE IN: 3:30 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, JUNE 20 (NBCSN/MRN/SIRIUSXM)

2021 Season Career Track Career
  • 4th in points
  • 124 starts
  • 0 starts
  • 16 starts
  • 2 wins
  • 0 wins
  • 1 win
  • 5 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 15 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 6 top-five finishes
  • 43 top-10 finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
  • 12 top-10 finishes
  • 629 laps led
  • 0 laps led
  • 195 laps led

CHASIN’ THAT NEON RAINBOW: With the most recent points-paying race two weeks ago and a solid run in Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race, William Byron and the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE continue to be a model of consistency. After 16 races in 2021, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native has collected one win, six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s, all while leading 195 laps. Byron has spent the second-most laps in the series running inside the top 10 (3,459) and of those laps, 1,845 were in the top five, which is fourth-best. With the second-best average running position throughout the NASCAR Cup Series of 8.13 and an average finishing position of 10.63, Byron currently is fourth in the driver standings.

EVERY MILE A MEMORY: While Nashville Superspeedway may be a new facility for Byron and most of the Cup Series field, he does have prior experience on venues similar in size. Making 23 starts on tracks 1 mile to 1.37 miles long (Dover, Darlington, New Hampshire and Phoenix), the 23-year-old driver has collected four top-five finishes and nine top-10s.

I GO BACK: While many in the Cup Series will be experiencing Nashville Superspeedway for the first time, crew chief Rudy Fugle is one of a few who has prior experience at the 1.33-mile oval. The Livonia, New York, native has three prior starts at Nashville, including two in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, both coming in 2010 when he recorded one top-10 finish and two top-15s, and a 16th-place result in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011.

TRUCK YEAH: In addition to his full-time driving duties in the Cup Series behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Byron also will compete in Friday’s truck race at Nashville Superspeedway in the No. 27 Cruisin’ Sports/Rackley Roofing Chevrolet Silverado for Rackley W.A.R. Racing.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SUNDAY: Byron will climb behind the wheel of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet this weekend at Nashville. Redesigned for the 2021 season, the new paint scheme features a white base with navy flames and red accents, the Liberty University No. 24 will be sure to stand out on track. Liberty University has a long history with Byron starting back in 2014 in the late model ranks. Liberty University has been Training Champions for Christ since it was founded in 1971. Located in the mountains of Central Virginia, Liberty is a liberal arts institution with 17 colleges and schools that offers more than 600 degree programs from the certificate to the doctoral level, on campus and online. Working on an undergraduate degree in communications, Byron is in his junior year at Liberty University through its online program. For a better look at Byron’s new Liberty University paint scheme, click here.


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William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on the challenges of racing at a new track: “You’re not going to have a good feel in general going into this weekend, I think. Nashville (Superspeedway) is going to be one of those places that you just need to adapt and learn as you go. It looks like a superspeedway but it’s more of a short track with how tight the corners are. It’s going to be tough, especially with the heat. I think that this race is going to be one of the toughest places we will go this season just because we don’t have any notes on it. No one has any notes from any series, really. Things have changed so much since the last race there. I’m going to rely heavily on the truck race and watching the Xfinity race. I’ll use that info to hopefully learn and be able to adapt faster in our race. It’s going to be challenge but it’s good to have a new environment and the excitement around it.”

Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on his experience at Nashville Superspeedway: “Nashville is a tricky place. It races like a short track and has short track features, but it also has the characteristics of a mile-and-a-half track. That’s going to be your biggest issue; finding a setup that balances that line perfectly. You want it to handle similar to how it would at a concrete short track like Dover but also handle well, aero-wise, like a mile-and-a-half. While we have limited notes across the board, we do know that it will also be a very temperature-sensitive track, as well. There’s going to be a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I think with William running the truck race and us having a practice session on the Cup side, we’ll be as prepared as we can be. I’m excited to get back to Nashville and see what we can do as a team.”