William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series, will be available in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway media center at 4:00 p.m. local time on Friday, July 15.
2022 SEASON STATS: So far in the 2022 season, William Byron has scored two wins, four top-five finishes, five top-10s, with 611 laps led – the second-most by a NASCAR Cup Series driver this season - across 12 of the 19 races. He also has three stage wins and 13 playoff points accumulated - tied for the second-most by any driver so far this season. Byron is currently 10th in the driver point standings, locked into the Cup Series playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.
SIMILAR IN SIZE: This Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will mark Byron’s 33rd start on tracks 1-mile to 1.366-miles in length (Dover Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, Phoenix Raceway and WWT Raceway). In his previous 32 starts, the 24-year-old driver has collected one pole award, five top-five finishes, 10 top-10s with 82 laps led.
LOVIN’ LOUDON: While he has always run well in New Hampshire, Byron got off to an unbeatable start at "The Magic Mile” early on. In his first start at the 1.058-mile oval in 2015 in the ARCA Menards Series East, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native qualified on the pole and led 68 of 70 laps before taking home the checkered flag. He followed it up the next year by dominating the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race where he started from the pole, led 161 of 175 laps en route to his sixth of seven victories in 2016. Moving up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017, Byron earned a top-five finish after starting seventh and finishing third. Since 2017, Byron has four Cup Series starts at the track, with three top-15 finishes and a best result of 11th coming in 2020.
RUDY PUTS THE MAGIC IN 'MAGIC MILE': Byron isn’t the only one who enjoys racing at New Hampshire, his crew chief does as well. Last year was Rudy Fugle’s one and only Cup Series start at "The Magic Mile” where the No. 24 team finished 21st after the race ended early due to darkness. Otherwise, the Livonia, New York, native has four starts at the 1.058-mile oval. In three Truck Series starts, he has one pole award and two wins, including a victory with Byron in 2016. In fact, Fugle’s drivers have an average starting position of 2.33 and an average finishing position of third at NHMS in the Truck Series.
SIX IN A ROW: On Tuesday, Byron not only made his debut at Slinger Speedway in the No. 24 Super Late Model for Wilson Motorsports, but he raced his way to the win against a stacked field in the prestigious Slinger Nationals. This was the sixth straight win for the Charlotte, North Carolina, native in the Super Late Model out of the seven races he has entered in 2022. His wins this year include two wins at New Smyrna Speedway, one at Hickory Motor Speedway, one at the Nashville Fairgrounds, one at Berlin Raceway and now Slinger Speedway as well.
DOUBLE UP: Byron is pulling double duty this weekend. In addition to Sunday’s Cup Series race, he’ll drive the No. 88 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon. The 24-year-old driver earned his Xfinity Series championship with JR Motorsports in 2017 and garnered four wins with the team. Byron’s primary partner in the Cup Series, Axalta, will also serve as an associate partner on his Xfinity Series car.
HEADING HOME: Traveling to New England for this Sunday’s Cup Series race, two crew members of the No. 24 team call New Hampshire their home track. A part of the No. 24 team since 2019, car chief Tyler Jones hails from South Royalton, Vermont, less than 100 miles northwest of the track. While newcomer and front tire changer, Jeff Cordero, calls Salem, Connecticut home, which is less than 200 miles south of the Loudon, New Hampshire, venue.
LIBERTY U IS BACK: For Sunday’s race, Byron will climb behind the wheel of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Featuring 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 strategic communication, Byron is now in his junior year at Liberty University through its online program.
William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his short track racing preparation for Sunday: "This weekend will be tough I feel like. I think New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) is a fairly difficult track to get around but also to get around consistently lap after lap. When I first started racing, I did really well there and it was one of my best tracks, but for some reason I haven’t gotten the same results in Cup. This year, I wanted to really focus on getting better at the short tracks and New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) was one specifically that I wanted to work on. Between running Slinger (Speedway) on Monday and Tuesday and then being in the Xfinity car on Friday and Saturday this week, I’ll have done quite a bit of preparation for Sunday’s short-track race. The extra laps in general, but especially in the Xfinity Series race, I think will really get me in a good rhythm for the Cup Series race."
Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on what he expects this weekend at New Hampshire: "New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) is a track I look forward to going to every year. It’s a place that has just seemed to click for me from the beginning. Last year’s Cup Series race didn’t go as we planned, but I think we have a better idea of what to expect this time. It’s going to be a strategy-focused race in my opinion. The track is hard to pass on, so gaining and maintaining track position is going to be important. I also don’t think that you can make it a full fuel run on a set of tires, just with the tire wear we have seen so far this year. It will be a balance of pushing as long as you can in a run on a set of tires to maximize your fuel mileage but also to not give up any track position in the process. Unlike last year, they are putting PJ1 down on the track surface, so hopefully that makes it a little more race-y than it was last year."