ISM RACEWAY (ONE-MILE OVAL)
LOCATION: AVONDALE, ARIZONA
EVENT: NASCAR CUP SERIES (RACE 35 OF 36)
TUNE IN: 2:30 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, NOV. 10 (NBC/MRN/SIRIUSXM)
NICE NEW LOOK HERTZ: Returning for the fourth and final time in the 2019 season, Hertz will be on board William Byron's No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for this weekend’s race at ISM Raceway. However, the driver's Hertz Chevy will have a different look to it from previous races this season. In conjunction with the announcement that the Hertz Corporation had extended its partnership with Byron and the No. 24 team through 2021, the driver also helped unveil a new 2020 paint scheme. Keeping the can’t-miss Hertz yellow, the No. 24 Chevy will sport black racing stripes down the middle to replicate an inverse look of the recently debuted Hertz-Hendrick Motorsports Camaros. To celebrate the line of custom Camaros hitting rental markets, including Phoenix, Byron will debut the new Hertz paint scheme for this weekend’s race. For a closer look at the new Hertz paint scheme, click here.
BRINGING THE HEAT TO THE DESERT: With six NASCAR starts at ISM Raceway across all three national series, Byron is geared up for his fourth NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at the Avondale, Arizona, venue. In his three previous Cup starts at the one-mile oval, the sophomore driver has a track-best qualifying effort of seventh that came in the spring of this year, and a track-best finish of ninth in last year’s fall race. Aside from his three Cup starts at ISM Raceway, Byron has one NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start and two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. In November 2017, Byron became the youngest winner ever at ISM Raceway in the Xfinity Series at 19 years, 11 months and 13 days.
KNAUS’ PHOENIX PROWESS: For the 34th time as a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief, Chad Knaus will sit atop the pit box at ISM Raceway this Sunday. With four wins at the one-mile oval, all coming with the Jimmie Johnson, Knaus ranks second among active Cup crew chiefs, just one victory behind the top spot. He also has three pole awards at ISM Raceway to his name with the No. 48 team.
HOMETOWN HYPE: Heading back to ISM Raceway for the second time in 2019, one member of the No. 24 Hertz team is excited to make the trip back home. Michael “Too Tall” Madill, the rear suspension mechanic for the No. 24 team, hails from Glendale, Arizona, approximately 30 minutes from the track. At the age of 16, he made the move to North Carolina to begin his career in NASCAR. Now 31 years old, Madill is in the midst of his 11th season in the sport and his second with the No. 24 team.
CHEVY STAGE: Byron will make an appearance at the Team Chevy stage in the ISM Raceway fan zone Sunday, Nov. 10, at 9:30 a.m. local time for a question-and-answer session.
HERTZ ULTIMATE RIDE SWEEPSTAKES: In conjunction with Hendrick Motorsports, Hertz is introducing a new “pace car” to its fleet with a limited-edition custom 2020 Camaro ZL1 and 2020 Camaro SS. Available to be reserved beginning mid-October 2019, customers have the opportunity to rent the custom Camaros fashioned in the signature Hertz yellow and black color scheme with custom wheels, interior badging and full performance upgrades outfitted by HMS. In conjunction with the program rollout, customers can celebrate the debut of the limited-edition Camaros by participating in The Hertz Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes – beginning Sept. 18, through Nov. 15, 2019 – for a chance to win a 2020 Hertz-Hendrick Motorsports Camaro SS. Five finalists will also win an exclusive driving experience in Charlotte. Click here to enter.
William Byron on flipping the start/finish lines at ISM Raceway:
“Last year in the fall we had that configuration and it was really weird. I think it made for a lot of action for the playoffs, though. For the restarts there you can fan out so much now that it’s kind of like Pocono Raceway. I think restarts are going to be a premium time to pick up positions and make the biggest moves. After that it will be difficult to make much ground up, I think. Late-race restarts especially are going to be hairy there. I’m interested to see how it is though after having a couple races under my belt with the reconfiguration. I think it’s going to be a wild race but especially being during the playoffs and a cut-off race for some of the other guys.”