20 IN 2022: 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 20 races. He has three stage wins and 13 playoff points accumulated - tied for the second-most by any driver so far this season. The 24-year-old is currently 10th in the driver point standings, locked into the Cup Series playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.
PREVIEWING POCONO: In his eight Cup Series starts at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania, track, Byron has one pole award (June 2019), as well as two top-five finishes and five top-10s, leading 70 laps across four races. With a track-best finish of third during the first race of the June doubleheader last year, Byron holds a 9.13 finishing average – best all-time among drivers with more than one start at Pocono Raceway. His average finish at the “Tricky Triangle” is also a personal best out of all tracks he's competed at in the Cup Series. In fact, his five top-10 finishes are tied with two other tracks where he holds the most top-10 finishes in his Cup Series career (Kansas Speedway and Martinsville Speedway).
PAST POCONO WINNER: Byron isn’t a stranger to victory lane at "The Tricky Triangle” though. After starting from the top spot in 2016, Byron dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, leading 44 out of 60 laps before capturing the checkered flag.
DO THE TRICK: Last year, crew chief Rudy Fugle made his first two Cup Series starts at Pocono, scoring a third-place finish in the first race of the doubleheader and then almost collecting the win in the second race before pitting for fuel in the closing laps, resulting in a 12th-place finish. The Livonia, New York, native is no stranger to success at the 2.5-mile track though. With seven Truck Series starts at the Pennsylvania-based track, Fugle has visited victory lane there twice, going back-to-back with Byron in 2016 and Christopher Bell in 2017. In his seven previous Truck Series starts, Fugle’s drivers have also racked up one pole award, four top-five finishes, five top-10s with 71 laps led.
TWO-FOUR: The No. 24 has scored the win at Pocono six times – tied for the fourth-most wins by a car number at "The Tricky Triangle," all coming with Jeff Gordon. If Byron were to end up in victory lane on Sunday, the No. 24 would be tied for the second-most wins at Pocono with the Nos. 18 and 88. A win would also bring the No. 24 closer to the total win mark set by a car number in the Cup Series – currently fifth with 97 wins behind the No. 3 with 100 and the No. 2 with 101 wins.
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William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on what he expects this weekend at Pocono: "I’m excited to get to Pocono (Raceway) this weekend. It’s a track that both myself and Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) have had success at in every level of our careers. We were close to getting the win there twice last year and we won there together in Trucks. I think there’s a little bit more of an unknown for Sunday’s race this time though. Even though Pocono has three different corners, they are all primarily flat and flat tracks have been an area we have struggled at this year with the Next Gen car. I think last weekend at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) we showed some improvement on those style of tracks, but ride quality was still off throughout a run. It has been hard to get the balance right for all three corners (at Pocono), and I feel like that may be an issue still this weekend. I still think my biggest focus, though, will be my drive off of turn three because it really carries you down the straightaway and sets you up with good momentum through turn one and on to turn two."
Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on the challenges they will face racing at Pocono: "Pocono (Raceway) is tough no matter what series you’re racing in. It has three different, distinct corners that are all flat, which has been really hard to navigate with the new car. The flatter the corners, the harder it is for the car to handle well with grip levels and bump contact. The whole track can be rough, but especially turn two. You’re going to see a lot of cars bouncing around and it’s going to be treacherous. We’re really working on getting those things ironed out better for our flat track program. Pocono, though, is a track that both myself and William (Byron) enjoy going to. If we get those things ironed out, I think we will definitely be competing for a win on Sunday, just like we were in last year’s race there."