After racing to a runner-up result in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday afternoon, William Byron climbed behind the wheel of his No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for practice and qualifying for Sunday’s All-Star Race. Making it to the second round of the specialty qualifying procedure, Byron earned a third place starting spot for the exhibition race at Texas Motor Speedway.
When the green flag flew for the first 25-lap stage, Byron radioed that he was a little free, running in the fourth position. The 24-year-old maintained his fourth-place running effort until the end of the stage. Under the yellow, Byron came down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
With varying pit strategy playing out after the opening stage, Byron restarted in the 11th position but quickly made his way back to third. When the caution came out on lap 37, crew chief Rudy Fugle made the call for his driver to remain on the track, restarting from third-place. However, on the restart, Byron thought he may have a flat tire and dropped back to seventh. Working to regain his lost track position, Byron avoided an on-track incident and was scored fourth as the race was briefly put under the red flag. Once the red flag period was over and with one attempt at overtime, Byron crossed the finish line in the third position. Fighting a still loose No. 24 Liberty University Chevy, Byron came down pit road for the mandatory four tire pit stop with fuel and no adjustments.
Winning the race off pit road, Byron controlled the start of stage three and went to work leading two laps before the No. 12 was able to get around him. With the handling of his No. 24 Liberty University Chevy swinging to the tight side, Byron lost track position early on in the run, but was able to hold on to finish seventh. Needing “more security” on his exits of the corners, Byron came down pit road under caution for four tires, fuel, a chassis adjustment and raced his way to a sixth-place finish to close out stage three.
Setting up for the final 50 laps of the All-Star Race, Byron lined up fifth but unfortunately wasn’t able to maintain his track position. Still fighting tight conditions with his Liberty University Chevy thought to be caused my damage sustained avoiding the stage two incident, Byron slipped back to seventh by the time the mandatory caution came out in the last stage on lap 106. Needing a more aggressive change made, Byron came down pit road for two right side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Going back green, Byron lost a couple more positions before settling into 11th. As the laps wound down, the caution came out on the final lap, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Trying to once again make up track position, Byron was in a three-wide race for the final two laps before taking home an 11th-place result in Sunday’s event.
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022
TIME: 6:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: FOX, SIRIUSXM, PRN