Rolling off 19th Sunday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, William Byron steadily began to climb the leaderboard and worked his way into the top 15 by Lap 20. The competition caution was displayed on Lap 25 as the Charlotte, North Carolina, native reported that the handling of his No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was a “little snug.” Crew chief Rudy Fugle called his driver down pit road under yellow for four tires, fuel, an air pressure adjustment and a trackbar adjustment. Bryon restarted from 11th on Lap 30, but just one lap later another caution was displayed. Fugle elected to keep the No. 24 out on track. On Lap 36, Byron lined up 12th to restart on the top line and charged through the field to break into the top 10 by Lap 46. Byron continued to advance his position and worked his way up to eighth by the time Stage One came to an end, earning valuable stage points. Fighting a tight race car, Byron came down pit road to the attention of the Axalta pit crew for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment during the stage break. Quick work by the No. 24 crew helped the team gain a position on pit road.
Lining up seventh for the start of Stage Two, Byron restarted in the low line before falling back to eighth just nine laps later. The 23-year-old driver was able to take back the seventh position on Lap 107 as he radioed to his team that his car was again feeling “tight.” Byron brought his Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to pit road under green on Lap 120 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. As a light rain began to fall in Georgia, Byron rejoined the field in 15th and quickly raced his way up to ninth in just four laps. The momentum only lasted a few more laps as Byron fell back to 12th, ending Stage Two in the same position. Fugle brought his driver to pit road under the stage break for four fresh tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment. A speedy stop helped the team gain two positions on pit road. After the field cycled through pit stops, the red flag was displayed for track repairs.
Kicking off the final segment from ninth, Byron took the green flag to restart in the low lane and was able to maintain his position for seven laps. Still fighting a tight No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Byron radioed to his team that his car was feeling “really tight” and fell back to 18th by Lap 209. Just two laps later, Fugle called his driver to pit road for a scheduled green-flag pit stop for four tires, fuel, an air pressure adjustment and a trackbar adjustment. Byron reentered the field in 16th and continued to fight a tight handling car for the remaining 35 laps, resulting in a 20th-place finish.
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021
TIME: 3 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: NBCSN, SIRIUSXM, PRN RADIO