- Utilizing qualifying races to set the lineup, William Byron finished fifth in his heat race, securing a 19th-place starting position for Sunday’s Easter race at Bristol.
- Fighting handling woes throughout the first half of the race, Byron crossed the finish line in 16th at the end of stage one and then 18th at the end of stage two.
- With the red flag being displayed after stage two for rain, when the field got back going, Byron was running within the top-15 but a string of cautions combined with low lane restarts prevented him from making up any track position before crossing the finish line in 18th.
- After the dirt event at Bristol Motor Speedway, Byron is now fourth in the driver point standings, 29 points behind the leader.
RECAPPING THE RACE
After sustaining minor damage in practice on Friday, the No. 24 team made repairs to William Byron’s Liberty University Chevy prior to him finishing fifth in his qualifying heat race. His fifth-place effort was good enough for the 19th starting position for Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway for the dirt event. Fighting a tight race car early on, Byron wrestled to maintain track position throughout the opening stage. With under 20 laps to go in stage one, Byron maneuvered his way up to 16th just as a light rain began to fall at the track. With the rain remaining light, Byron went on to maintain his position, finishing stage one in 16th. Under the stage break, crew chief Rudy Fugle called Byron down pit road for four tires, fuel and a round of chassis adjustments to the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
With three cars electing not to pit under the stage break, Byron started stage two in the 19th position. Unfortunately, the low lane wasn’t ideal on the restart, relinquishing Byron back to 20th. As a light rain continued to fall and heavier rain quickly approaching, intensity picked up throughout the field. With a string of cautions as the result, Byron was able to maintain his position until the yellow flag came out on lap 138. Lining up 19th, Byron made a move to go four-wide and began to push his way through the field. About to crack the top-10 running order, Byron had to make quick action to avoid a car on track in front of him, dropping him back to 18th as stage two came to an end. Electing to try make up track position with pit strategy, Fugle made the call for Byron to stay out under the stage break. However, after pit stops had concluded, the rain got increasingly heavier, putting the race in a red flag condition.
Once the weather had passed, and the field reset from the varying pit strategies, Byron lined up eighth for the start of the final stage with 100 laps to go. However, with another string of cautions and Byron getting stuck in the low lane for the following restarts, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native unfortunately was not able to maintain his track position, dropping back to 13th as the rain started to fall again, putting the field back under red flag conditions. After a brief delay, the field went back green with 24 laps to go. After another low lane restart, Byron was unable to make up lost track position with so few laps left, leaving him 18th when he crossed the finish line at the end of the 250-lap race.
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022
TIME: 3:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: FOX, SIRIUSXM, MRN