William Byron


Race Report | Charlotte ROVAL

Race Report | Charlotte ROVAL

October 12, 2020


Date: October 11, 2020
Race #32: Charlotte road course
Track Specs: 2.28-mile roval / 109 laps / 248.52 miles 
Start: 13th
Finish: 6th
Driver Point Standings (behind the leader): 12th (-1912)

Starting 13th for Sunday afternoon’s race at the Charlotte road course, William Byron quickly began his march to the front, ultimately leading twice for race-high 27 laps. Unfortunately a speeding penalty in the final stage forced the driver of the No. 24 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to maneuver his way back through the field, ultimately scoring a sixth-place finish when the checkered flag fell. 

Lining up 13th to take the green flag, Byron gained two positions early on, reaching 11th by the time of the competition caution on lap 10. Under the yellow, crew chief Chad Knaus called the No. 24 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE down pit road for four tires, fuel and minor damage repair to the right rear fender. With varying strategy playing out, Byron restarted 22nd but powered his way up to the seventh position. With the majority of the track now dry, Knaus made the call for Charlotte, North Carolina, native to come down pit road under green on lap 18 for four slick tires and fuel. Once green-flag pit stops cycled through, Byron found himself fourth with the green-checkered flag flew on Stage One. 

After pitting so close to the stage end, Byron remained on track during the stage break, starting third for the start of Stage Two. The 22-year-old driver wasted no time though taking over the lead on lap 30 and maintained the top spot until the No. 12 got by him on lap 40. However, with the caution coming out on lap 46, Byron came to the attention of his No. 24 team on pit road for four tires and fuel. With a two-lap dash to the end of the stage, Byron restarted in the 13th positioned, but battled his way to seventh by the end of Stage Two. 

Once again staying out on track during the stage break, Byron restarted second in the No. 24 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE but took the lead back going into Turn 1. He once again paced the field, until the caution flag was displayed on lap 50. Coming down pit road for four tires and fuel under the yellow, Byron was ultimately caught speeding and forced to restart from the tail end of the field. Restarting 33rd, Byron methodically began his march back to the front, reaching 15th by the time the yellow was display on lap 86. Pitting for four tires and fuel, Byron restarted 17th with 20 laps to go and continued working his way through traffic, reaching 10th-place by the time the caution came out on lap 98. Staying out to maintain track position, Byron restarted ninth with 10 laps to go and ultimately picked up four more positions by the time he crossed the finish line, scoring a sixth-place result in Sunday’s race at the Charlotte road course. 
Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott captured the checkered flag Sunday afternoon. Byron crossed the stripe in sixth with Alex Bowman close behind in eighth. Jimmie Johnson scored a top-15 finish, coming home in 13th-place. 

“Yeah today was a tough one. I’m really frustrated with the speeding penalty. I felt like I was to the good and I obviously wasn’t so I’ll have to go back and look at it. Overall today was a good day though. We led a lot of laps and felt like our car was capable of running up front with the No.9. I would have liked to see what we could have done there at the end and battled with him. Either way it was a good day for us and we’ll go on to Kansas and try get a win.”