- During Saturday night’s practice and qualifying sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, William Byron qualified fifth in the No. 24 Patriotic Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
- Running within the top-five for the majority of stage one, the handling of Byron’s Chevy swung to the loose side in the closing laps of the stage on old tires. Making a save to not spin out on lap 95, Byron held on to finish stage one in the 11th position.
- Trying to regain track position, Byron raced his way back inside the top 10 before a pit stop issue partway through the stage mired him back in traffic. With a pit strategy call to set the No. 24 team up for the upcoming stage, Byron restarted 20th with fresh tires for the nine-lap dash to the stage two end. Unfortunately, an on-track incident at the front of the field left Byron with nowhere to go, ending his night early in 32nd.
- After the race at Charlotte, Byron is now in the seventh position in the driver point standings, only 69 points behind the leader.
RECAPPING THE RACE
Following practice and qualifying Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, William Byron qualified fifth in his No. 24 Patriotic Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 600-mile event on Sunday night. During the opening laps, Byron raced his way up to third but later dropped back to fourth by the time the first caution came out on lap 18. Liking the handling of his Chevy, Byron came down pit road for four tires and fuel, picking up two positions in the process. Electing to take the high lane on the restart, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native settled into second place before dropping back to third before the caution came back out on lap 32. Still pretty happy with his Liberty University Chevy, crew chief Rudy Fugle made the call for his driver to come down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. With a handful of cars electing not to pit, Byron restarted eighth with 61 laps remaining in stage one. Running within the top five when the caution came out on lap 61, Fugle made the call for the No.24 team to utilize their set of two-lap scuff tires as well as to fill up on fuel, putting Byron on the front row for the restart. Byron ran second for the majority of the next green-flag stint, until the car snapped loose with under 10 laps to go in the stage. With a major save on track, Byron lost momentum and unfortunately dropped to 11th when stage one came to an end. Under the stage break, Byron came down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
Lining up 12th for the start of stage two, Byron raced his way up to sixth before the yellow flag was displayed on lap 126. A bit free on the last run, Byron came down pit road for four tires, fuel and a minor air pressure adjustment, but an issue on the right side dropped him to 17th for the upcoming restart. Once back green, the 24-year-old driver picked up three positions before the caution came back out a few laps later. Fugle called the No. 24 Liberty University driver down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Once again restarting 17th, Byron maneuvered his way to just outside the top-10 in 12th when the caution came out again, this time on lap 165. With tires a factor and over 230 laps remaining, Fugle made the call for Byron to remain on track under the yellow, lining up 10th for the restart. Making up three more positions when the field went back green, Byron reported a slight vibration just as the yellow flag was displayed allowing him to come down pit road for four tires and fuel. Restarting 20th with nine laps to go in stage two, an on-track incident at the front of the field left Byron with nowhere to go, collecting him and ending his night early in the 32nd position.
QUOTING WILLIAM BYRON
“I thought we were in the catbird seat there. We were the first team on new tires. Had a good restart through (turn) one and got ahead of the No. 45 (Kurt Busch). We were going to cycle out really well there; and then they just started wrecking on the bottom and came up into us on the top.
“It sucks. It’s chaos out there. You can’t drive the car the slightest bit sideways or you’re wrecked. So, if somebody gets a little bit sideways, then we all wreck. It either takes out other people or they spin to the infield. Just chaos.”
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2022
TIME: 3:30 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: FS1, SIRIUSXM, MRN