William Byron


Race Report | Duel at Daytona

Race Report | Duel at Daytona

February 11, 2021


Date: Feb. 12, 2020
Duel #2: Daytona International Speedway
Track Specs: 2.5-mile oval / 60 laps / 150 miles
Start: 1st
Finish: 19th

After rain delayed the start of the second Duel qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway, Byron rolled off from the first position when the field was able to go back racing. Dominating the majority of the race, Byron lost a couple positions late in the going as intensity picked up. However with three laps to go, Byron was involved in an on-track incident, relinquishing him to a 19th-place finish. 

When the second qualifying race at Daytona finally began after a weather delay, Byron led the field to the green flag. Holding down the top position through the opening laps, the 23-year-old driver fought a loose No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE as the green-flag run continued. Continuing to swap back and forth for the lead, just pass the halfway point on lap 37, the caution flag came out, slowing the pace of the field just before green flag pit stops were to begin. Crew chief Rudy Fugle made the call under yellow to being his driver down pit road for two right side tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to aid in his free-handling Chevy. Restarting in the third position with 20 laps remaining, Byron quickly jumped back out into the top position once again. Battling to maintain the top spot, Byron’s domination continued, leading the field for the majority of the 60-lap event before ultimately being caught up in an on-track incident on lap 59. Unfortunately, tonight’s on-track incident will result in the No. 24 team having to utilize a backup car for Sunday’s DAYTONA 500.

“That was a bummer. Our Axalta Chevy was fast. Tonight’s goal for us was to learn and make progress as a team. I feel like we definitely did that. Unfortunately, we got caught up in someone else’s mess but that’s part of superspeedway racing. Our Chevy was fast tonight but I know our backup is just as fast and the No. 24 team will be ready to go on Sunday.”