With practice and qualifying on Saturday, William Byron secured a 13th-place starting position for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway in the No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. When the field went green, Byron ran within the top-15 before dropping back to 16th by the time the caution came out on lap 34. Fighting a tight racecar, crew chief Rudy Fugle made the call for four tires, fuel, and both an air pressure and chassis adjustment. Picking up positions on pit road, Byron restarted ninth and continued to run within the top-10 before the caution was displayed once again, this time on lap 61. Still fighting a tight Chevy, Byron came back down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Picking up three positions on pit road, Byron restarted seventh but was able to make his way up to fifth by the end of stage ones, scoring crucial stage points. Still needing a little help with handling, Byron came down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
Restarting fourth for the start of stage two, Byron made a power move to take over the lead on lap 88. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native continued to pace the field until he radioed to the team on lap 113 that he had a flat left rear tire. With the race remaining under green, Byron brought his No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevy down pit road for four tires and fuel before returning to the track in the 30th position, two laps down. Able to get one of his laps back on track, the caution came out on lap 125 in the middle of a green-flag pit sequence. The caution allowed Byron to take the wave around and get back on the lead lap. Restarting 23rd with nine-lap older tires than most, Byron was able to run the remaining 29 laps of stage two, crossing the line in 22nd, still on the lead lap. With the handling of his No. 24 swinging to the free side, Byron came down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, but damage from the earlier flat tire resulted in a bit lengthier pit stop.
Lining up 18th for the final stage, Byron raced his way up to 16th before his car began building a tight sensation as the run went on. When the caution came out on lap 196, the 24-year-old driver came down pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. Restarting 16th, Byron once again made a power move to project himself into the top-10 again with just over 50 laps to go. However, with the caution coming out on lap 229, Byron came down pit road for what would be his final pit stop for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment. Taking the green from ninth, Byron lost momentum on the restart and tried to regain it but the handling of his No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevy was “plowing tight” as the run went on longer and longer. Dropping back to as far back as 16th, Byron maintained that position for the final laps, crossing the finish line just shy of a top-15 finish in 16th.
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022
TIME: 8:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: FS1, SIRIUSXM, MRN