William Byron

NEWS

Race Report | Nashville

Race Report | Nashville

June 21, 2021

WILLIAM BYRON
NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
RACE REPORT
 
DATE: JUNE 20, 2021
TRACK: NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY
SPECS: 1.33-MILE OVAL
START: 4th
FINISH: 3rd
RANK: 3rd (-81 POINTS)
 

SPEED READ

  • William Byron qualified fourth for Sunday’s race but started from the rear of the field due to an unapproved adjustment during qualifying.
  • Forced to rally from behind, Byron fought his way to the front of the field to collect stage points in the second stage.  
  • The 23-year-old driver crossed the finish line in the third position at Nashville Superspeedway for his seventh top-five finish of the season. 
  • Byron moved back to third in the driver points standings, 81 points behind the leader. 


RECAPPING THE RACE

Qualifying in the fourth position for Sunday’s race at Nashville Superspeedway, William Byron was forced to start at the rear of the field due to an unapproved adjustment. However, Byron and the No. 24 Liberty University team never gave up and fought their way to a third-place finish at Nashville – his seventh top-five finish of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.
 
Despite qualifying in the fourth position, Byron was forced to drop to the tail end of the field before the green-flag waved due to a pre-race penalty for unapproved adjustments. Byron quickly went to work once the race was underway, racing to the 22nd position by Lap 35. Fighting a tight No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, crew chief Rudy Fugle called his driver down pit road under green on Lap 42 for four tires, fuel and both an air pressure and chassis adjustment. However, before green-flag pit stops could fully cycle through, the caution came out, trapping Byron a lap down in 25th. Electing to take the wave around, Byron cycled back to the lead lap and restarted 24th but made it all the way to 18th before the yellow flag came back out. Sustaining right front damage early on in the race Fugle elected to bring the No. 24 down pit road for damage repairs as well two right side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Restarting 29th due to the extended time on pit road, Byron tried to make his way through traffic but was now fighting an extremely loose Liberty University Chevy. Before the end of the first stage, the caution came out allowing Byron to come down pit road for four tires, fuel and a major chassis adjustment. Restarting 23rd with five laps to go in the opening stage, Byron maneuvered his way up to 17th by the time the green-checkered flag waved. 
 
Electing not to pit during the stage break, Byron lined up 11th for the start of Stage Two. During the run, the handling of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE swung back to the tight side. Continuing to run 11th, Fugle made the call to bring Byron down pit road when the caution came out on Lap 133 for four tires, fuel and another chassis and air pressure adjustment. Lining up ninth for the ensuing restart, Byron quickly moved his way up to seventh and continued to maintain that position until the yellow flag was displayed once again, this time on Lap 174. Coming down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, Byron lined up eighth for the restart with five laps to go in the stage due to varying pit strategy. Having another great restart, Byron jumped up inside the top-five running order before going on to finish Stage Two in fourth. 
 
Once again electing not to pit during the stage break, Byron restarted from the front row in the second position. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native continued to maintain the second position even through a string of quick cautions until Fugle brought him down pit road on Lap 219. Still fighting a tight No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Byron came to the attention of his team for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. With varying pit strategy playing out, Byron lined up fourth for the restart but made a quick three-wide move to regain the second position almost immediately. As the run continued, Byron was reminded to save fuel as much as possible to make it to the end of the 300-lap race. Running a conservative pace as the laps wound down, the No. 42 was able to get around Byron with under 10 laps to go. However, Byron was able to save enough fuel to make it to the end scoring a third-place result at Nashville Superspeedway. 
 
 
QUOTING WILLIAM BYRON
 
HOW DID IT GO OUT THERE FOR YOU TODAY? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN COMPARE FROM FRIDAY?
“We had a little bit of right-front damage, so honestly we weren’t as good as we probably could have been. We were OK, we just couldn’t finish the corner and just struggled with the right-front all day. Overall, that’s just part of it. It’s hard to start in the back and we learned a lesson there on adjustments for qualifying. Nothing major, just something to learn from.” 
 
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE TRUCK RACE REGARDING THE BRAKE ISSUES BEFORE YOUR ENGINE LET GO? DID YOU KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN ISSUE?
“Just low downforce, high horsepower. I think a lot of guys showed up with less brake than they needed. So, for us, we showed up with a good amount of brake, especially being back in traffic.” 
 
 
THE NEXT RACE
 
TRACK: POCONO RACEWAY
DATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2021
TIME: 2:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: NBCSN, SIRIUSXM, MRN RADIO