- During Saturday’s qualifying session at Nashville Superspeedway, William Byron qualified 13th in the Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
- Racing his way within the top-10 early on, Byron was poised for a good run before feeling like he had flat tire just before the first red flag of the race. However, once Byron climbed back in after the lightning hold, he quickly reported that he had a mechanical issue that would force him behind the wall for the No. 24 to fix.
- Once he returned on-track, Byron went on to use the rest of the race like a test session before being credited with a 35th-place finish.
- After the race at Nashville Superspeedway, Byron is now ninth in the driver point standings, 118 points behind the leader.
RECAPPING THE RACE
Following qualifying on Saturday, William Byron secured a 13th-place starting position for Sunday’s race at Nashville Superspeedway in the No. 24 Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Showing speed early on in the 300-lap event, Byron quickly moved up to the 10th position within the opening laps, As the run went on though, Byron dropped back to 11th as the handling of his Chevy had swung to the tight side. On lap 40, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native radioed that he thought he may have flat left rear tire. Just as he was about to come down pit road to the attention of his team, the caution flag came out due to lightning in the area. After a brief red flag for weather, Byron climbed back behind the wheel of his Valvoline Chevy but immediately could tell that there was an issue with the steering, not a flat tire. Coming down pit road, Byron got four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment before rejoining the field in the sixth position for the restart. As the field went back green, Byron radioed to crew chief Rudy Fugle that the steering issue had progressed immensely, and he took the No. 24 to the garage to allow the team to fix the mechanical issue. Once the mechanical issue was taken care of, Byron returned to the track scored 36th, 38 laps down, just before the end of stage one but he was able to move up to 35th by the stage break.
Even with rain rolling through delaying the end of the evemt, Byron and the No.24 team used the remainder of the race to try various setup packages to try help build their notebook for the upcoming races. Once the race finally ended late Sunday night, Byron was credited with a 35th-place finish.
QUOTING WILLIAM BYRON
“I was having issues with the steering right before the caution for the (first) lightning delay. I thought it might have been a tire, but right when I started getting strapped in after the first red flag, something was off and the steering rack was broken. We went out for the restart and I was trying to stay off of guys on the restart but there was no steering. I was just kind of going where the car was naturally going. It was unfortunate, but we’ll learn from it. There was nothing we could do. The Valvoline guys worked hard to get the rack swapped out and get us back on track so we could try some setup things during the remainder of the race. I think we can take some good notes away from today at least.”
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: ROAD AMERICA
DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2022
TIME: 3:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: USA, SIRIUSXM, MRN