William Byron

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Race Report | New Hampshire

Race Report | New Hampshire

July 19, 2021

WILLIAM BYRON
NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
RACE REPORT
 
DATE: JULY 18, 2021
TRACK: NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
SPECS: 1.058-MILE OVAL
START: 16th
FINISH: 21st
RANK: 3rd (-125 POINTS)
 

SPEED READ

  • William Byron started Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 16th per NASCAR’s qualifying metrics formula.
  • Fighting the handling of his No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for most of the day, Byron finished both Stage One as well as Stage Two in the 15th position. 
  • Continuing to fight handling woes throughout the entire event Sunday afternoon, the 23-year-old driver raced his way to a 21st-place finish at the New Hampshire-based track. 
  • Byron moved into the third position in the driver points standings,125 points behind the leader. 
RECAPPING THE RACE
Rolling off from the 16th position Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway due to the qualifying metric, William Byron worked his way up to 13th by the time the yellow flag came out on Lap 7 for a spin by the leaders which later brought out the red flag due to rain. After a brief delay, the field went back to yellow flag conditions, allowing crew chief Rudy Fugle to make the call to keep the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE on track, restarting in 12th. However as soon the field went back to green, the caution was displayed once again for an on-track incident. Under the yellow, Byron reported that he felt like he ran over debris forcing him to come down pit road for four tires, fuel and both an air pressure and chassis adjustment. With varying pit strategy taking place, Byron restarted in the 24th position but battled his way to the 15th position by the end of Stage One. Fighting an extremely tight Liberty University Chevy, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native came down pit road for four tires, fuel and a double round of chassis adjustments. 
 
Lining up in 15th for the start of the second stage, Byron lost a couple positions on the restart but quickly earned them back before the caution came out on Lap 129. Still needing more help on the exit of the corners, Byron came down pit road for four tires, fuel and both and air pressure and chassis adjustment. Unfortunately during the pit stop, a member of the No. 24 pit crew was briefly hindered by a competitor but was able to keep going. Restarting 24th after the issue on pit road, Byron began making up track position when the field went back to green, reaching the 15th position by the end of the Stage Two. Under the stage break, Byron came back down pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment but the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE popped out of gear leaving the pit stall, relinquishing a couple positions. 
 
Restarting in 18th for the final stage, Byron raced his way back inside the top-15 running order but as the run progressed, dropped back to 17th reporting that his rear tires were “chattering” everywhere. With the unknown factor of when the race may end due to darkness, Fugle made the call for his driver to run long during the green-flag pit stop cycle. Byron worked his way up to second as the field completed their pit stops before ultimately having to come down pit road himself on Lap 274 for two right side tires and fuel. Once green-flag pit stops completely cycled through, Byron was scored in the 21st position, one lap down. With darkness setting in, NASCAR elected to end the race on Lap 293, relinquishing Byron to a 21st-place finish at the “Magic Mile.”
 
 
THE NEXT RACE
 
TRACK: WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021
TIME: 3 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: NBCSN, SIRIUSXM, MRN RADIO