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