William Byron

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Race Report | Road America

Race Report | Road America

July 5, 2021

WILLIAM BYRON
NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
RACE REPORT
 
DATE: JULY 4, 2021
TRACK: ROAD AMERICA
SPECS: 4.048-MILE ROAD COURSE
START: 1st
FINISH: 33rd
RANK: 3rd (-85 POINTS)
 

SPEED READ

  • William Byron set a new track record at Road America during Sunday’s qualifying session, capturing his sixth career Cup Series pole.
  • Leading every lap in Stage One in the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to capture the stage win, Byron followed it up by finishing second in Stage Two. 
  • However, getting off course late in the 62-lap event left the 23-year-old driver with a 33rd-place result at the 4.048-mile road course. 
  • Byron maintained the third position in the points standings, now 85 points behind the leader. 
RECAPPING THE RACE
Setting a new track record during Sunday morning’s qualifying session, William Byron captured the pole position for the 62-lap event at Road America. Securing the top position when the green-flag waved, Byron paced the field in the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE until the caution waved on Lap 12. With Stage One forced to end under yellow, Byron scored the stage win as well as the crucial Playoff point. Liking the overall handling, crew chief Rudy Fugle called his driver down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. 
 
With varying pit strategy playing out throughout the field, Byron lined up in ninth for the start of Stage Two. Utilizing fresher tires, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native quickly made his way back inside the top-five running order on the restart. Byron maintained the fifth position throughout the majority of the second stage until the leaders elected to pit with a handful of laps left in Stage Two. Making the call to collect stage points, Byron remained on track, finishing Stage Two in the second position. Wanting a little help in the left-hand corners, Byron came down pit road to the attention of the Liberty University pit crew for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment during the stage break. 
 
With pit strategy once again playing a factor, Byron lined up 20th for the start of the final stage but quickly went to work making his way through traffic. Racing his way back inside the top 10 with just over 25 laps remaining in the event, Byron was able to reach the eighth position before the caution flag came out on Lap 43. Still fighting a tight No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Byron came down pit road under the yellow for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Having a longer pit stop due to issues on the right rear, Byron lined up 14th for the restart with 17 laps to go. Trying to regain track position, Byron unfortunately went off track in Turn 5 on Lap 48 but was able to keep going. Regrouping from the on-track incident, Fugle made the call to bring the No. 24 down pit road under green on with 12 laps to go for four fresh tires and fuel. Unfortunately for Byron the race went green the rest of the way, relinquishing him to a 33rd-place finish. 
 
 
THE NEXT RACE
 
TRACK: ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021
TIME: 3:30 P.M. ET
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