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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