- During Saturday’s qualifying session at Road America, William Byron qualified 29th in the No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
- Picking up a handful of positions early on, Byron came down pit road with three laps to go in the opening stage, resulting in a 33rd-place finish at the stage break. However, once the rest of the field pit, Byron restarted in the 15th position, and began powering his way to the front. After pitting before the end of the stage break again, Byron was forced to make a second trip down pit road so the team could tighten a loose wheel.
- After having to start at the rear of the field for the final stage, Byron rallied to score a 16th-finish at Road America.
- After the race at Road America, Byron is now tenth in the driver point standings, 135 points behind the leader.
RECAPPING THE RACE
Returning for the second time in his NASCAR Cup Series career, William Byron qualified 29th at Road America during Saturday’s qualifying session after suffering issues with his brakes after the practice session held just before. When the field went green for Sunday’s race at the 4.048-mile road course, Byron was able to gain a few positions, working his way up to 25th after the first 10 laps. Utilizing pit strategy, crew chief Rudy Fugle called the driver of the No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 down pit road under green on lap 12 for four tires, fuel and both an air pressure and chassis adjustment to aid in the handling of a tight race car. When Byron returned to the track for the final two laps of the stage, he was told to save his equipment as much as he could, finishing the stage in the 29th position. During the stage break, the remainder of those who did not pit previously, came down pit road for their service, moving Byron up to the 15th position for the ensuing restart.
When the field went back racing for stage two, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native began methodically working his way through traffic, reaching the eighth position halfway through the stage. With the field once again split on pit strategy, Fugle elected to have the 24-year-old driver pit early, calling him down pit road under green on lap 27. Needing more rear grip, Fugle made the call for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. However, as Byron returned to the race track after his pit stop, he was forced to came back down pit road for the team to tighten a loose wheel. Additionally, when Byron came back to the attention of his team, pit road was closed due to it being the final two laps of the stage, causing him to be penalized as well as scored 33rd at the end of the second stage. Knowing that they would have to start at the tail end of the field for the start of the final stage, Fugle called the No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevy back down pit road for four tires and to top off on fuel.
Going back green for the final stage with 30 laps remaining, Byron once again began working his way through the field. He was able to reach 25th by the time that green-flag pit stops were beginning with 20 laps to go. On lap 44, Fugle called his driver down pit road under green for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment. Rejoining the field in the 26th position, Byron turned his focus to grabbing as many positions as he could in the closing laps. Showing speed, Byron raced his way to just outside the top-15, scoring a 16th-place finish at Road America after Sunday’s race.
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022
TIME: 3:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: USA, SIRIUSXM, PRN