William Byron

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Race Report | Talladega

Race Report | Talladega

April 26, 2021

WILLIAM BYRON
NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
RACE REPORT
 
DATE: APRIL 25, 2021
TRACK: TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY
SPECS: 1.66-MILE OVAL
START: 4th
FINISH: 2nd
RANK: 4th (-95 POINTS)
 
SPEED READ
  • William Byron started Sunday’s race in the fourth position due to the qualifying metric. 
  • The driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevy scored stage points in the first stage and was in contention to score points in Stage Two before being collected in an on-track incident.   
  • Despite suffering damage early on, Byron wheeled his way to the front in the closing laps to cross the finish line in the runner-up position – a track-best finish for him at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • With his second-place finish, Byron extended his current top-10 streak to eight consecutive races.
  • The 23-year-old driver maintained his fourth-place position in the driver points, but gained on those in front of him. 
 
RECAPPING THE RACE

Rolling off from the fourth position for Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, William Byron showed speed in his No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE from the drop of the green flag, leading the opening lap and scoring stage points in Stage One. Once again showing speed in Stage Two, Byron was poised to score stage points again before being collected in an on-track incident coming to the stage end. With the No. 24 team making repairs, Byron was able to rejoin the field and battled his way back into contention. Lining up ninth for the final two-lap dash to the finish, Byron maneuvered his way to the front and came up just short of the win, crossing the finish line in the second position. 

Starting from the fourth position, Byron jumped out to lead the first lap of the race before ultimately dropping the tail of the field a few laps later with intensity still high at the front of the pack. Fighting a loose No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Byron continued to run further back in the pack until the competition caution came out on Lap 27. Under the yellow, crew chief Rudy Fugle made the call to bring the No. 24 down pit road for two right side tires, an air pressure adjustment and fuel. Restarting in the fifth position, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native continued to run up front until the yellow came back out on Lap 40. Electing not to pit under the caution, Byron lined up seventh for the restart and quickly moved his way into the top five. With aggression ramping up again, Byron maneuvered his way to avoid an on-track incident to finish Stage One in fifth, scoring stage points. Suffering minimal damage and needing some more stability in his Liberty University Chevy, Byron came down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment. 

Starting sixth for the start of Stage Two, Byron continued to battle up front as the field consistently ran two and three-wide. Working with his Chevy teammates, Byron came down pit road under green on Lap 84 for two right side tires and fuel. With varying pit strategy taking place, Byron found himself in the second position once green-flag pit stops cycled through. On Lap 101, Byron made a pass for the lead and paced the field until the caution came out five laps later. Electing not to pit under the caution, Byron continued to lead when the field went back to green. In the closing laps of the second stage, intensity ramped up again, with the majority of the field running three-wide. However, as the field was coming to the green-checkered flag, Byron was collected in an on-track incident. Under the stage break, Byron visited the attention of the No. 24 team multiple times for damage repairs and four fresh tires with fuel. 

Once repairs were complete, Byron started the final stage at the rear of the field but still on the lead lap. Looking to save fuel, Byron maintained his position in the back of the pack until he began to maneuver his way through traffic with 40 laps to go. On lap 154, Fugle called the No. 24 down pit road under green for two right side tires and enough fuel to make it to the end of the race. With 20 laps to go, green-flag pit stops had fully cycled through and Byron had made his way inside the top-10 running order. The yellow flag came out on Lap 173 allowing Byron to come back down pit road for two right side tires and to top off on fuel. With some teams electing not to pit, Byron lined up 10th for the restart and worked his way into contention for the lead before losing his drafting help and slipping back to ninth when the caution came back out. Lining up for the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, Byron restarted ninth and had good momentum heading into the final lap. Maneuvering his No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Byron made a run for the lead coming out of Turn 4 but came up just short of the win, scoring a second-place finish and his eighth consecutive top 10. 

 
QUOTING WILLIAM BYRON
 
“Finished second here at Talladega (Superspeedway) in the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet. It was a good race for us. I felt like we had a shot there at the end, just not quite enough racecar to lead the race I felt like. But it was a really good day. We had some damage, but the guys did a great job fixing it. We’ll go to Kansas (Speedway) and hopefully have a really fast car there.”
 
THE NEXT RACE
 
TRACK: KANSAS SPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2021
TIME: 2:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: FS1, SIRIUSXM, MRN RADIO