- With qualifying on Saturday, William Byron secured an eighth-place starting position for Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.
- Working his way to the front, Byron raced his way to a fourth-place finish in stage one and then scored the stage win in stage two, securing another playoff point.
- Having to start deeper in the field after varying pit strategy before the final stage, Byron once again worked his way up within the top-five running order in the closing laps. Looking to make a move on the final lap, Byron lost his drafting help and when was collected in an on-track incident coming to the finish line, leaving him with a 15th-place result.
- After the race at Talladega, Byron moved up to third in the driver point standings, 34 points behind the leader.
RECAPPING THE RACE
With only qualifying before Sunday’s event, William Byron secured an eighth-place starting position for the race at Talladega Superspeedway in the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Working his way through traffic early on, Byron reached the second position by lap 10, and continued to maintain that position until green-flag pit stops began throughout the field. On lap 35, crew chief Rudy Fugle called his driver down pit road for two right side tires and fuel to get them to the end of the stage. Once green-flag pit stops cycled through, Byron once again found himself running in second. However, as the laps wound down in the opening stage, the field doubled back up and raced that way until the caution came out on lap 56. With the stage being forced to end under yellow, Byron was credited with a fourth-place effort. Fighting a car that the rear of the car would “wag,” Byron came down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to try help the rear tires feel more secure.
Starting the second stage from within the top-five running order, Byron kept his No. 24 Liberty University Chevy up front despite the field running double-wide. With 45 laps to go in the stage, the field was finally able to get single-file and Byron was scored in the third position. Shortly after that the caution came out for a stalled car, Byron came down pit road for fuel only, wining the race off pit road and taking over the lead. Fighting through a string of cautions, Byron was reminded to save fuel as much as possible to make it to the stage end and maintain his current track position. Going back green with 10 laps to go in the stage, Byron maintained his lead and captured the stage two win, capturing a playoff point in the process. Still looking for more help with the rear tires, the 24-year-old driver came down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment.
With varying pit strategy taking place throughout the field, Byron lined up in 11th for the start of the final stage. As the stage went on, most cars were saving fuel to set themselves up for their final pit stop of the race, Byron and the No. 24 team included. Green-flag pit stops finally began and Fugle called the No. 24 Liberty University Chevy down pit road with 27 laps remaining for two right side tires and fuel to make it to the end. Once green-flag pit stops cycled through again, Byron found himself back inside the top five, running in fourth. With 10 laps to go, intensity picked up throughout the field, and Byron continued to fight to stay up front and in contention for the win. Byron remained within striking distance of the lead until the final lap when he lost his drafting help on the backstretch. Trying to regain lost positions, Byron was running in the high lane coming out of turn four and unfortunately was caught up in an on-track incident relinquishing him to a 15th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.
THE NEXT RACE
TRACK: DOVER MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022
TIME: 3:00 P.M. ET
TUNE-IN: FS1, SIRIUSXM, MRN