BEST YEAR YET: With only nine races left in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, William Byron is continuing to have a career-best season at the highest level of competition in the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. So far, Byron has collected one win (Homestead-Miami Speedway), two pole awards (Road America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course – most by a driver this season), nine top-five finishes and 16 top-10s (tied for the third-most by a driver this season) all while leading 276 laps and collecting three stage wins. In his Cup career, this is the most top-five finishes, top-10s, laps led, and stage wins the 23-year-old driver has collected in a single season.
SHORT-TRACK SUCCESS: With two paved short-track races completed so far in the 2021 Cup Series season, Byron is one of six drivers who have finished in the top 10 for both, securing a fourth-place effort during the race at Martinsville Speedway and a seventh-place finish the last time he was at Richmond Raceway. In fact, Byron finished sixth in the dirt event at Bristol Motor Speedway as well earlier this year, making him one of three drivers with top-10 runs in all three short track events in 2021.
READY FOR RICHMOND: This Saturday’s race at Richmond Raceway will mark Byron’s seventh Cup Series start at the .75-mile track. He currently has a track-best finish of seventh coming earlier this season. Aside from his six Cup Series starts, Byron has made two NASCAR Xfinity Series appearances that the Virginia-based track, both in 2017. He earned a best starting position of sixth and finished seventh in the fall. He also has one NASCAR ARCA Menards Series East start in 2015 when he won the pole and finished sixth.
RUDY AT RICHMOND: Making his second Cup Series start at the .75-mile track Saturday night, Fugle has four previous starts at the national level at Richmond Raceway – one in the Cup Series, one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two in the Xfinity Series. His most recent start at the short track came earlier this year when Byron started fourth and raced to a track-best finish of seventh.
LIBERTY U ONBOARD: Heading to Liberty University’s home track of Richmond Raceway, Byron will climb behind the wheel of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for the Saturday night event. Redesigned for the 2021 season, the new paint scheme features a white base with navy flames and red accents, the Liberty University No. 24 will be sure to stand out on track. Liberty University has a long history with Byron starting back in 2014 in the late model ranks. Liberty University has been Training Champions for Christ since it was founded in 1971. Located in the mountains of Central Virginia, Liberty is a liberal arts institution with 17 colleges and schools that offers more than 600 degree programs from the certificate to the doctoral level, on campus and online. Working on an undergraduate degree in communications, Byron is in his junior year at Liberty University through its online program.
William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on racing at Richmond: “Richmond has always been a challenging track for me. The track already has very low grip and making sure the tires last during a long run is key. The surface resembles Atlanta (Motor Speedway) but has characteristics of Phoenix (Raceway). I feel like every time I’ve run there that I’ve learned a bit more and improved each time. With Darlington not going the way we hoped, we will need to really execute this weekend and maximize whatever situation we are in to set us up for Bristol and advancing on through the playoffs.”
Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on rebounding for race two of the Round of 16:
“Obviously, this isn’t the position we want to be in this weekend on the outside looking in, but we’re also are by no means out of the hunt, either. The No. 24 team has the speed capable of winning and I think we’ve done a good job of showing that, especially lately. Unfortunately, we’ve just been wrong place wrong time the last couple weeks. We’ve already put that behind us, though, and moved on to the next task at hand – Richmond. We had a top-10 car there earlier this season and the guys are putting in extra hours this week to make sure we bring a rocket to the track for Saturday night. This isn’t a must-win situation, but we’re going to execute what we need to maximize on our results.”