2022 SEASON STATS: So far in the 2022 season, William Byron has scored two wins, four top-five finishes, five top-10s, with 570 laps led – the most by a NASCAR Cup Series driver this season - as well as three stage wins and 13 playoff points accumulated. He is also currently ninth in the driver point standings, locked into the Cup Series playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.
TO THE FRONT: With 17 races complete in 2022, Byron has led laps in 11 of them – the fifth-most by a driver this year. He has also spent the seventh-most laps running in the top-10 (2,571) as well as the third-most laps running within the top-five (1,689). The Charlotte, North Carolina, native has also picked up 13 playoff points – tied with Ross Chastain and teammate Chase Elliott for the most by any driver so far this season.
ROAD RESULTS: During his Cup Series career, Byron has been working to step up his road course racing skills. In the last six road course races to hold qualifying, Byron has won the pole for three of them (Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in 2019, Road America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course in 2021). That stat is tied for the second-most among active drivers. He also has five top-10 finishes in the last 12 road course races which is ranked as the seventh-most in that stretch. In fact, in two road course races this year, Byron finished 12th at Circuit of The Americas and ninth at Sonoma Raceway.
RETURNING TO ROAD AMERICA: While this is the second consecutive year that the Cup Series will race at Road America, both Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle have been to the Wisconsin-based road course prior to 2021 in their NASCAR careers. Fugle called the shots on top of the pit box at Road America in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015 while Byron’s start also came in the Xfinity Series, but in 2017, where he raced to a sixth-place finish. The duo competed together at the inaugural Cup Series event last year, scoring the win in stage one, a runner-up result in stage two and were poised for a great result but late-race contact forced him off track, resulting in a 33rd-place finish.
FUGLE FILES: In 2022, the NASCAR Cup Series has raced on two road courses – Circuit of The Americas and Sonoma Raceway. Fugle and the No. 24 team scored a 12th-place finish at COTA and a ninth-place effort at Sonoma. In total, Fugle has nine Cup Series starts on road courses, three starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and seven in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In those seven Truck Series starts, the Livonia, New York, native has one win (Erik Jones, 2015), three top-five finishes, and five top-10s. One of those seven truck starts was also with Byron, where the duo raced to a 10th-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016.
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William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his thoughts for Road America this weekend: "I’m excited to head to Road America. I’ve always enjoyed racing there in both series. I feel like it’s one of my strongest road courses that we race at. I finished sixth there in the Xfinity Series in 2017 and, while the Cup race didn’t end the way we wanted, we had a strong run going there all day with a stage one win and a second-place finish in stage two. We have some notes to work off of for this year’s race but the Next Gen car adds an element of unknown still. We’ve really had to work on our road course package this year, and I think we’re starting to get in a better place after Sonoma (Raceway). We just have to keep it moving in the right direction and I think we have a good chance of doing that at Road America this weekend."
Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on preparing for Road America: "Road America presents it’s own set of challenges compared to other road courses we run at. It’s the longest course we compete on and it’s also the heaviest-braking road course on the schedule. We don’t have a ton of notes heading into this race since last year was the first Cup Series race there. But we had a good race, and the No. 9 won, so we have a good starting point. Plus we’ve had two Next Gen road course races already this year. We have more notes going into this weekend than in the past especially since we’re using the same tire as we did at COTA (Circuit of The Americas). I think some trends will stay the same as well, including that you want to make sure you’re good in the braking zones but also you want to have more grip and drive off in the slower corners of the course. That gives you better lap times."