William Byron

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Sonoma Race Advance

Sonoma Race Advance

June 8, 2022

WILLIAM BYRON
No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


SONOMA RACEWAY: (1.99-MILE ROAD COURSE)
LOCATION: SONOMA, CALIFORNIA
EVENT: NASCAR CUP SERIES (16 of 36)
TUNE IN: 4 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (FS1/MRN/SIRIUSXM)

2022 Season Career Track Career
  • 9th in points
  • 159 starts
  • 3 starts
  • 15 starts
  • 4 wins
  • 0 wins
  • 2 wins
  • 7 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 25 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 4 top-five finishes
  • 55 top-10 finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
  • 4 top-10 finishes
  • 1429 laps led
  • 26 laps led
  • 570 laps led
 

2022 SO FAR: To date in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, William Byron has scored two wins, four top-five finishes, three stage wins and accumulated 13 playoff points. His 570 laps led are the most by a driver this season and have come across 11 of the 15 races – tied with two other drivers (teammate Kyle Larson as well as Kyle Busch) for the second-most races led. He is currently ninth in the driver point standings and is locked into the Cup Series playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

ROAD RESULTS: During his Cup Series career, Byron has been working to step up his road course racing skills. In the last five road course races to hold qualifying, Byron has won the pole for three of them (Charlotte ROVAL in 2019, Road America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course in 2021). He’s also led the fourth-most laps on road courses since the start of 2021 (51) including leading the most laps in two of the last nine road course races. Byron also has collected two stage wins on road courses – tied for the seventh-most all-time with three other drivers (Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez). 

SONOMA STATS: This Sunday’s race will mark Byron’s fourth Cup Series start at Sonoma Raceway. In his previous three starts, his best showing came in 2019 when he qualified second and raced up front for the majority of the event, collecting 18 stage points and his first Cup Series stage win. However, with differing strategy, Byron was credited with a 19th-place result. Aside from his three Cup Series starts, Byron has two previous starts at this road course with both coming in what is now known as the ARCA Menards Series West. In fact, his first road race in a stock car came at Sonoma in 2015 where he qualified second and raced to a fifth-place finish. He again ran the ARCA Menards Series West race in 2018, tying his best qualifying effort of second, but crossed the finish line two spots better than his 2015 showing, in the third position.

FUGLE FILES: So far in 2022, the NASCAR Cup Series has raced on one road course – Circuit of The Americas – where crew chief Rudy Fugle and the No. 24 team scored a 12th-place finish. In total, Fugle has eight 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.

BACK TO THE ROOTS: Going back to his racing roots, Byron will once again climb back behind the wheel of the No. 24 Super Late Model for Wilson Motorsports this year, this time at Berlin Raceway on Wednesday. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native has raced the No. 24 Super Late Model five times this year – three times at New Smyrna Speedway, once at Hickory Motor Speedway, and most recently at the Nashville Fairgrounds – scoring four wins total. 

RAPTOR® TOUGH: Ready to take on Sonoma, Byron will be back behind the wheel of the No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Sunday’s event. RAPTOR® is a durable protective coating and bed liner that is designed to tolerate the toughest climatic conditions and can be applied to a wide range of substrates from steel, wood, concrete and plaster to plastics and composites. Resistant to common fuels, U.V., scratches and stains, RAPTOR® is available at local paint distributors, auto parts stores and can also be purchased from online retailers like Amazon. 


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William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on how to approach this Sunday’s race at Sonoma: "I think Sonoma (Raceway) is the most different of the road courses that we race on. I feel like you have to focus more on your corner entry and exits to really be able to roll through them and get a good run off. There’s not many true braking zones, so it’s more about keeping as much speed as possible and setting yourself up for the next corner constantly. I feel like that changes what you want from the handling of your car as well. We’ve had good runs going there the last couple races, we just haven’t had the finishes to match it. We also have had to approach this race differently in the past strategy-wise and focus more on capturing as many points as possible. Coming into this race with 13 playoff points already, I think we’re in a better position to utilize a different strategy this time around."

Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his thoughts for Sonoma: "This is only my second time going to Sonoma (Raceway) and it will be my first with this configuration. I think we had a solid race going last year before being caught up in a late race incident and we have a good notebook to lean off of from the No. 5 car’s win. Obviously, there will still be some unknowns for this weekend, especially with this being only the second road course race with the Next Gen car. We were able to test two weeks ago at Watkins Glen (International) for the Goodyear tire test and I think we learned a lot that we can apply for Sonoma. Right now, it’s going to be all about building our notebook for this style of racing seeing as four of the next 10 races are road courses."