TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY (2.66-MILE TRI-OVAL)
LOCATION: TALLADEGA, ALABAMA
EVENT: NASCAR CUP SERIES (RACE 10 OF 36)
TUNE IN: 2 P.M. ET, SUNDAY, APRIL 28 (FOX/MRN/SIRIUSXM)
TAMING TALLADEGA: Returning to Talladega Superspeedway for the third time in a NASCAR Cup Series car – but for the first time without yellow rookie stripes – William Byron is optimistic about a strong run this weekend in the No. 24 Hertz Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. In both Cup races last year Byron had solid runs, including leading 19 total laps – 14 laps in the spring and five laps in the fall. Byron also has one NASCAR Xfinity Series start as well as one NASCAR Truck Series start at Talladega, collecting a track-best finish of 10th in his debut at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Byron has one superspeedway race already under his belt in 2019, the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, where he sat on the pole, led 44 laps and was in contention for the win before a late-race incident with two laps to go ended his night early.
HERTZ IS HERE AGAIN: After its 2019 debut on the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, the Hertz Corporation – one of the world's largest vehicle rental companies – will be on board Byron's ride for the second time this year at Talladega. The can’t-miss, Hertz-yellow Chevy will hit the track this weekend and will be back again later in the season at Sonoma Raceway and at ISM Raceway in the fall.
KNAUS’ KNACK: With a skill for superspeedway racing, crew chief Chad Knaus is set to call his 37th NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega when the No. 24 Hertz Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 hits the track this weekend. Racking up six pole awards at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, including a streak of four in a row in his first four races at the track as a Cup crew chief, Knaus also has two wins at Talladega.
CLOSE TO HOME: Hailing from Pensacola, Florida, No. 24 team spotter Tab Boyd claims Talladega Superspeedway as his home track. Growing up a few hours away from the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Boyd has more than 20 years of experience in NASCAR, serving as an Xfinity Series tire changer and holding mechanical and fabrication positions before ultimately ending up in the spotter’s stand. When Boyd has time outside of the NASCAR schedule, he is usually still at the racetrack, but behind the steering wheel of his Street Stock in the Street Stock Mid-Atlantic Series.
RICHMOND RECAP: After starting 13th two weeks ago at Richmond Raceway, Byron had a solid run throughout the 400-lap event, running within the top 15 for most of the night before coming home with a 13th-place finish heading into a rare off-weekend. With his 13th-place finish, Byron has an average finish of 11.67 in the last three races, marking his second-best three-race run in his Cup Series career.
William Byron on racing at Talladega:
“Talladega is a wild card for sure, just like Daytona is. Last year we ran well there, leading laps in both races, but the finishes don’t tell the whole story. I think the rookie stripes made people hesitant to work with me, so hopefully that’s not the case this time. I think our strong run in Daytona in February will help as well. We were up front basically all race and I could really put my car wherever I needed to on track to get back to the front. (No. 24 team crew chief) Chad (Knaus) and the No. 24 team worked hard to build that car and get us that speed, so I’m excited to see what our Hertz Chevy will have this weekend at a similar track.”