William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will be available to members of the media at the Talladega Superspeedway media center on Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. local time.
SEASON SO FAR: William Byron is off to his best start in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 with two wins in the first nine races. He is the only multi-time Cup Series winner this season and it is the first time he has scored multiple wins in a Cup season. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native has four top-five finishes and four top-10s. His 482 laps led are the most by a driver so far and the most he has ever led in a season at the Cup level. Byron has a 14.44 finishing average – eighth-best among drivers – and has spent 1,261 laps running within the top five – the second-most by a driver in 2022. Not only has Byron accumulated twice as many playoff points as any other driver (12), but he has also collected the most points overall in the last seven races (281).
SUPER ON SUPERSPEEDWAYS: Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway will be Byron’s 18th superspeedway start in the Cup Series. In his previous 17 starts, Byron has scored one win (Daytona, August 2020), two runner-up finishes, four top-fives, and four top-10s with 149 laps led. In the last seven superspeedway races, Byron is one of three drivers (Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin are the others) who have scored top-five finishes in three races – tied for the second-most in the series over that stretch. Since the start of 2020, Byron ranks seventh for the most laps led on superspeedway tracks with 61.
TALLADEGA TELL-ALL: Byron will be making his ninth Cup Series start at the 2.66-mile oval when the No. 24 team hits the track Sunday. Byron’s top results at the Alabama-based venue came in October 2020 when he finished fourth and then he followed it up with his track-best second-place effort in April 2021.
DIGGIN’ DEGA: When the Cup Series heads to Talladega this weekend, it will mark Rudy Fugle’s third race at the venue as a crew chief in the top series. In his first Cup start, he helped Byron score his track-best finish of second after leading 12 laps. The duo was poised for another good run in the fall but was collected in two on-track incidents – the second of which ended their race. Aside from those two races, the Livonia, New York, native has eight starts at the sport’s biggest track under his belt (with seven in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and one in the NASCAR Xfinity Series). In those starts, Fugle has accumulated three top-five finishes and five top-10s. One of those previous starts was in 2016 with Byron, where the duo started eighth and raced to a 10th-place result.
THROWIN' IT BACK: Earlier this week, Axalta unveiled Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet for the throwback weekend held at Darlington Raceway next month. Paying tribute to Jeff Gordon, the paint scheme dons the familiar blue and red flames that Gordon raced during the 2007 season. Byron picked this scheme based on his earliest memories of the Hall of Fame driver. That season, Gordon tied and passed Dale Earnhardt on the all-time Cup Series win list and he also won the spring race at the South Carolina track. For a closer look at Byron’s throwback scheme, click here.
LIBERTY U IS BACK: For back-to-back weekends, Byron will climb behind the wheel of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, this time at Talladega Superspeedway. Featuring 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 University 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 strategic communication, Byron is now in his junior year at Liberty University through its online program. For a better look at Byron’s new Liberty University paint scheme, click here.
William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on his approach for racing at Talladega: “Talladega is quite a bit different than Daytona even though they are both superspeedways. Talladega is a lot wider with more room for racing, but the handling of your car isn’t as important there as it is at Daytona. This race is more about how well you can push someone and how well you can receive a push. You need speed, but you need to be able to work well with others to get good runs to make it to the front and stay there. My approach doesn’t change though. You still want to be conservative at times to make sure you’re there at the end of the race, but you also need to push it early on to know what your car is capable of to set yourself up in the best position in the end. We’ve always seemed to run well at Talladega. We just haven’t always had the results to show it, but that’s part of superspeedway racing.”
Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on the importance of Sunday's race at Talladega: "We had a tough weekend on the dirt (at Bristol), but I’m proud of the effort the No. 24 team put in to keep getting us better as the weekend went on. We can put that race behind us now, though, especially since it’s not in the playoffs. I’m just ready to get to Talladega. This is a race that plays a factor in the playoffs, so it has a heavier importance in the notes we put together. Even though we only get one or two laps on track before the race, we do have some notes to work off of already. We’ll be running the same tire that we used in Daytona so that gives us a good starting point to build off."