NEW SCHEME FOR THE NO. 24: This weekend at Dover International Speedway, William Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will have a new paint scheme. Hendrick Autoguard, a vehicle protection program that helps Hendrick Automotive Group customers get the maximum value from their vehicles, will be featured on the No. 24 Chevy for two races – at Dover this Sunday and at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4. The primarily blue and black scheme features bright yellow numbers and can be seen here.
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'MONSTER MILE' STATS: Byron has only made one NASCAR Cup Series start at Dover International Speedway, earning a 14th-place finish in the spring race this season. The 20-year-old driver has experienced success at the one-mile oval in the other NASCAR national series. In his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the track nicknamed the “Monster Mile,” Byron finished sixth and scored an Xfinity Dash 4 Cash win. In the fall of 2017, he earned the pole for the Xfinity race and led 62 laps before finishing third. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native also has one start at the concrete oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016, when he started on the pole, led 80 laps and finished 11th.
TOUGH TRACK: Byron’s past success at the "Monster Mile" will help, but winning a race there is no easy feat. There have only been two first-time winners at Dover in Cup Series history – Martin Truex Jr. (2007) and Jody Ridley (1981) – although Jimmie Johnson won twice at the one-mile oval during his rookie season in 2002. However, three Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished in the top three in both Dover races in their rookie seasons – Johnson (2002), Kyle Busch (2005) and Chase Elliott (2016).
ROOKIE BATTLE: With just seven races remaining in the 2018 season, Byron continues to hold the lead in the battle for the NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year title. The driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 leads the rookie standings by 116 points over Bubba Wallace.
ON THE COVER: Byron has seen plenty of success in his NASCAR career thanks to a never-quit attitude. That mindset has helped him achieve plenty away from the racetrack, as well, including achieving the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout. Byron, who was honored at the annual Good Scout Award breakfast last year, is on the cover of this quarter’s Eagles' Call magazine, which proudly publishes the achievements of Eagle Scouts across the country. He also sat down with the publication at the track to discuss his racing career and the role scouting has played in his life. Check out the video here.
William Byron on racing at Dover:
“Dover is challenging. It’s very abrasive and it’s a long race. It’s tough on your body. The first time we went there this year, it was challenging in the Cup car, but at the same time, I kind of leaned on some of the things I did there in the past with the Xfinity car – we had some good results in that series and qualified on the pole. Hopefully going back there we can have some of that success and look for some of the same things in our car. I think at this point in the season, we usually come on stronger, so hopefully it’s a good race for us.”
Byron on how Dover got the "Monster Mile" nickname:
“There are so many things that can happen quickly. The straightaways are really narrow, and while the corners are pretty big, there’s so much banking and so much high load that it really wears out equipment – and drivers, too – so I’d say it’s just a really tough test, especially once the tires build air pressure and the car starts to kind of bounce around and is just not ‘in’ the track. It’s tough for a driver to handle that. Also, all the little cracks in the concrete always come up each time you go in the corner, so it always rattles your whole head and after a while you get pretty tired.”