JR Motorsports Race Report
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Race 8 of 33: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway
Track Specs: 0.75-mile D-shaped oval / 250 laps
Weather: Partly Cloudy; 89 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Byron's Finish: 30th
After running in the top 10 for the majority of the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday afternoon, William Byron was scored with a 30th-place finish after getting caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 247. Byron is now third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings, 44 points behind teammate Elliott Sadler.
The 19-year-old qualified ninth in the Liberty University Chevrolet and the team was happy with the car they had for the race. By lap 16, Byron radioed to the team that he was on the splitter at both ends of the track. As he was maneuvering his way inside the top 10, he reported that his Liberty University machine was loose into the turns. On lap 43, Byron battled with the No. 48 of Brennan Poole for the 10th position for over 20 laps and was scored in the 11th position on lap 63.
At the conclusion of Stage One, Byron reported that he couldn’t get the back of the car to stay under him during the run and ended the stage 11th. The team elected to hit pit road for four tires, fuel, an air-pressure adjustment and a track-bar adjustment to help tighten up the entry. The No. 9 machine restarted from the 13th position on lap 87 and by lap 94, Byron had worked his way into the ninth position. When the second caution of the day was shown on lap 117, Byron reported that he needed additional help on his entry. The team elected to stay out on track and restarted eighth on lap 126.
Byron ended Stage Two in the 11th position and relayed that he needed the team to continue working on his overall entry. The team came to pit road under the stage-ending caution for four tires, fuel and an additional track-bar adjustment to help the car’s handling. During the next green-flag run, Byron battled tight conditions and was attempting to run different lines in order to gain position on track. Under caution on lap 240, crew chief Dave Elenz called the Liberty University Chevrolet to pit road for four tires, a track-bar and wedge adjustment.
On lap 247, Byron was collected in a six-car wreck in Turn 3 that brought out the red flag for a little under three minutes. Once pit road was open, Byron brought his machine to pit road for the team to assess the damage to the right front. After examining the car, the team determined that their day was done due to the extensive damage. Byron was scored with a 30th-place finish.
Kyle Larson crossed the line first and was followed by Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.
"We struggled pretty much all day and ultimately didn't have the finish we wanted. I got some good experience and we have some test days coming up within the next few weeks, which will be really good for us. Overall, JRM had a great day and it will be good to go back to the notes from the No. 7 for when we come back later this year. We will regroup this week and come back strong in Talladega next weekend."
No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro
Laps Completed (Led)- 249 of 254 (0)
Points (Bonus)- 7 (0)
Point Standings (from leader)- 3rd (-44)