JR Motorsports Race Report
September 8, 2017
JR Motorsports Race Report
Friday, September 8, 2017
Race 25 of 33: Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway
Track Specs: .750-mile D-shaped oval / 250 laps
Weather: Clear; 63 degrees
Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Byron's Finish: 7th
William Byron brought home his 17th top-10 finish of the season on Friday night at Richmond Raceway after finishing seventh. Byron is currently second in the championship standings, 95 points behind Elliott Sadler.
The No. 9 Axalta Chevrolet qualified sixth for the 250-lap event on Friday afternoon. Byron battled inside the top six during the majority of the first laps of Stage One and on lap 38 he reported that his Chevrolet was tight in the center. When the first caution flag was shown on lap 54 for an incident in Turn 1, Byron radioed to the team that he was battling a car that was tight in the center and free on exit. The call from the box was for Byron to remain on track to maintain his position. Byron restarted fifth.
When the field took the green flag on lap 60, some competitors in front of Byron got backed up on the start which forced Byron into the 10th position. With four laps to go in the stage, the 19-year-old was scored in the 10th position and would lose one position at the end of the stage to finish 11th. The team elected to come to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. The Axalta Chevrolet restarted 10th for the beginning of Stage Two.
Byron remained quiet on the radio during the majority of the second stage as he battled inside the top 10. On lap 131, Byron was scored in the ninth position after getting passed by his teammate while in the eighth position. The Charlotte native reported that his car was still tight in the center. Byron finished Stage Two in the ninth position. The team called the No. 9 machine to pit road for four tires, fuel, a wedge and track-bar adjustment and Byron restarted eighth.
Shortly after taking the green flag for the final stage of the race, Byron radioed that his car was free in and off of the corner. The driver remained quiet on the radio, while battling inside the top 10 during the final laps. Byron was scored in the eighth position on lap 245 and advanced one position to finish the race in seventh. Brad Keselowski brought home the win and was followed by Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Daniel Hemric and Sadler.
William Byron's Thoughts:
"I think we had a pretty solid day. We made gains all day, not as many as we wanted to, but we were a lot better than we were earlier this year. I think that it's a good day when you make improvements and gains. We will put our focus on Chicago next week and focus on having a good race before the playoffs."
No. 9 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro
Laps Completed (Led): 250 of 250 (0)
Points (Bonus): 32 (0)
Point Standings (from leader): 2nd (-95)