William Byron

NEWS

Las Vegas Race Advance

Las Vegas Race Advance

February 27, 2018


2018 Season Career Track Career
  • 25th in standings
  • 2 starts
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  • 2 starts
  • 0 wins
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  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
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  • 0 laps led
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AXALTA RETURNS: Axalta Coating Systems returns as the primary partner of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this week. The bright Axalta flames, designed by well-known motor sports artist Sam Bass, will be featured on the No. 24 Chevy for the next three races – Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana. This year, Axalta will be a primary partner on the No. 24 Chevrolet for 10 races.

UNDER THE NEON LIGHTS: While William Byron has never run a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he does have two starts at the 1.5-mile track in NASCAR’s lower-tier national series. Last year, he finished 14th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and in 2016, he earned a fifth-place result in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A rookie has never won a Cup race at Las Vegas, but Byron has a chance to change that stat this weekend. He’s had time on the track, participating in a test there earlier this year.

VEGAS TEST: Byron and the No. 24 team participated in an organizational test with the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The test also marked Byron’s first-ever laps on track in a Cup car up to that point. He wasted no time getting up to speed, setting the fastest lap time in the morning session on both days.

ATLANTA RECAP: After a rain-delayed start to last Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Byron took the green flag from 23rd. He battled the handling on the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the early going, but steadily improved throughout the race to earn an 18th-place finish. He was the highest finishing rookie in the race.

GRUBB KNOWS HOW TO TAME THE WEST: No. 24 team crew chief Darian Grubb has experience finding Victory Lane out west. Grubb, 42, has won a race at each of the next three tracks the series visits as “NASCAR Goes West” – Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana, California – with three different drivers.