IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN: William Byron has a strong history of performing well at ISM Raceway. He started on the front row in both of his NASCAR Xfinity Series starts last season, winning there in November and finishing fourth in the spring. Byron is the youngest winner ever at the track in the Xfinity Series at 19 years, 11 months and 13 days. In 2016, he led 112 laps in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race before an engine failure. Two drivers have won at the track in their respective rookie seasons in the Cup Series – Tony Stewart in 1999 and Kyle Busch in 2005 – with both winning the fall event. The No. 24 Chevrolet also has a good history at ISM Raceway, visiting Victory Lane twice in the spring race with Jeff Gordon behind the wheel (2007 and 2011).
ROOKIE SUCCESS AT ISM RACEWAY: Hendrick Motorsports rookies have accumulated four top-10 finishes at ISM Raceway. Two came courtesy of Busch – including a win in 2005 – and two were earned in 2016 by Chase Elliott. The four top-10s by Hendrick Motorsports rookies are the most by any organization at ISM Raceway, and Byron will look to extend that record this weekend.
AXALTA, BACK AGAIN: Axalta Coating Systems returns for the second week in a row as the primary partner of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The bright Axalta flames featured on the No. 24 Chevy are a fitting scheme for a race in a location known for its heat. This year, Axalta will be a primary partner on the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro for 10 races.
GRUBB NO STRANGER TO SUCCESS: Championship-winning crew chief Darian Grubb has recorded a win at ISM Raceway, as well as in Fontana, California, the next two tracks on the “NASCAR Goes West” swing. Those two wins came with different drivers – Stewart and Denny Hamlin.
CHEVY STAGE APPEARANCE: Byron will visit the Team Chevy stage at ISM Raceway for a question-and-answer session on Sunday, March 11, at 10 a.m. local time.