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William Byron dominates Homestead for first 2021 win

William Byron dominates Homestead for first 2021 win

February 28, 2021

Byron dominates Homestead for first 2021 win

BY GABRIELLE MCMILLEN

CONCORD, N.C. -- William Byron performed his first burnout of the season after he crossed the finish line first at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, becoming the youngest driver to win at the track.

The 23-year-old driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE took a commanding lead halfway through the race and was out front for 102 laps of the 267-lap event. The victory is Byron's first of the season and second of his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Byron's accomplishment marks crew chief Rudy Fugle's first Cup Series win. It took just three races for Fugle to earn a victory in the highest level of NASCAR. Only Gary Nelson posted a victory in fewer races as a full-time crew chief for the Hendrick Motorsports. Nelson won the 1986 DAYTONA 500 with Geoff Bodine in their first outing together.

"That guy has been huge for my career," Byron said of Fugle after the race. "He's the reason I'm here and I'm glad we could get him. He's just awesome, and this whole team did a phenomenal job."

The win also put Byron in elite company. He is among eight drivers to have at least two wins before the age of 24. Byron turned 23 on Nov. 29.

To read the full race rundown on hendrickmotorsports.com, click here.