William Byron was one of the most entertaining drivers at the beginning of the season but the Hendrick Motor Sports youngster has been underperforming considering the standards he set for himself with two race win he secured at Atlanta and Martinsville. The Chevy Camaro ZL1 driver has only been once to the top 10 following his Atlanta win.
This weekend, the first of three cup races that will wrap up the regular season, will take place at Richmond Raceway. The short track, which earlier in the season had one of the most unimpressive races, will be looking to make that up and have one of the finest cup races of the season, precisely what the fans desire as the series gets closer to the post-season.
Find out what William Byron had to say about the coming cup race at Richmond and playoff properness
William Byron acknowledged that he is just focused on racing rather than getting into the playoff mode but revealed that they do run simulations of the playoff which isn’t seeming to work that well for the team. He added that the No:24 team is going to do their best when the playoff starts same as what they will do this weekend at Richmond.
“I don’t try to get into any sort of mode. I just try to race. We try, at times, to simulate what a playoff race would be like or things like that, but it never seems to work too well. We’re going to try our best when the playoffs start and we’re trying our best this weekend. Hopefully, this weekend goes as we want it to,” Willian Byron said.
The youngest HMS driver on the grid went on to say that the only thing races now represents is the strength and weaknesses of certain tracks for the HMS crew. He pointed out that he has been good at the road courses and was also good at short tracks earlier this season. He added that although the Richmond track might not be part of the playoffs buts it is still important considering it shares similarities with the Phoenix track which is in the playoff.
“The only things that races right now represent are the strengths or weaknesses at certain tracks. I feel like we’ve got the road courses pretty good, and we were really good at the short tracks earlier this year as well. Even though Richmond (Raceway) isn’t in the playoffs anymore, it’s a short track that will kind of represent a Phoenix (Raceway)-type track,” William Byron added.
William Byron’s crew chief Rudy Fugle acknowledged that the No:24 team had a really good outing last around at the track and the only thing that denied them the win was the messed-up pit strategy. He pointed out that he made that call then not to pit in accordance with the data they had with them and acknowledged that he still feels like it was the right call.
“We feel good about Richmond (Raceway). We ran really well there in the spring and led a lot of laps. The way that the pit strategy played out is the only reason we didn’t win. I could have made a different call but with the information I had at the time, I still feel like it was the right call,” Rudy Fugle said.
Rudy Fugle went on to say that he is excited to give another go at a win in Richmond and added that the race being in the day rather than night offers them less temperature and more tire grip which they can use for their advantage.
“I’m just excited to get back there and give it another go. This race will be a day race instead of a night race. The track temperature will be higher which means you need more grip. You’ll have less grip in the track but more grip in the car hopefully and build off of that,” Rudy fugle added.
Can William Byron get one more win before the post-season at Richmond this weekend?