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William Byron

24 WILLIAM BYRON

Age: 26 (Nov. 29, 1997)

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina

Crew Chief: Rudy Fugle

Standings: 5th

No. 24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will be available to members of the media in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center on Saturday, May 25, at 4:15 p.m. local time.

HOME SWEET HOME: Charlotte, North Carolina, native William Byron is one of only a handful of drivers born and raised in the “home of NASCAR.” After visiting U.S. Legend Cars International headquarters with his father in 2012, Byron found himself behind the wheel for the first time the next year competing in the Young Lion Division. Winning 33 of his 69 legend car events across the United States in 2013, he went on to lock up the U.S. Legend Car Young Lions national championship and the Thursday Thunder Young Lion title at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The next season, he progressed to the Legend Car Pro Division and signed with JR Motorsports’ developmental program. From that point, Byron hasn’t slowed down as he climbed the ranks before making it to the top-level NASCAR Cup Series in 2018.

CUE CHARLOTTE: Byron has seven career Cup starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, with six of them being the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend. In just his second Charlotte start in 2019, he became the event’s youngest pole sitter at 21 years, 5 months and 24 days. On the oval, Byron has three pole awards, two top-five finishes and three top-10s with 153 laps led, including a personal-best Charlotte finish of second in last year’s 600-miler. Byron has led four consecutive races on the oval – tied for the second-longest active streak – and is one of four drivers to finish both 2023 Charlotte Cup events (the oval and ROVAL) in the top 10 after scoring a pair of runner-up results. At Charlotte, the 25-year-old driver also has two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts and one NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series appearance.

24 IN ‘24: Byron’s 2024 Cup Series campaign has been impressive. He is tied for the series lead in wins (three) and top-10 finishes (eight) while having the fourth-best average finish (12.46). After 13 points-paying races, the driver has spent 1,838 laps in the top 10 (sixth overall) and sits fifth in the season standings.

NEXT GEN DUO: Since the Next Gen car was introduced in 2022, Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle have 11 wins, which lead the Cup Series. Byron also has the second-best average finish (13.14) in the Next Gen car behind only teammate Chase Elliott. In night races during the Next Gen era, he has three wins (most), five top-five finishes (tied for the third-most) and 10 top-10s (tied for most).

1.5-MILE MAGIC: During his Cup career, Byron is no stranger to success on intermediate tracks. Since the start of 2021, he has three wins, two runner-up finishes, 10 top-fives and 18 top-10s in 26 races on 1.5-milers (not counting events held at Atlanta Motor Speedway after its reprofiling). In fact, Byron’s two Next Gen wins on 1.5-milers rank second to teammate Kyle Larson.

RUDY RUNS CLT: Sunday will mark Rudy Fugle’s fourth time atop the pit box for the Coca-Cola 600 as he looks to build on the No. 24’s team’s runner-up showing in 2023. In his three previous starts, the crew chief has three top-five starting positions, including one pole award, with two top-five finishes and two top-10s. The Livonia, New York, native has also called eight Truck Series races at the Charlotte oval with two wins (2013 and 2019), two poles, four top-five finishes and six top-10s. In trucks, his drivers have led 29% of all laps raced (310 of the 1,077) and completed 100% of the laps. One start came with Byron in 2016 when the duo won the pole and led 25 laps en route to a 10th-place finish.

LIBERTY U PATRIOTIC SCHEME: Liberty University will be back on Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend for the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. As part of NASCAR’s annual “NASCAR Salutes” program, the Liberty University Chevy will sport a special patriotic paint scheme as a part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance to honor those who have served and continue to serve in branches of the U.S. military. The special scheme includes blue and gray digital camouflage down the sides of the car. To see Byron’s scheme for this weekend’s race, click here.

MAJOR TOBY LEWIS: This weekend, the No. 24 Liberty University patriotic paint scheme will feature a tribute to Marine Corps Maj. Tobin’s service began in 2008, and he received numerous awards including the National Defense Service Medal. He was selected to the MV-22 Osprey and was deployed in the Red Sea, the Philippines and Australia. Prior to his time in the Marines, Lewis attended Liberty University where he was a Military Aviation major who also walked on the school’s soccer team.

PIT PROWESS: After 13 points races in 2024, the No. 24 pit crew continues its success from last year. The five-person crew ranks third in the Cup Series in the category of fastest average four-tire pit stop (10.849 seconds). It consists of Spencer Bishop (jackman), Jeff Cordero (front-tire changer), Orane Ossowski (rear-tire changer), Ryan Patton (tire carrier) and Landon Walker (fueler).

HOME TRACK FEEL: In addition to Byron, two other No. 24 crewmembers are North Carolina natives who claim Charlotte Motor Speedway as their home track: mechanic Jacob Bowman from Pilot Mountain and jackman Bishop from Pinehurst.

1,100 MILES: For the first time in his NASCAR Hall of Fame career, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick will be a car owner for the Indianapolis 500, doing so with the No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson. The entry, fielded through a unique partnership with the Arrow McLaren INDYCAR Team, will see the 2021 Cup Series champion become the fifth driver to attempt “The Double” by racing the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

HENDRICK HOMECOMING: On Friday and Saturday, Hendrick Motorsports will hold “Hendrick Homecoming” to celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary in NASCAR. The free fan event, which takes place over the same weekend as the Coca-Cola 600 at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway, will feature appearances by past and present drivers, along with games, displays, giveaways and more.

FABULOUS 40: In 2024, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The organization holds the all-time NASCAR Cup Series records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), points-paying race wins (307), pole positions (250) and laps led (80,730).

WINNING TRIO: Hendrick Motorsports drivers William Byron (three wins), Larson (two) and Chase Elliott (one) have tallied six Cup Series victories through the first 13 points-paying events of 2024. Based in Concord, North Carolina, the organization has won at least six races in 19 of the last 24 seasons. Six victories matches the team’s second-best total (1996 and 1997) at this point in a season. Hendrick Motorsports’ best start came in 2007 when it recorded nine wins in the first 13 races.

PIT POWER: Hendrick Motorsports holds four of the top-five spots for the fastest average four-tire pit stop in 2024. The No. 9 team leads the way (10.643 seconds), with the No. 24 team in third (10.849 seconds), the No. 48 team in fourth (10.958 seconds) and the No. 5 team rounding out the top five (10.966 seconds).

MILE-AND-A-HALF MOJO: In this season’s three races on 1.5-mile intermediate tracks, Hendrick Motorsports has been victorious every time. Larson won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March and Kansas Speedway in May. Elliott went to victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Across the three events, Hendrick Motorsports tops the board for all teams in laps led (378) and stage wins (four).

NEXT GEN NUMBERS: Hendrick Motorsports’ eight wins on 1.5-mile tracks in the Next Gen car is more than double the total of any other Cup Series team (three wins). Since 2022, Larson has a series-best four wins on 1.5-mile tracks and Byron two, making them two of the four drivers with multiple wins on intermediates. Teammates Alex Bowman and Elliott have each earned one Next Gen triumph on this type of track. Over the last 12 races on 1.5-milers, Larson and Byron are the only repeat winners.

BLACKJACK: Hendrick Motorsports has 21 wins at the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval, tied for the third-most Cup Series victories at any track by an organization. The team also holds the top-two spots on the list with its win totals at Martinsville Speedway (29) and Dover Motor Speedway (22).

DEEP SIX: Six drivers have combined for Hendrick Motorsports’ record 12 wins in the Coca-Cola 600. Jimmie Johnson’s four wins (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2014) are part of his track-best eight wins on the oval. Next on the list is Jeff Gordon, now the team’s vice chairman, with three victories (1994, 1997 and 1998). Darrell Waltrip was the first Hendrick Motorsports driver to win the prestigious event, which he did back-to-back in 1988 and 1989. Casey Mears (2007), Kasey Kahne (2012) and most recently Larson (2021) each have one win.

HISTORICAL HIGHS: In the 2021 edition of the Coca-Cola 600, Hendrick Motorsports earned its 269th Cup Series win, passing Petty Enterprises to become the all-time winningest team in the sport’s top series. Hendrick Motorsports finished first, second, fourth and fifth that night, marking the first time a single organization placed four drivers in the top five in the Memorial Day weekend event.

600 MILES OF REMEMBRANCE: The Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway remembers the men and women who gave their lives in service while defending the United States of America. The name of a fallen service member will appear on the windshield of every Cup Series car in the Coca-Cola 600 field.

William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on the importance of execution at Charlotte this weekend: “We’ve had the (Coca-Cola) 600 circled for this year for sure. We have really high hopes but more recently we want to get back on track. We want to start the weekend strong and then finish strong. We don’t want to over extend ourselves or make mistakes that take us 10 spots back. We’re preparing for a chance to win, and I think there’s a good chance we will. Everyone is approaching this race that way though. We hope we’re that team, but if not we just really need to execute the weekend. That’s generally our strong suit, but we’ve gotten off track a little. We’re going to put that gritty mindset to work and finish the best we can.”

Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on why the Coca-Cola 600 is special: “It’s a huge weekend being Memorial Day weekend. The Coca-Cola 600 is a hometown race for William, and it’s in the backyard of Hendrick Motorsports. This is our longest race of the year on top of that, but to me it’s almost easier to run the extra miles because we get the extra stage. Every stage is the same, not one stage being significantly longer than the others like we typically have. It’s pretty straightforward. You can really get in a good rhythm. I don’t really notice the difference in length other than sitting on the box a li

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