Hendrick Motorsports Media Advance: Michigan


William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series, will be available in the Michigan International Speedway media center at 11:30 am local time on Saturday, Aug. 6.

22 IN 22: So far in the 2022 season, with four races remaining in the regular season, William Byron has scored two wins, four top-five finishes, five top-10s, with 611 laps led – the second-most by a NASCAR Cup Series driver this season – across 12 of the 22 races. He has three stage wins and 13 playoff points accumulated – the third-most by any driver. Byron is currently ninth in the driver point standings, locked into the Cup Series playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

MICHIGAN MINUTES: With nine NASCAR national series starts at Michigan International Speedway under his belt, Byron will be adding one more to his resume this Sunday. Of those nine races, seven came at the Cup level where he has a track-best starting position of third (August 2019) and a track-best finish of second coming last year. In the last four races at the Brooklyn, Michigan, track, Byron has an average finish of 9.0 – seventh-best of active drivers. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native also has one NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the 2-mile D-shaped oval, where he qualified fourth and ended the race in the runner-up position. He also has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, where he started third and finished fourth with crew chief Rudy Fugle on top of the box.

CLOSE CALLS: Sunday will mark Fugle’s second Cup Series event at Michigan. In his first premier series showing last year, the Livonia, New York, native and the No. 24 team powered their way to a runner-up finish at the 2-mile track. Aside from that one Cup Series start, Fugle has eight other national series starts at the D-shaped oval, with seven of them coming in the Camping World Truck Series. In the Truck Series, he has six top-five finishes and six top-10s. To further break it down, Fugle has finished second on three occasions, third once, and in the fourth position two times, with his only finish outside of the top-four coming in 2019. In fact, Fugle’s Truck Series drivers have an average starting position of 5.4 and an average finishing position of 4.6 in the Irish Hills. This weekend, though, he hopes to continue his success by capturing his first checked flag at the Michigan venue.

BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Last Saturday, Byron climbed behind the wheel of the No. 24 Super Late Model for Wilson Motorsports for the ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park for the Circle City 100. Byron led the first 31 laps before Erik Jones got by him on a restart. The two remained in a tight battle for the rest of the race, with Byron coming up just short of the win in the runner-up spot. In eight Super Late Model races in 2022, Byron has six wins. His next race for Wilson Motorsports is next Wednesday at Berlin Raceway, where he scored a win earlier this year.

LIBERTY YOU’RE BACK: For Sunday’s race at Michigan, Byron will climb behind the wheel of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Featuring a white base with navy flames and red accents, the Liberty University No. 24 will be sure to stand out on track. Liberty University has a long history with Byron starting back in 2014 in the late model ranks. Liberty University has been Training Champions for Christ since it was founded in 1971. Located in the mountains of Central Virginia, Liberty is a liberal arts institution with 17 colleges and schools that offers more than 600 degree programs from the certificate to the doctoral level, on campus and online. Working on an undergraduate degree in strategic communication, Byron is now in his junior year at Liberty University through its online program. For a better look at Byron’s Liberty University paint scheme, click here.

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