Byron, Chevrolet Take First NASCAR Cup Series Road Course Win of 2024 Season


Chevrolet’s Fourth NCS Win of 2024
·       William Byron and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 team delivered a powerhouse performance at Circuit of The Americas – driving Chevrolet to the victory in the NASCAR Cup Series’ first road course race of the 2024 season. 
·       Byron proved to be a contender throughout the weekend – earning the pole position, points in both stages and leading a race high 42 laps en route to his second win of the season in NASCAR’s top division. 
·       The victory is Byron’s second career NASCAR Cup Series victory on a road course, taking the 26-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, native to his 12th career triumph in NASCAR’s top division. 
·       The feat marks Chevrolet’s third victory in four NASCAR Cup Series races at Circuit of The Americas, with Byron becoming the third different Chevrolet driver to tally a victory at the 3.41-mile Texas circuit. 
·       Byron’s triumph marks Chevrolet’s 18th victory in the past 23 NASCAR Cup Series road course events – eight of which have come in the Next Gen Camaro ZL1. 
·       Five drivers from four different Chevrolet teams posted top-10 results at Circuit of The Americas, with Byron leading Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman in fourth; Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger in sixth; Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain in seventh; and Richard Childress Racing’s Kyle Busch in ninth. 
·       The victory is Chevrolet’s fourth NASCAR Cup Series win of 2024, with Byron becoming the series’ first repeat winner of the season. 
TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL TOP-10:  POS.   DRIVER1st William Byron, No. 24 Camaro ZL14th Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL16th AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL17th Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Camaro ZL19th Kyle Busch, No. 8 Mark III Employee Benefits Camaro ZL1
Up Next: The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season continues at Richmond Raceway with the Toyota Owners 400 on Sunday, March 31, at 7 P.M. ET. Live coverage can be found on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE QUOTES:William Byron, No. 24 Camaro ZL1Finished: 1stCONGRATULATIONS ON THE FLAMES YOU LEFT HERE ON YOUR BURNOUT. “Oh yeah, it was fun for sure. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with a long front straightaway like this, but just super thankful for this team. Rudy, all the guys on this race team – it’s pretty amazing what we have been able to do the last couple of years, but we just have to keep working hard and keep it going. Nothing is guaranteed in this sport, and we just have to keep it going.”
WHAT WAS THAT LAST RUN LIKE FOR YOU WHEN YOU KNEW GUYS WERE CHASING YOU AND ESPECIALLY WITH CHRISTOPHER BELL CLOSING IN?“Yeah, he was really fast at the end. The Toyotas had the long run speed kind of all weekend, so for us, it was just trying to get a gap on the short run; manage our tires and just kind of keep our car in a good spot. I definitely gave up a lot of time the last five laps, so we still have work to do.”
WHEN YOU STARTED IN THIS SPORT, DID YOU THINK AT THIS POINT OF YOUR CAREER YOU WOULD ALREADY HAVE TWO ROAD COURSE WINS?“No, honestly the road courses were probably the most difficult thing for us starting out and then we just continued to build on it. We had a lot of pole positions on road courses, but we weren’t able to close the deal. A lot of that was on me and knowing what I need in the car to push the whole race. It’s come a long way.”

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1Finished: 4th YOU LOOK A LITTLE WORN OUT.. NO NATURAL CAUTIONS TODAY. HOW MUCH DID YOU HAVE TO MANAGE IN THE CAR?“I wouldn’t say I am worn out; I am just bummed. Probably just got stuck out in traffic after our last pit stop. It was a bad spot that I had to run too hard on low air and beat the rear tires up. Kind of inched in on William (Byron) for a bit, but then the rear tires just went away. Yeah, definitely had to manage it some. Definitely some tire fall off here.  
We had a good Ally Camaro, we just needed to hold on to rear grip longer. It’s been the same since we unloaded and we definitely made it better, but still kind of fighting the same thing. Blake and the guys called a good race. We had a good day, just sucks to come up a couple short again.”

AJ Allmendinger, No. 13 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1Finished: 6th“It was a really solid day for the No. 16 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy team. We started 14th and got up into the top six or seven. Track position is so critical. On one of the pit stops, we got hung up there and lost about five or six spots, and that kind of put us to the next group of cars. We were able to fight back through that. Just really proud of everybody at Kaulig Racing. Of course you always want to win, but it went about as good as it could.”

Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Camaro ZL1Finished: 7th“It was an uneventful day for the No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevy team. We flipped each stage and that kept us up front. When we had the lead, it was the same as all day; just too loose and couldn’t hold William (Byron) off. He was obviously really strong. We made a swing at a big adjustment there at the end on that final green-flag stop and it went the wrong way. It definitely hurt our car. We dropped back a long ways from where we were, but I’m proud of the effort. Proud of the rebound in speed for me and this No. 1 car. My teammates have been really strong at road courses. I’ve been trying for the better part of a year and a half to improve on road courses, and this is a small step in the right direction.” 

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Get Bioethanol Camaro ZL1Finished: 26th “The No. 3 Get Bioethanol Chevy team obviously didn’t get the finish that we wanted at COTA. We got fifth-place stage points, and then had to come from the rear. We got damage on the front-end, and we just never really recovered from that. We got spun and then had to save fuel that last run. We have to figure out what we could have done better so we could have gone hard that last run. We’ll just keep plugging along.”