CONCORD, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports heads to Kansas Speedway this Sunday, and William Byron is ready to add a win to his impressive run of eight consecutive top-10 finishes.
Byron has collected a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway, three top-five finishes, eight top-10s and has led 584 laps in 2021, attributing his success to the work done by his team.
“The last few weeks have just been the result of just the chemistry we have and working really well together,” Byron said. “I feel like we’re all on the same page. We’re also getting really fast cars from the shop. … The engines have been really good, I’d say, since probably the second half of last year. … I feel really confident that Kansas is a place we can go there and try to win.”
The 23-year-old driver has six starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas, capturing one top-five finish, three top-10s and leading 35 laps at the 1.5-mile venue.
“I think it’s just a track that I have good memories on,” Byron said. “It’s a track that’s pretty straightforward. It’s not one of those unique places where experience really matters. I think it’s just all about having the right combination with your car and having the right feel. … It’s not anything special but I feel like we’ve done a good job of trying to identify what we need in the car there and it’s worked the past couple of times.”
Byron’s string of top-10 finishes is not by mistake. The run of strong performances, combined with the rapport he and No. 24 crew chief Rudy Fugle have, has proven to be an impressive mixture.
“I think it’s communication, chemistry, and the fact that we’re getting good cars from the shop,” Byron said. “It’s really important. You can’t overlook that. You’re only as good, really, as the speed of your car. The effort that goes into that is tremendous. … There’s not just one thing that sticks out at me. We’ve worked on the pit crew. We’ve worked on my communication with my spotter, and communication with Rudy. It’s kind of everything. Everything is going better this year.”
Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1 to see Byron and the rest of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers take on the track in Kansas.