Hendrick Motorsports Media Advance: Michigan

William Byron, driver of the 24th Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series, will be available at the Michigan International Speedway at 11:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, August 6.

22 in 22: So far in the 2022 season, with four races remaining in the regular season, William Byron has racked up two wins, four of the top five, and five of the top 10, with 611 laps – the second most by a NASCAR Cup Series driver this season – He crossed 12 out of 22 races. He has three stage wins and 13 cumulative playoff points – the third most by any driver. Byron is currently ninth in the driver points standings, and is in the Cup Series playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Michigan minutes: With nine NASCAR National Series starting at Michigan International Speedway under his belt, Byron will add one more to his resume on Sunday. Of those nine races, seven came in at the cup level as he finished third in the best track races (August 2019) and finished second to second place last year. In the last four races at Brooklyn, Michigan, Byron has averaged a 9.0 finish—seventh best active driver. Charlotte, North Carolina, also has one NASCAR Xfinity Series starting in a 2-mile D-shaped oval, where he qualified fourth and finished the race in second. He also has one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, starting in third and finishing fourth with crew chief Rudy Fugle on top of the box.

Close callsSunday will see the second Fugle event in the Cup Series in Michigan. In his first series debut last year, Livonia, New York, the home team and Team 24 made their way to second place at the Milan circuit. Aside from the start of the Cup Series, Fugle has eight other National Series starting in the D-oval, with seven of them coming in the Camping World Truck Series. In the Truck Series, he has six places in the top five and six in the top 10. To further elaborate, Fugle has finished second on three occasions, third once, and fourth twice, with a finish outside the top four in 2019. In Indeed, 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 checkered flag at the Michigan venue.

Back to its roots: Last Saturday, Byron got behind the wheel of Wilson Motorsports’ #24 Super Late Model for the ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park for Circle City 100. Byron drove the first 31 laps before being overtaken by Eric Jones on the restart. The two remained in a tight fight for the rest of the race, with Byron close to winning for second. In eight Super Late Model races in 2022, Byron has six wins. His next race for Wilson Motorsports will take place next Wednesday at the Berlin Circuit, where he claimed a win earlier this year.

LIBERTY U . is back: For Sunday’s race in Michigan, Byron will climb behind the wheel of the #24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Liberty University. Featuring a white base with marine flames and red accents, Liberty University #24 is sure to stand out on the right track. Liberty University has a long history with Byron starting in 2014 in the late model ranks. Liberty University was Training Heroes for Christ Since its founding in 1971. Nestled in the mountains of Central Virginia, Liberty is a liberal arts institution with 17 colleges and schools offering more than 600 degree programs from certificate to doctoral level, on campus and online. Byron has a BA in Strategic Communication and is now in his junior year at Liberty University with his online program. For a better look at Liberty University Byron’s paint scheme, click here.

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