Byron strong in first Darlington visit

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

DARLINGTON, S.C.— In his first trip to Darlington Raceway, William Byron was able to quietly finish in the top-five. Byron was the highest finisher of the NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars.

Byron’s day almost went downhill when he had to go back down pit road towards the latter stages of the race, but momentum carried.

“It’s pretty good. We had to go to the back at one point for a loose lug nut, I think. That was good for us. We were able to get some momentum to get through those guys. I think we got up to 10th,” said Byron.

Track position at Darlington is crucial. In the final pit stop, Byron was able to stay in the 10th position and continue to use momentum to have a decent day at Darlington.

“We had a pretty good pit stop. I think we stayed even and restarted 10th. We got up to fourth there. We just didn’t have the greatest restart at the end,” said Byron. “We were able to gain some spots. The restart before ultimately put us in position and gave us a pretty good day.”

For a rookie, going into Darlington can be demeaning and frightening due to the things other drivers say about the track nicknamed “Too Tough To Tame”, but Byron was not intimidated.

“Definitely on long runs it’s definitely tougher. We didn’t have many of those today. Coming from the back it’s just getting aero-tight behind guys and running against the wall in three and four, but it’s kinda a mix between a short track and a big track,” said Byron. “I feel that the fall off is severe. You get to kinda move around and use the apron a little bit. The good thing is there are options on restarts into three. There are three or four lanes.”

As the playoffs approach in a couple of weekends at Chicagoland Speedway, Byron still sits as the number one seed with 17 playoff points, three race wins, and two stage wins. Byron has amassed eight top-fives and 16 top-10s this season.

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