|William Byron makes his Cup debut at Chicagoland.|
“Chicagoland is a fun racetrack. It’s probably going to be the hottest race of the year, so I can’t say that’s something I’m going to look forward to (laughs). But, I like Chicago and how you can run against the fence there. I had a parts failure in the transmission there last year (in the NASCAR Xfinity Series), but I was able to just run some laps and run laps on the top. I feel like it’s very similar to Homestead in that aspect, so you go there with the same mentality you have at Homestead – you try to move around and work your car in the different lanes to figure out something that works.”
BYRON AT CHICAGO: While this weekend marks William Byron’s first NASCAR Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway, he has raced at the 1.5-mile track in both the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Byron has always shown speed in qualifying at the track, but various circumstances have affected his finishes. In the Xfinity Series last season, he qualified eighth before transmission issues relegated him to a 33rd-place result. In the Truck Series in 2016, Byron qualified ninth but an on-track incident on Lap 40 ended his day, resulting in a 30th-place finish. However, the Joliet, Illinois, track is one that he enjoys, so Byron and the No. 24 team will look to secure a solid finish this weekend.
MICAH ROBERTS CHICAGO TAKE: #24 William Byron (100/1) - He makes his Cup debut at Chicagoland, but I like what I saw out of him at Michigan finishing 13th. He's in the same boat with HMS teammates getting faster weekly.