|William Byron is 80/1 to win Sunday at Atlanta.|
“I really don’t know what to expect when we get to Atlanta. I feel like it’s going to be a challenge in the sense that it’s a slick racetrack. We are going to go there and try and understand the new aero package, but also try and understand what that racetrack is going to do throughout the race. I think it’s going to present different challenges than we normally deal with there.”
Byron on looking forward to getting into a rhythm starting with Atlanta:
“I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s pretty much a normal, routine race weekend for us there, especially compared to DAYTONA 500 weekend. I’m looking forward to that part of it. I’m just trying to go there and have a pretty normal weekend and do what we need to do.”
KNAUS HOT AT HOTLANTA: At a track where past knowledge is crucial, crew chief Chad Knaus will add valuable experience to the No. 24 team when the Liberty University Chevy hits the track this weekend. Calling the shots for 27 NASCAR Cup Series races at the weathered track, Knaus has snagged the checkered flag five times, most recently back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. In his 27 races at the venue as a crew chief, Knaus’ car has left the 1.54-mile oval with 14 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s. In fact, Knaus has a knack for intermediate tracks in general, collecting 34 wins at the track type across his Cup Series crew chief career.
DAYTONA 500 RECAP: Capturing his first NASCAR Cup Series pole award during the first Sunday of Speedweeks, William Byron showed patience and speed throughout the 61st annual running of the DAYTONA 500 before being relegated to a 21st-place finish after an on-track incident with only two laps remaining. Despite the finishing position, Byron led a career-high 44 laps during Sunday’s race. The 21-year-old driver also spent 133 of 207 laps within the top-five running order, the most by anyone in the race. His 154 laps inside the top 10 throughout the race were the second-most of any competitor.