Byron goes two in a row after late yellow in Phoenix
For the second consecutive week, William Byron and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports group took benefit of a late warning to seize the victory.
Sunday, Byron prevailed in additional time at Phoenix Raceway. He took the lead on the skin of a three-wide battle coming to the white flag, utilizing a shove from Tyler Reddick to clear teammate Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney.
“I owe the final couple of weeks to him,” Byron stated of crew chief Rudy Fugle. “He’s finished a extremely good job strategy-wise and execution-wise; we’ve finished job to place ourselves in these positions on the entrance row with a shot on the finish. Thanks to everyone again at Hendrick Motorsports for placing collectively nice automobiles and simply doing an excellent job.”
Byron led 64 laps and received the primary stage, however he struggled to point out the identical power when in visitors after dropping the lead on pit street to Larson on the finish of the stage.
The race’s complexion modified when a warning flew with 11 laps to go for a Harrison Burton spin. On the time of the warning, Kevin Harvick was driving away within the lead, with Larson second.
Larson had dominated the day however misplaced the result in Harvick after a spherical of inexperienced flag pit stops with lower than 70 laps to go. Stewart-Haas Racing pitted Harvick one lap before Larson to erase a niche of over one second. Harvick ended up just a few automobile lengths behind Larson and shortly tracked him all the way down to take the lead.
On the ultimate journey down pit street after Burton’s spin, although, Harvick took 4 tires. He exited pit street seventh as Larson, Byron, and 4 different drivers took two tires.
On the restart with three laps to go, the warning shortly flew once more when AJ Allmendinger spun in Flip 3. Larson selected the within lane for the restart as Byron moved to second, selecting the skin lane.
The teammates battled onerous on the restart. Coming off Flip 2, they had been joined by a charging Blaney, who made it three-wide going into Flip 3. Byron surged forward with an help from Reddick, who was amongst those that took 4 tires, and was clear into the ultimate lap for his second straight win and first at Phoenix.
Blaney completed second, Reddick was third and Larson completed fourth. Larson received the second stage and led a race-high 201 of 317 laps.
Harvick rounded out the highest 5 finishers within the United Leases Work United 500. Christopher Bell completed sixth, Chase Briscoe seventh, Kyle Busch eighth, Alex Bowman ninth and Josh Berry tenth.
There have been 10 lead modifications amongst six drivers and 5 warning flags Sunday afternoon.