William Byron continued his impressive run of results for the Hendrick Motorsports team, partnered by Acronis, challenging for a late victory before finishing second behind Brad Keselowski in Talladega.
Breaking down the finish: pic.twitter.com/0ggvHCha2C
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Bowman rolled off the line in fourth but rocketed into the lead by the end of the opening lap. A pitstop put the man from North Carolina out in fifth but he again made inroads, finishing the opening stage in the same position.
After pitting for fresh tires and a splash of fuel, Byron rejoined in sixth but was second by lap 71 and maintained that position after the field pitted under green. Byron regained the lead of the race after a caution on lap 104 but his chances seemed to have been dealt a blow when he was involved in a caution, unfortunately collecting Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott in an effort to avoid and accident between Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin. It meant he finished Stage 2 in 30th.
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Still Byron wasn’t done. And after his crew worked hard to repair his No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro, he made a brilliant charge through the field, fighting his way to a brilliant second following a final caution with four laps to go.
Crazy day yesterday! After the spin avoiding the stage 2 wreck, the guys fixed it up and kept us in contention. Came home 2nd after that. Great effort by this team, we keep improving. @LibertyU @TeamHendrick @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/WVDw9x9rrL
— William Byron (@WilliamByron) April 26, 2021
Byron’s second place finish means that he extends his streak of top-10 finishes to eight races, the most since Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted eight top-10 results between Talladega in October 2013 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March 2014.
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