At the Richmond Raceway, William Byron put himself in a very vulnerable position in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The 22-year old could only muster 21st place in Saturday night’s race. So he trails the final playoff spot by three points, heading into next weekend’s race at Bristol.
He recently spoke to FOX NASCAR about his chances of avoiding elimination at Bristol. However, it is worth noting that he has been able to bounce back from lowly positions. So the big question is, will there be a repeat of such a feat, like he did at during the Dover double-header?
However he confessed that he is not really holding his breath. This was largely because, the team could work on the car on the second day.
Byron admitted that without practice, there was no way to identify any potential issues. as a result of that, he and the team were aware that they were in trouble for the race.
The team’s woes were so bad that Byron felt that he was losing at least 10 spots in two laps. According to the Hendrick Motorsports driver, “When you’re in that position, you just try to change it up as a driver. Try to do different things, move your brake lever, stuff like that.”
Moving on to more positive news, William Byron believes that the team can have a good setup at Bristol. He is also boosted by the fact that he has had good results at Bristol in the past. So with that in mind, Byron should put behind his poor run at Richmond and get his bearings for Bristol next weekend.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Hendrick Motorsports team had mixed results, with Chase Elliott in 5th. Alex Bowman found himself in 9th, but poor old Jimmie Johnson wound up all the way in 31st.