“Least Important Aspect of Preparation” – William Byron Is Not too Worried About the 2021 Bristol Dirt Race

Published 12/05/2020, 1:00 AM EST
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 23: William Byron, driver of the #24 Liberty Patriotic Chevrolet, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

For the 2021 Cup Series season, William Byron is set to partner Crew Chief Rudy Fugle. This year, a new challenge awaits all the drivers in all 3 series.

To be precise, they will be racing on a dirt surface for the first time. Needless to say, all of the drivers are excited and are eager to throw themselves at the challenge.

In light of this, Byron spoke about how he and Fugle will tackle the dirt surface at Bristol. Speaking about it, he said, “I’d say the dirt is probably the least important aspect of preparation.


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“It’s only one race, but we do have to give some thought to it and what I want to do there. Definitely thinking about some road course ideas. How to get a little bit more time in some form or fashion on road courses in a similar style car.”

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10: William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, stands on the grid after posting the fastest lap during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Byron acknowledged that finding a good stock car on a road course is no easy task. However, he confirmed that he and Rudy Fugle have perused the first batch of tracks. From there, they tried to formulate their strategy for those tracks.

What else did William Byron say?


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William Byron named tracks like Homestead, the Daytona 500, and others. All in all, he and Fugle are trying to figure out the nuances of each track.

He praised his new Crew Chief and is feeling fairly confident ahead of the new season. It is worth noting that Rudy Fugle is Byron’s 3rd Cup Series Crew Chief in 4 seasons.

Together, the duo will build on the foundation that Chad Knaus and Darian Grubb established. Both Knaus and Grubb have moved on to managerial roles at Hendrick Motorsports since then.


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Additionally, this is the first time in 5 years that the 2 have worked together as driver and Crew Chief. That was when Byron first made the step up to the national NASCAR stage.


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