“Pretty Dang Excited” – William Byron Crew Chief Rudy Fugle Talks About His Time Thus Far At Hendrick Motorsports

Published 01/07/2021, 1:20 PM EST
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)


Rudy Fugle has an important duty now of guiding forward the No.24 team at Hendrick Motorsports. The crew chief replaces Chad Knaus, who has in his own time been responsible of the pit crews of William Byron and most notably, Jimmie Johnson.

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Quite frankly then, Fugle has big shoes to fill at the premier team, but he is up for the challenge. Speaking in an interview, he talked about how his time at the side has gone so far and what he will look to bring to the table.

Fugle stated, “Overall, I think it’s going really well. I’m picking up on the (Hendrick Motorsports) way and I’m pretty dang excited about how it’s going.”

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Rudy Fugle says he is bringing in a different way of looking at things at Hendrick Motorsports

“I’ve just come in and put in my small stamp of effort. I’m bringing a different way of looking at things and I’m asking questions that haven’t been asked in a few years because Chad and whomever else have known it, so I can’t tell you that I’ve done it a better way yet.”

Fugle spent most of his time operating as crew chief in the Trucks Series, managing drivers such as Erik Jones, Noah Gragson, and even William Byron previously. He now has to hit the ground running with the No.24 team as expectations will continue growing.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 31: William Byron, driver of the #24 HendrickAutoguard/CityChvrltThrwbck Chev, climbs into his car prior to qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Racewayin Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“But I can tell you I’ve asked questions that haven’t been asked in a long time, and all that does is just brings up new ideas. In the long run, it’s going to make us better when we do need to make adjustments because we got our brains working in different ways,” concluded Fugle.

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The 36-year-old has an interesting challenge on his hands ahead of the 2021 campaign

Having spent eight years previously at Kyle Busch Motorsports, the job for Fugle only gets more demanding in the Cup Series. He would be tasked with achieving more success with the No.24 team, alongside Chase Elliott’s prominent No.9 team.

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)

But he will, with all his experience, be ready for the missions that await him in the top division this year. Presumably then, he will be looking to impress in his first stint in the Cup and show Hendrick Motorsports why they made the right choice of bringing him in.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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