“There’s a Lot to the Clash” – William Byron’s Crew Chief Emphasizes Increased Importance Of 2021 Busch Clash

Published 12/11/2020, 11:20 AM 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)


With the 2020 Cup Series season now done and dusted, drivers are already looking forward to the new year. And William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle are a pair that are doing so, in particular looking at the 2021 Busch Clash.

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Held at the Daytona International Speedway this time around, it gives drivers a practice run ahead of the all-important Daytona 500 race. Regardless, Fugle is looking at the invitational event with the same intentions and pinpoints why it is necessary.

In response to a question, Fugle stated, “Definitely, I think we all see that potential of what’s gonna happen, how good the country gets. So there’s always that potential for something to get postponed or canceled, and moved to Daytona because that’s an easy fit.”

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Chase Elliott’s No.9 is clearly the ‘best road course team’, says Fugle

“The clash is going to be fun, we’ve got a plan of how HMS has been doing things really well at the road course races. And, here’s our Plan B and Plan C, how do we beat Chase and how do we beat the next people.”

Having met the criteria for this year’s clash, William Byron will look to make the most of the event. And naturally, teammate and Cup Series champ Chase Elliott is going to be one of his primary contenders.

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)

Byron’s crew chief further explained, “Chase is clearly the best road course team, the 9 was this year. But that doesn’t mean everybody else isn’t working hard as well.”

An opportunity for William Byron to showcase his credentials for the new season

“There’s a lot to the clash and then there’s also the element of the fact that we have a non-points event that I can have a Cup race at, as a crew chief. William and I can work together and communicate and it is what it is, we all want to win,” concluded Fugle.

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Having spent three seasons with Hendrick Motorsports now, Byron would look at the Busch Clash as a chance for him to make an early statement of intent. With a new crew chief at the helm, the idea would be to improve on this season’s performances.

Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) go below the double yellow line coming out of turn 4 on the final lap during the Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Byron’s Cup Series victory at Daytona this year means he does have experience winning at the famed super-speedway. And he will hope it is a similar result when he takes to the track come February 2021.

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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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