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NASCAR takeaways: William Byron dominates at COTA for second win of 2024

AUSTIN, Texas — William Byron had one of those perfect racing weekends. Fastest in practice. Fastest in the final round of qualifying. Fastest in the race. Fastest to the finish line. Byron, who led the Cup Series with six victories in 2023, captured his second victory of the 2024 season in leading 42 of the

NASCAR takeaways: William Byron dominates at COTA for second win of 2024

AUSTIN, Texas — William Byron had a type of excellent racing weekends.

Quickest in follow.

Quickest within the last spherical of qualifying.

Quickest within the race.

Quickest to the end line.

Byron, who led the Cup Collection with six victories in 2023, captured his second victory of the 2024 season in main 42 of the 68 laps at Circuit of the Americas.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver would have led extra laps if he did not pit previous to the tip of the levels for observe place functions.

It marked the primary time in Byron’s profession that he gained the race from the pole. He was 0-for-12 coming into COTA.

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“13 poles and [until now] by no means gained a race,” Byron mentioned. “The expectations get too excessive, I feel.

“This weekend felt like, no matter the place we had been beginning, we felt like we had been going to exit and execute race. That’s how I attempted to remain all through the weekend. I really feel like different occasions after I qualify on the pole, I get a bit of excited and begin to anticipate to win. “

Takeaways from COTA on a day when Byron and Christopher Bell had been adopted throughout the end line by Ty Gibbs, Alex Bowman and final yr’s winner Tyler Reddick.

Byron A Street-Course Ace?

Byron gained for the second time on a highway course, along with his first coming final summer season at Watkins Glen.

He had a mirror filled with Bell on the finish.

“I used to be simply making an attempt to not make errors,” Byron mentioned. “I felt like I made plenty of micro-errors within the final 10 laps.

“I’ve to relax a bit of bit, look again at these 10 laps and take into consideration what may I do higher within the automotive to remain mentally locked in and never get flustered by the mirror.”

His teammate Bowman had a strong day in what’s his greatest highway course. Bowman mentioned a number of the extra veteran drivers have benefits on the highway programs the Cup Collection has visited for a number of years however with COTA simply in its fourth yr on the schedule, he has been in a position to be taught on par with everybody else.

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“Not racing in opposition to guys with an enormous pocket book is at all times good,” Bowman mentioned. “You take a look at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, plenty of guys have been going there for a extremely very long time.

“It is at all times match me a bit of bit. I would not say that first yr we had been nice, however since then, we have been actually, actually good.”

‘Once we’re on, we’re firing on all cylinders!’ – William Byron on victory at EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Eventful Day For Bell

Bell completed second and was gaining on Byron on the finish, however his adventurous day ended up one spot brief.

Bell had incidents with two of the most important stars within the sport, spinning each Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch in separate incidents.

Busch got here as much as Bell afterward and had some phrases for him.

Bell took the blame for the Larson accident however wasn’t so positive what occurred with Busch.

“Larson, I made a mistake and I acquired into the again of him and spun him out,” Bell mentioned. “However KB, he opened his entry up and tried the crossover the place I used to be working my line.

“Had I recognized he was going to come back throughout the racetrack, I might have braked a bit of bit. However I by no means anticipated him to do this.”

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Christopher Bell talks about his second place end and incidents with Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson

Corey LaJoie OK After Extreme Cramps

Corey LaJoie was on the bottom for a number of minutes after the race and wanted two luggage of fluids after being carted to the infield medical middle after the race.

“Each muscle in my physique cramped up … each muscle from the highest of my abs to the underside of my ft simply seized proper up,” LaJoie mentioned.

“I attempted to stroll it off, however my ft would not work, my legs would not work so I simply needed to lay down.”

Haley Disqualified

NASCAR disqualified the Justin Haley automotive after his Seventeenth-place end. His automotive failed to fulfill minimal postrace weight necessities.

The workforce can enchantment the penalty. 

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix highlights

Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports activities. He has spent many years protecting motorsports, together with over 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting Information, NASCAR Scene journal and The (Daytona Seashore) Information-Journal. Comply with him on Twitter @bobpockrass.

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