NASCAR: William Byron Wins Stage 1 of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

by Joe Rutland
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NASCAR driver William Byron won Stage 1 of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. He moved himself to the front of the pack and won it. As Stage 2 started up, he was sitting in 19th place but there’s a lot of racing left to do in the 105-lap stage. Byron had spent a chunk of his Saturday down with the Late Model cars. But that work he keeps putting in around NASCAR paid off on Sunday afternoon.

NASCAR Driver William Byron Wins Stage 1 at Atlanta over Denny Hamlin

Byron scores the win in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Denny Hamlin was second, followed by Daniel Suarez, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Erik Jones, Kurt Busch, and Alex Bowman. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 continues on FOX.

As we mentioned, Byron was hanging out with the Late Models and enjoying it. There’s something about racing them that he likes a lot.

“I guess I really have enjoyed running Late Models this year,” Byron said in an interview with NASCAR.com. “So I’ve tried to do more of the bigger races and try to get, you know, an experience for all these different series that I am doing.

Byron Notices How Much Super Late Model Car Vibrates

“It takes me honestly a long run to figure out what I need in the car but yeah, it takes a little bit,” he said. “A little bit more than the Cup car. A Super Late Model also vibrates a lot more so, you know, the way you sense everything is a little different than the Cup Car. That’s what I like. Kind of adapting to it and, you know, doing something different.”

William Byron did finish in the Top 5 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this season. The Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube was intense and exciting. Bowman edged out Kyle Larson in overtime to bring home the win. 

Byron finished in 18th at Phoenix Raceway. But NASCAR on FOX analyst Clint Bowyer hopped on NASCAR Race Hub to chat with HMS vice president of competition Chad Knaus and host Adam Alexander. That show had a strange graphic showing Byron’s odd pose.

So, Sportscasting noted that Knaus was joking about NASCAR on FOX analyst Jeff Gordon’s work with the team. Knaus said Gordon would be leading a self-defense class at Hendrick Motorsports. Bowyer, who was still hot off his Twitter hack, took a shot. Boy did he.

“You might need one with that group,” Bowyer said about the need for a self-defense expert. “They’re good at a lot of things, but I wouldn’t think that cage match would be one of those things with your bunch.”

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