No. 24 NASCAR Chevy Sweeps Spring 2023 Las Vegas Win: Video0
William Byron and the No. 24 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 barely missed out on securing the pole position during qualifying for the Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but nothing could stand in the way of Byron’s charge from a second-place starting position to crossing the line in first place.
Byron’s No. 24 Camaro swept both Stage 1 and Stage 2, holding off charges from his NASCAR Chevy teammate, Kyle Larson in the No. 5 Camaro on his way past the start/finish line. In the latter laps of the race, Larson’s No. 5 Camaro led Byron’s No. 24 Camaro by almost two seconds when a late-race caution changed everything.
The No. 10 Ford Mustang of Aric Almirola went for a spin with four laps left, prompting a NASCAR Overtime finish. Byron’s crew called the No. 24 Camaro into the pits, and he eked out just ahead of Larson’s No. 5 Camaro to restart on the outside of the front row beside Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota TRD Camry, who had elected to stay out. When the green flag dropped, Truex’s No. 19 Camry plummeted backward while the cars with fresher tires charged past, and Byron’s No. 24 Camaro secured the lead once more and led all the way to the checkered flag.
“Just been really confident about the group of guys that I have on this 24 team,” said Byron. “They work extremely hard, and we spent a lot of time in the offseason just going through running at the [simulator] with Chevy and running on iRacing and just trying to get better as a race car driver and as a team.”
It was a one-two-three finish for Byron’s No. 24 Camaro and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, as he led Larson’s No. 5 in second place and the No. 48 Camaro of Alex Bowman in third. Byron gave a shoutout to the fourth Hendrick driver, Chase Elliott, who was injured last Friday and unable to drive the No. 9 NASCAR Chevy Camaro this weekend.
“Thinking of Chase back home,” Byron said. “Wish he was out here with us. He’s a great race car driver, great teammate. Wish he was out here.”
So far, The Bow Tie has swept all three point-paying Cup Series races this year, as Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 47 Camaro won the Daytona 500, and Kyle Busch’s No. 8 Camaro captured the win at Fontana.
|Finish||Start||Car Number||Driver||Team||Laps Run||Laps Led||Car|
|1||2||24||William Byron||RaptorTough.com Chevrolet||271||176||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|2||6||5||Kyle Larson||HendrickCars.com Chevrolet||271||63||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|3||11||48||Alex Bowman||Ally Chevrolet||271||2||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|4||13||23||Bubba Wallace||Columbia Sportwear Company Toyota||271||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|5||10||20||Christopher Bell||SiriusXM Toyota||271||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|6||9||2||Austin Cindric||Discount Tire Ford||271||0||Ford Mustang|
|7||15||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Bass Pro Shops Toyota||271||3||Toyota TRD Camry|
|8||27||31||Justin Haley||LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet||271||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|9||14||4||Kevin Harvick||Rheem Ford||271||0||Ford Mustang|
|10||24||99||Daniel Suarez||Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet||271||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|11||12||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Express Toyota||271||10||Toyota TRD Camry|
|12||8||1||Ross Chastain||GlobalTranz Chevrolet||271||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|13||3||12||Ryan Blaney||Menards/Pennzoil Ford||271||0||Ford Mustang|
|14||5||8||Kyle Busch||Alsco Chevrolet||271||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|15||34||45||Tyler Reddick||Monster Energy Toyota||271||3||Toyota TRD Camry|
|16||21||10||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Ford||271||0||Ford Mustang|
|17||7||6||Brad Keselowski||Fastenal Ford||271||5||Ford Mustang|
|18||23||16||AJ Allmendinger||Action Industries Chevrolet||271||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|19||22||43||Erik Jones||Allegiant Chevrolet||270||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|20||19||7||Corey LaJoie||EnviroXstream Chevrolet||270||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|21||18||17||Chris Buescher||Nexletol Ford||270||0||Ford Mustang|
|22||4||54||Ty Gibbs #||He Get us Toyota||270||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|23||31||41||Ryan Preece||HaasTooling.com Ford||270||0||Ford Mustang|
|24||16||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Smith's/Coca-Coal Zero Sugar Chevrolet||270||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|25||17||34||Michael McDowell||Quincy Compressor Ford||270||0||Ford Mustang|
|26||35||21||Harrison Burton||Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford||269||0||Ford Mustang|
|27||26||3||Austin Dillon||BREZTRI Chevrolet||269||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|28||20||14||Chase Briscoe||Mahindra Tractors Ford||269||0||Ford Mustang|
|29||32||9||Josh Berry(i)||NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet||269||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|30||25||42||Noah Gragson #||Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet||269||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|31||28||38||Todd Gilliland||Ruedebusch Ford||268||0||Ford Mustang|
|32||36||78||BJ McLeod||Circle B Diecast Chevrolet||266||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|33||29||15||JJ Yeley||OTR Mobile Ford||265||0||Ford Mustang|
|34||33||77||Ty Dillon||NationsGuard Chevrolet||265||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|35||30||51||Cody Ware||Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford||259||0||Ford Mustang|
|36||1||22||Joey Logano||Pennzoil Ford||183||9||Ford Mustang|
# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver
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