William Byron wins NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville

Shane Connuck, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

RIDGEWAY, Va. — William Byron delivered Hendrick Motorsports another win at Martinsville.

Each of the four drivers for NASCAR’s top team piloted special ruby red Chevrolet Camaros amid their 40th anniversary celebration, and they all ran toward the front throughout Sunday’s Cup Series race.

Byron, the 26-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native, grabbed the lead during the final stage and didn’t look back. He finished right in front of two of his teammates, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman came in eighth. Bubba Wallace finished fourth, and Ryan Blaney took fifth.


Larson started the race from the pole and led the entirety of Stage 1. Joey Logano opted to take two tires instead of four, jumped off pit road and led the field to green for the next stage. Logano led for most of Stage 2 before giving up the lead to Denny Hamlin.

Elliott, battling Hamlin, surged to the lead early in the final stage. He was eventually passed by Hamlin himself, and Byron made his pit stops at crucial times that allowed him to move into the race lead.

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