NASCAR: William Byron Takes His Second Straight Victory At Phoenix

William Byron received his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Sequence race, benefiting from a pair of late warnings to provide the Hendrick Motorsports workforce an extra time win at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday.

Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet bought off to an awesome begin in extra time with two laps to go, and simply as he did every week earlier in Las Vegas, he handed teammate Kyle Larson for the win. He additionally needed to maintain off Ryan Blaney who completed second whereas Tyler Reddick was third.

Byron denied Kevin Harvick an opportunity to win his tenth Phoenix race. Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Ford handed Larson for the lead with 44 laps remaining, benefiting from the long term underneath inexperienced flag situations that favored his automobile all afternoon.

However a warning with 10 laps remaining ended Harvick’s hopes.

A number of drivers modified simply two tires on the subsequent pit cease, however Harvick took 4, dropping to seventh for the restart with three laps remaining. He completed fifth.

One other warning instantly after the restart despatched the race into extra time.

Larson, whose No. 5 Chevrolet was quickest throughout Friday follow and in addition throughout Saturday’s qualifying, was fading after Harvick’s move, however late cautions gave him an opportunity till Byron’s late push. Larson completed fourth.

Harvick was attempting to develop into the sixth driver in Cup historical past to win 10 instances at one observe, an unique membership that features Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson. The 47-year-old has mentioned that this shall be his final season.

Byron and Larson had the quickest vehicles for many of the race. It continued a dominating streak by the 2 Hendrick drivers, who had been 1-2 for a lot of the Las Vegas race.

Byron received the primary stage, main 59 of the primary 60 laps. Larson received the second stage.

Harvick’s try at a tenth win at Phoenix understandably garnered essentially the most consideration, however the race was additionally his twentieth straight top-10 end on the observe. That streak dates again to 2013 and is essentially the most consecutive top-10 finishes at one observe in Cup historical past.