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    Post-Race Reactions from NASCAR Drivers Following William Byron’s Victory at Martinsville

    ByNASCAR88

    Apr 7, 2024

    At Martinsville Speedway, drivers shared their thoughts on William Byron’s victory in Sunday’s Cup race, which went into overtime.

    William Byron – Winner: “It’s amazing. Winning at Martinsville is incredible. We’ve had a tough time at short tracks, but we gradually improved. My team is fantastic and they kept me focused. The late restart wasn’t ideal, but that’s just how it goes.”

    Kyle Larson — Finished 2nd: It was a fantastic day for Hendrick Motorsports as they celebrated their 40th season with 1500 people in attendance. Congratulations to William for his impressive performance, especially during the green flag stop where he outperformed all of us with his passing skills and pace. Despite feeling good about my car’s performance, we were all evenly matched in terms of speed. Unfortunately, I fell behind in the second stage and was unable to regain my position.

    The recent Cup results at Martinsville Speedway saw William Byron take home the victory.

    Martinsville saw all four drivers from Hendrick Motorsports secure a spot in the top 10.

    Chase Elliott — 3rd Place Finisher: “This season, our team has made great progress and we have been working well together. Our pit stops have been consistently strong and Alan Gustafson’s race calls have been excellent. Overall, things have been moving in a positive direction and I believe that if we continue this momentum, our time will come.”

    Bubba Wallace — Placed 4th: “I want to acknowledge the entire team at 23XI for their hard work. We put in a lot of effort during the week and I am starting to see how it all pays off. These guys are giving it their all and days like today make me appreciate their dedication. I am grateful for the support from the McDonald’s crew and all the staff at the shop. This was a much-needed result. My Toyota performed well today. We lost some ground during the final pit stop, but overall, I was satisfied with a sixth-place finish. This is why you never give up. Finishing in the top-five is a good day, and now we will focus on Texas.”

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    Ryan Blaney – Placed 5th: “We improved towards the end. It was a difficult struggle. Our pit stop caused us to restart at the back and passing was challenging. However, Jonathan (Hassler) made a wise decision to only change two tires at the beginning of the third stage. This allowed us to regain a position in the top 10. With some clean air, we were able to assess our car’s performance and make adjustments to improve it.”

    Joey Logano – Placed 6th: “Our performance was solid today. Our team managed to secure fifth or sixth place points in each stage, approximately. We were in the lead for a majority of the race, but unfortunately, during the end of a stage, our tire came apart which prevented us from winning that stage. Although we took the risk to lead, it did not affect our final position. After that setback, we lost control of the race and once the lead was lost, there was minimal passing among the competitors. The only car that managed to make a pass was the 12 car, which was quite impressive. The rest of us followed each other throughout the day.”

    Tyler Reddick – 7th Place Finish: “Considering our starting position of 19th, if someone had told me we would finish in 7th place with our MoneyLion Toyota Camry, I would have been extremely satisfied – and so is the entire team. We had to continuously work towards our goal throughout the day. Our performance in qualifying was not up to par, which put us at a disadvantage. However, our car showed great strength at the beginning of the race, but the handling deteriorated as the race went on. Passing became increasingly difficult, but we executed our race plan flawlessly. We avoided making mistakes and were able to take advantage of errors made by others.”

    Ryan Preece – Placed 9th: “Our car performed exceptionally well. It’s a shame that our qualifying position was not as good. I am aware that the 24 car started from the same position as us and was able to move up, likely with the assistance of various factors. While at Martinsville last year we had a decent car, it wasn’t as good as this one, so we are continuously striving for improvement. Finally, I am pleased with the direction we are heading in and I anticipate that we will continue to improve in the future.”

    Chase Briscoe expressed his frustration after finishing 10th in the race. He believed that they were capable of a better performance as they had shown throughout the race. However, they faced issues on pit road and lost valuable time on the track. Briscoe was confident that their car was strong enough to finish in the top three, but he was unsure about the performance of the leaders. He also noted that passing was difficult, and whoever was in the lead would likely hold onto it. Briscoe acknowledged that they need to work on their execution to fully capitalize on their good speed.

    Denny Hamlin – Placed 11th: “We were attempting to secure a win with our Sport Clips Toyota at all costs. Even with multiple cars involved, the tire wear was not significant enough to make a difference. We observed Joey staying out with 80-lap lefts and leading the stage. However, the tires did not wear enough, and we faced difficulties in passing throughout the day. When I emerged from that rotation in third or fourth place, I remained in that position for the rest of the race.”

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    Kyle Busch — Placed 16th: “Compared to our performance last year at Martinsville Speedway, we showed improvement this weekend. However, during the first run of the race, our Lucas Oil Chevrolet became looser as we progressed. Our pit stop for tire changes and adjustments helped, but we still had some looseness throughout and tightness at Turns 3 and 4. Despite the adjustments made at the end of Stage 2, we did not see much improvement and lost some positions. However, our crew chief Randall Burnett and the team persevered and continued to work on the car. By the end of the race, we were able to make some improvements and secure a decent finish. But we still have room for improvement to reach our desired level.”

    Noah Gragson — Placed 20th: “At the beginning, we struggled with the car’s balance and fell a lap behind. However, we were able to get the ‘Lucky Dog’ during the second stage and started to make progress. The track conditions seemed to change significantly as more rubber was laid down. We were able to find a good balance at the start of the run, but towards the end, the car became very loose. Despite not meeting our usual standards, I am proud of my team at Overstock and we will continue to work towards improvement. It was a challenging race, but also an enjoyable one.”

    Josh Berry — Placed 25th: “I enjoyed driving the car. Everyone in the race was going at a similar speed, making it difficult to overtake.”

    Josh Williams — Placed 27th: “We made it through the race and were able to complete all the laps. It was a bit of a rollercoaster day, but we were fortunate to move up a few positions during the green-white-checkered finish. I am grateful for the support of the entire Kaulig Racing team as I continue to grow and race at the top level.”

    Daniel Hemric – Placed 28th: “It was a challenging race for us today. We started off with a tight car, and I felt like the right-side tires wore out quickly. However, thanks to Trent Owens’ wise decisions, we were able to make progress and get the No. 31 Cirkul Chevy close to where it needed to be during the second stage. We took a risk and stayed out longer during the final stage, but unfortunately, we never got a caution. I am proud of the effort and dedication shown by the team this weekend, and we can use this experience for our next race here in the fall. We made significant improvements to the car and are heading in the right direction.”

    Austin Dillon – Placed 34th: The Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off-Road Chevrolet team had a challenging day at Martinsville Speedway. We encountered an issue with the left front tire locking up and it seems like the power steering was failing throughout the race. Despite losing power steering with 200 laps to go, I pushed hard to gain positions. Although I finished the race without power steering, I may feel a bit sore tomorrow. But we will continue to fight. While the result today wasn’t what we hoped for, we will aim to regain momentum at Texas Motor Speedway next week.

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