From 31st to First: William Byron Gives NASCAR another Surprise Winner at Homestead

NASCAR got another surprise winner for a third straight week. This time it was William Bryon. This was Bryon’s second win in his NASCAR Cup Series career.

He made it look effortless as he led in the final 58 laps and was unchallenged to the checkered flag. Even though his victory margin was smaller (2.7 seconds) ahead of Tyler Reddick, there are moments in the race he had a five-second lead. The win must have surprised many punters on Rhode Island sports betting, who are always looking for the best betting opportunity, like it did other fans, who were following the Nascar Cup eagerly. Bryan made the winning pass when he went past Martin Truex Jr. a few laps after the final restart of the Dixie Vodka 400.

Byron could have clinched a spot in the playoffs for the third consecutive season with Sunday’s win. He went into this race as a 28-1 shot to win a race many fans thought would provide a return to normalcy for the racing series.

However, Michael McDowell, the winner of the season opener Daytona 500 and Christopher Bell, who won the Daytona road course a week later, had to make room for another odd winner.

Before his victory on Sunday, he had tasted triumph back in 2020 during the regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway. He got a boost this season when he reunited with Ryan Fugle after Rick Hendricks hired him as the new crew chief.

Byron acknowledged that Rudy had been a significant influence in his career. He also claimed that the new crew chief was the reason he had made it that far. Fugle, who is just three races into his cup career, had teamed up with Byron in the Truck Series in 2016. They were running for Kyle Busch Motorsports at that time and scored a win Homestead. After Sunday’s checkered flag, Fugle said n the No.24 radio that the boys should get used to winning.

Fugle was initially at KBM for eight years. During his stint at KBM, he led the trucks program to two driver championships and five owner titles. His trucks won 28 races, and seven of those Byron was the driver.

On the other hand, Reddick put in a spectacular charge but came up one spot short. He ran eighth with 25 laps remaining, but he started making up the tie by going to the top of the track. He reduced more than 10 ten seconds on the leaders to finish second. Truex came in third, Kyle Larson settled for fourth, and Kevin Harvick finished fifth.

McDowell finished sixth to earn his third successive top-ten finishes after winning the Daytona 500. This is the first time in McDowell’s career that he has started the year with three consecutive top-ten finishes. McDowell acknowledged his accomplishments by stating that they had surpassed their expectations.

Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Busch bounced back after pitting from fourth-place due to a loose left-front wheel with 40 laps to go.

Alex Bowman finished ninth while Kyle Busch sealed the top ten. The previous week’s winner Bell put in a disappointing performance to finish 20th.

After this, the series heads west for a two-week stretch that will begin with the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano is the defending winner of the race.

Greg Engle