William Byron provides post-mortem of final restart in Las Vegas

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 28: William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta 24 Tribute Chevrolet, waits in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

What happened in Vegas might not stay in Vegas this time.

With two laps left in last Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, William Byron restarted second beside race leader and eventual winner Joey Logano.

Byron didn’t hold that spot for long. Matt DiBenedetto, restarting third, had a strong run to the inside of Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, but DiBenedetto slid up the track into Byron’s left-side door and caused a tire rub on Byron’s Camaro.

Byron’s tire went flat during the two-lap dash to the finish, relegating the 22-year-old driver to an 11th-place finish. DiBenedetto ran second to Logano, matching his career-best result.

DiBenedetto reached out to Byron after the race.

Yeah, he texted me,” said Byron, who made it clear he won’t forget what happened in Vegas. “We’ll just race guys like they race me. That’s pretty much how it goes.”

Was there anything Byron could have done differently on the final restart?

“I think the third-place guy was in a big advantage last week—that’s the guy who had the best restart,” Byron said. “But I think you’ve just got to learn from it, see what you can do with your mirrors and try to make a quicker adjustment. And my spotter and I talked a little bit, too, so that’s really all it is.”