William Byron couldn’t believe himself after winning the Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, just the third race of the 2021 season.
The first two Cup races of the 2021 season saw two first-time winners. This time, it might not be a first-time winner but it was still a surprise as Byron had only won one Cup race in his career, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 last season.
Denny Hamlin tries to hold off Martin Truex Jr., but @WilliamByron slides underneath them both to take Stage 2!
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) February 28, 2021
It was in August that Byron won his first Cup race but this time around he didn’t have to wait so long for his 2021 victory and booking a place in the playoffs.
Speaking after the race, the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports driver said:
“I can’t even believe it, honestly. It was just a really smooth day. We worked hard in the winter on this track and can’t believe it.
“This car is just awesome, it really is. A lot of hard work. We went to the sim 4-5 times this off-season and just pays off, man. It’s awesome.”
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 1, 2021
On his way to the win, Byron led 102 laps, which was his career-best for a single race. The HMS driver credited his crew chief Rudy Fugle for making him who he is today.
“That guy has been huge for my career. He’s the reason I’m here and I’m glad we could get him. He’s just awesome.”
Just like his crew chief said to Byron, “You better get used to it, boys,” Byron is all out to showcase his talent this season. The win at Homestead-Miami Speedway seems just the beginning.