HOMESTEAD, Fla – For the third straight year, Chevrolet was shutout of the Championship 4 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But, if that streak is going to end in 2020, look for William Byron to bring them back to prominence.
Byron, ends the 2019 Cup season 11th in points. Only two other Chevy drivers were ahead of him. One was Kyle Larson (6th) and the other was his Hendrick Motorsports teammate of Chase Elliott (10th).
That’s right, Byron was the second best Hendrick driver when it was all said and done and was only one point shy of Elliott. This is after Elliott scored three wins in 2019 and Byron zero but it was Byron who scored 2,274 points compared to Elliott’s 2,275. He missed the top 10 by one point.
That’s a solid campaign, one that Byron can have massive momentum heading to 2020.
Byron, had no top five finishes in his first 53 Cup races. Over his last 19, he brought his No. 24 Chevrolet into the top five, five times and that even with bad luck over his final three starts to the season.
Even so, Byron grew a lot from 2018 to 2019. With Chad Knaus, he won the pole for the Daytona 500. He also went from zero top fives to five, four top 10’s to 13, zero poles to five and 61 laps led to 233.
Imagine what another jump from that could be in 2020?
Plus, this is the first time that Byron had raced in a series in back-to-back years. He ran one year of Trucks in 2016 and one year in XFINITY in 2017. He’s still very new to this and is already looking strong.