With six top-10 finishes, three pole positions and 180 laps led, crew chief Chad Knaus believes his relationship with sophomore driver William Byron is headed in the right direction as the No. 24 team sits 12th in the NASCAR standings.
“Of course, you have to be cognizant of what’s going on around you and paying attention to the players who are in the same vicinity of you in points,” Knaus told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We’ve been fortunate enough to get a little bit of a spread. It allows us to race a little more, well, I don’t want to say aggressive, but put ourselves in a position to go for a win.”
Byron scored the best result of his young Cup Series career with a runner-up finish in Daytona two weeks ago, moving closer to his first win in NASCAR’s highest level, something teammate Alex Bowman accomplished at Chicagoland in June.
“Obviously, a huge congratulations to the No. 88 team and pulling off their win a few weeks ago,” Knaus said. “We’ve had a bunch of good qualifying efforts and a bunch of good top-10 finishing positions for all the teams. We’re working really hard at Hendrick Motorsports. We are just trying to get the whole company where it needs to be. We’re making good, solid gains.”