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      William Byron brings Axalta’s colors to the ‘Monster Mile’

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      Drydene 400
      Dover International Speedway

      Sunday, May 16 | 2 p.m. ET

      10-FOR-10: After another strong showing during Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway, William Byron extended his consecutive top-10 finishes to 10 races. Dating back to his win at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Feb. 28, the 23-year-old driver’s top-10 streak is the longest active streak in the NASCAR Cup Series and is the most top-10 results by a Cup driver so far this season. Not only is Byron the youngest driver to hold a top-10 streak of 10 races or more, but he now joins Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon as the only Hendrick Motorsports drivers to have 10 or more consecutive top-10 finishes with the organization. Gordon has accomplished this three separate times and was the most recent Hendrick Motorsports driver to do so in 2007.

      ONE-THIRD MARK: With a third of the 2021 Cup Series season in the books, Byron and the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE continue to be consistent every week. After 12 races, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native has collected one win, four top-five finishes and 10 top 10s all while leading 150 laps. With the third-best average running position throughout the Cup field of 8.85 and an average finishing position of 9.67, Byron is sitting third in the driver points standings – the highest ranking of his Cup career.

      DOVER DIGEST: With six Cup Series starts under his belt at Dover International Speedway, Byron will be making his seventh start at the track Sunday. He has a track-best starting position of second from May 2019 when Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott edged him out for the pole. With one top-five finish and two top 10s at the “Monster Mile,” Byron’s track-best finish of fourth came in the second race of the August doubleheader last season.

      ‘MONSTER MILE’ MINUTES: While this Sunday’s race will be crew chief Rudy Fugle’s first at the Cup Series level at Dover International Speedway, the Livonia, New York, native has eight starts at the 1-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In those eight races, Fugle has accumulated one win, two top-five finishes and two top 10s. One of those previous starts was with Byron in 2016, when the duo started on the pole and raced to an 11th-place result.

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      BYRON ON RACING AT DOVER: “Dover is just a tough, tough place. There are drastic shifts in the track and you have to be able to pick up on those trends early in a run. I feel like we have a good package prepared for Dover, though. It goes back to the Chad Knaus days with Jimmie (Johnson) while incorporating in some of Chase (Elliott’s) feedback with his success there. We’ve had really fast cars there and I feel like we’re able to take those setup notes and morph it into something that fits all of our driving styles. I think, because of that, we’ll be strong there again. I feel like there is no reason why we wouldn’t be. It’s going to be about making your car turn in the right spots and not get it too loose, because once it’s too loose, it’s just a real handful.”

      FUGLE ON DOVER: “I think Dover is pretty unique. It’s got its own characteristics and they kind of apply to everything, no matter what you’re racing there. I think a lot of those characteristics and those thoughts can be applied to a Cup car, and I can use all these great notes from Hendrick Motorsports. Obviously, they’ve had a lot of success here in the past, so you add those things together and, hopefully, get a winning race car.”

      HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

      30-FOR-30: At Darlington Raceway Sunday, Kyle Larson (second), William Byron (fourth) and Chase Elliott (seventh) each finished in the top 10, extending a streak of at least one Hendrick Motorsports driver posting a top-10 result to 30 straight races. Team Penske ranks second with nine consecutive top 10s.

      BLACKJACK: Sitting on 20, Hendrick Motorsports is chasing a 21st victory at Dover International Speedway. Six drivers have won for the organization at the “Monster Mile”: Jimmie Johnson (11), Jeff Gordon (five), Elliott (one), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one). Hendrick Motorsports holds the record for most wins at a track by a team with 25 victories at Martinsville Speedway.

      Via Hendrick Motorsports