William Byron seems to be methodically improving each week he straps into his racecar for Hendrick Motorsports. He has a tremendous amount of talent and his upside looks positive. He seems to shine extremely bright when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule consolidates their track activity. The 2018 Rookie of The Year recipient has captures the Buch Beer Pole Award three times this season, but the aerodynamics package doesn’t always reward hot laps in qualifying.
In fact, drivers like Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, who are among the winningest driver on the circuit this season, haven’t won a Pole this season. Byron patiently wove his way through the field. Oncw he advanced to the Top-5, passing drivers became more difficult. He wasn’t phased, surprisingly. He had to battle Ryan Blaney for 2nd-place in the final Stage, which was very tough for him at times. But, when he overtook 2nd-place, he was unreachable. Unfortunately, Martin Truex Jr. who led 464 laps, was unstoppable. Truex won the First Data 500; but Byron showed everyone he can compete for victories if he is given the car.
Over the years, Byron has shown strength in very crucial areas buy one weakness, in particular, makes him an average driver. The very talented dricers, like yesterday’s winner Truex Jr. have the ability to optimize their car’s performance and finish higher than anticipated. As of right now, Byron hasn’t shown that ability. He’s in his second full-time season in the Cup Series; but he hasn’t had mire than four years to develop skills and gain necessary experience to accomplish a goal as such. If he hasn’t developed that skill by 2021, he won’t be a bust; but he’ll be recognized as an average driver.