The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are brutal. It’s hard to advance on through the three rounds to the Championship 4. Unless you have a ton of playoff points banked, you have to be damn near perfect.
William Byron is finding out the hard way. The Hendrick Motorsports driver just scored his fifth top six result in the last eight races with a sixth place run Sunday in the Bank of America ROVAL 400.
But, Byron isn’t necessarily thrilled with that finish out of his No. 24 Chevrolet. If not for a penalty, he felt like he would have had a shot at a win in fact.
“Yeah today was a tough one,” Byron said. “I’m really frustrated with the speeding penalty. I felt like I was to the good and I obviously wasn’t so I’ll have to go back and look at it.
“Overall, today was a good day though. We led a lot of laps and felt like our car was capable of running up front with (Chase Elliott). I would have liked to see what we could have done there at the end and battled with him.
“Either way it was a good day for us and we’ll go on to Kansas and try get a win.”
This streak started with a fourth place finish in Dover 2. He’d win a week later to stamp his name into the postseason in his first career Cup victory in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona back on Aug. 29. He then back that up with a fifth place result in the opening playoff race at Darlington for the Southern 500.
But, a 21st place finish at Richmond and getting caught up in a chain reaction crash in Bristol (38th) ended his championship hopes.
While they could have packed it in this round, he comes away with two top six finishes in three starts in the Round of 12, both coming in the two wild card races at Talladega and the ROVAL.