William Byron and his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy is gaining steam after his first Top-10 finish of 2019 Sunday in the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts 500. The race was won by Joey Logano, but Byron’s surge to finish 6th represented the biggest points standings jump (21 to 13) of the week.

Byron, the youngest driver on the circuit (21), is in his second season after winning the Sunoco Rookie of the year in 2018, finishing No. 23 in the final standings and grabbing four Top-10 finishes.

Sunday, Byron led for 14 laps after starting in the 23rd starting position. After lap 42, Byron never fell out of the Top 10 and was within three positions of the lead for 102 laps.

Byron, who won the pole at the Daytona 500 in February, has posted an average qualifying speed this season of 182.3 mph. Sunday, Byron’s top speed was 197.8 mph and he qualified at 185.5 mph.

Career William Byron Stats

YEAR WINS Top 5 Top 10 STAGES LAPS LED POLES
2019 0 0 1 3 15 0
2018 0 0 4 5 0 4