William Byron Moonlights into Xfinity Pole at Watkins Glen

(WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUG 20, 2022 – RIS) William Byron ran third in practice, then headed his group in round one of qualifying on the way to a new track qualifying record of 1:10.548 at an average lap speed of 125.021 mph, beating out Ty Gibbs by 0.292 sec. Gibbs’ average speed is just over a half mph slower. Byron and Gibbs were the only drivers who recorded times quicker than a minute and eleven seconds in the morning sessions. Joey Logano held the previous qualifying record at 1:10.814 and 124.552 mph, set in 2016.

William Byron(i) won the Pole Award for the Sunoco Go Rewards 200 with a lap of 70.548 seconds, 125.021 mph - a new track record.

This is the 24-year-old’s third pole in 36 career NASCAR Xfinity Series races and first pole at the Glen’s historic road course.

Ty Gibbs posted his 17th top-10 start for the 2022 season and his first in two races at Watkins Glen, followed by Kyle Larson in third. The top rookie starter will be Austin Hill in eighth on the grid.

Practice: Sunoco Go Rewards 200 Watkins - Glen International
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, 1:11.885, 122.696, 3, 5, ---.---, ---.---
2) Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Cub Cadet Toyota, 1:12.119, 122.298, 2, 9, -0.234, -0.234
3) William Byron(i), No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:12.125, 122.288, 4, 11, -0.240, -0.006
4) Cole Custer(i), No. 07 Bucked Up Energy Drink Ford, 1:12.459, 121.724, 10, 11, -0.574, -0.334
5) Kyle Larson(i), No. 88 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:12.542, 121.585, 2, 9, -0.657, -0.083
6) Kaz Grala(i), No. 48 Ruedebusch.com Big Machine Chevrolet, 1:12.656, 121.394, 7, 8, -0.771, -0.114
7) Austin Hill #, No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet, 1:12.661, 121.386, 8, 12, -0.776, -0.005
8) Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 1:12.715, 121.295, 2, 12, -0.830, -0.054
9) Alex Labbe, No. 36 Larue Industrial Snowblowers Chevrolet, 1:12.760, 121.220, 4, 6, -0.875, -0.045
10) Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 1:12.819, 121.122, 6, 12, -0.934, -0.059
11) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 1:12.849, 121.072, 4, 12, -0.964, -0.030
12) Sam Mayer, No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 1:12.858, 121.057, 3, 10, -0.973, -0.009
13) Ross Chastain(i), No. 92 Protect Your Melon Chevrolet, 1:12.889, 121.006, 4, 11, -1.004, -0.031
14) Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 - Athletic Greens Chevrolet, 1:12.916, 120.961, 4, 8, -1.031, -0.027
15) Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet Chevrolet, 1:13.054, 120.733, 6, 10, -1.169, -0.138
16) Sammy Smith, No. 18 Pilot Flying J Toyota, 1:13.063, 120.718, 9, 11, -1.178, -0.009
17) Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Magickwoods Toyota, 1:13.090, 120.673, 6, 13, -1.205, -0.027
18) Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 1:13.103, 120.652, 5, 12, -1.218, -0.013
19) Josh Berry, No. 8 Tire Pros Summer for Heroes Chevrolet, 1:13.158, 120.561, 8, 12, -1.273, -0.055
20) Connor Mosack(i), No. 26 Rad Cats Toyota, 1:13.245, 120.418, 4, 15, -1.360, -0.087
21) Patrick Gallagher, No. 38 Belle Haven Ford, 1:13.253, 120.405, 7, 9, -1.368, -0.008
22) Stefan Parsons(i), No. 44 Kelly Mitsubishi Chevrolet, 1:13.287, 120.349, 8, 11, -1.402, -0.034
23) Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 Death Wish Coffee Chevrolet, 1:13.313, 120.306, 4, 12, -1.428, -0.026
24) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 45 Sargento Chevrolet, 1:13.420, 120.131, 6, 11, -1.535, -0.107
25) Landon Cassill, No. 10 Carnomaly Chevrolet, 1:13.469, 120.051, 6, 7, -1.584, -0.049
26) Myatt Snider, No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, 1:13.520, 119.967, 7, 9, -1.635, -0.051
27) Kyle Weatherman, No. 34 SELE Foundation Chevrolet, 1:13.530, 119.951, 5, 7, -1.645, -0.010
28) Andy Lally, No. 08 Refology Ford, 1:13.727, 119.631, 7, 7, -1.842, -0.197
29) Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 R Stone/Coble Enterprises Chevrole, 1:14.008, 119.176, 3, 3, -2.123, -0.281
30) Jeb Burton, No. 27 Ergodyne Work Gear Chevrolet, 1:14.069, 119.078, 2, 7, -2.184, -0.061
31) Preston Pardus, No. 91 Chinchor Electric/GSD Chevrolet, 1:14.139, 118.966, 7, 9, -2.254, -0.070
32) Brandon Brown, No. 5 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet, 1:14.252, 118.785, 6, 8, -2.367, -0.113
33) Scott Heckert, No. 78 Malco Automotive Chevrolet, 1:14.328, 118.663, 5, 7, -2.443, -0.076
34) Brad Perez(i), No. 35 WEISS Toyota, 1:14.449, 118.470, 8, 8, -2.564, -0.121
35) Austin Wayne Self(i), No. 32 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 1:14.752, 117.990, 7, 9, -2.867, -0.303
36) Spencer Pumpelly, No. 6 TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet, 1:14.882, 117.785, 9, 10, -2.997, -0.130
37) Bayley Currey, No. 4 Hy-Vee Chevrolet, 1:14.941, 117.693, 8, 12, -3.056, -0.059
38) Kris Wright(i), No. 68 First National Bank Chevrolet, 1:15.107, 117.432, 8, 11, -3.222, -0.166
39) Blaine Perkins(i), No. 02 Robinson Fresh Chevrolet, 1:15.178, 117.322, 2, 4, -3.293, -0.071
40) Stanton Barrett, No. 47 Horseheads Brewing Chevrolet, 1:15.479, 116.854, 7, 7, -3.594, -0.301
41) Ryan Sieg, No. 39 A-GAME Ford, -0.000, 0.000, 0, 0, -0.000, -0.000

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed
1) William Byron(i), No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1, 10, 121.022
2) Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 3, 12, 120.347
3) Sam Mayer, No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 1, 10, 120.274
4) Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Magickwoods Toyota, 4, 13, 120.109
5) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 45 Sargento Chevrolet, 2, 11, 119.452
6) Connor Mosack(i), No. 26 Rad Cats Toyota, 4, 13, 119.021
Must run 10 consecutive laps to be included.

Time Trial Results: Sunoco Go Rewards 200 - Watkins Glen International
Round 1A
Pos, Driver, Car, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Cub Cadet Toyota, 1:11.223, 123.836, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Austin Hill #, No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet, 1:11.439, 123.462, 0, 3, 0.216, 0.216
3) Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 1:11.499, 123.358, 0, 2, 0.276, 0.060
4) Kyle Larson(i), No. 88 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:11.509, 123.341, 0, 1, 0.286, 0.010
5) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, 1:11.516, 123.329, 0, 2, 0.293, 0.007
6) Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 1:11.787, 122.863, 0, 3, 0.564, 0.271
7) Alex Labbe, No. 36 Larue Industrial Snowblowers Chevrolet, 1:12.016, 122.473, 0, 3, 0.793, 0.229
8) Sammy Smith, No. 18 Pilot Flying J Toyota, 1:12.064, 122.391, 0, 3, 0.841, 0.048
9) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 45 Sargento Chevrolet, 1:12.291, 122.007, 0, 2, 1.068, 0.227
10) Patrick Gallagher, No. 38 Belle Haven Ford, 1:12.617, 121.459, 0, 2, 1.394, 0.326
11) Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 Death Wish Coffee Chevrolet, 1:12.786, 121.177, 0, 2, 1.563, 0.169
12) Brad Perez(i), No. 35 WEISS Toyota, 1:12.800, 121.154, 0, 4, 1.577, 0.014
13) Jeb Burton, No. 27 Ergodyne Work Gear Chevrolet, 1:12.825, 121.112, 0, 3, 1.602, 0.025
14) Myatt Snider, No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, 1:12.873, 121.032, 0, 4, 1.650, 0.048
15) Scott Heckert, No. 78 Malco Automotive Chevrolet, 1:13.416, 120.137, 0, 4, 2.193, 0.543
16) Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 R Stone/Coble Enterprises Chevrolet, 1:13.639, 119.773, 0, 1, 2.416, 0.223
17) Austin Wayne Self(i), No. 32 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 1:13.985, 119.213, 0, 8, 2.762, 0.346
18) Bayley Currey, No. 4 Hy-Vee Chevrolet, 1:14.078, 119.064, 0, 6, 2.855, 0.093
19) Spencer Pumpelly, No. 6 TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet, 1:14.284, 118.734, 0, 7, 3.061, 0.206
20) Blaine Perkins(i), No. 02 Robinson Fresh Chevrolet, 1:15.083, 117.470, 0, 5, 3.860, 0.799
21) Stanton Barrett, No. 47 Horseheads Brewing Chevrolet, 1:15.990, 116.068, 0, 4, 4.767, 0.907

Round 1B
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) William Byron(i), No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:10.789, 124.596, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Cole Custer(i), No. 07 Bucked Up Energy Drink Ford, 1:11.337, 123.639, 0, 1, 0.548, 0.548
3) Sam Mayer, No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 1:11.357, 123.604, 0, 1, 0.568, 0.020
4) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 1:11.721, 122.977, 0, 1, 0.932, 0.364
5) Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 - Athletic Greens Chevrolet, 1:11.884, 122.698, 0, 4, 1.095, 0.163
6) Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Magickwoods Toyota, 1:11.934, 122.612, 0, 3, 1.145, 0.050
7) Connor Mosack(i), No. 26 Rad Cats Toyota, 1:11.937, 122.607, 0, 3, 1.148, 0.003
8) Kaz Grala(i), No. 48 Ruedebusch.com Big Machine Chevrolet, 1:11.956, 122.575, 0, 4, 1.167, 0.019
9) Ross Chastain(i), No. 92 Protect Your Melon Chevrolet, 1:11.971, 122.549, 0, 3, 1.182, 0.015
10) Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 1:11.994, 122.510, 0, 3, 1.205, 0.023
11) Josh Berry, No. 8 Tire Pros Summer for Heroes Chevrolet, 1:12.007, 122.488, 0, 3, 1.218, 0.013
12) Landon Cassill, No. 10 Carnomaly Chevrolet, 1:12.273, 122.037, 0, 4, 1.484, 0.266
13) Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet Chevrolet, 1:12.302, 121.988, 0, 4, 1.513, 0.029
14) Stefan Parsons(i), No. 44 Kelly Mitsubishi Chevrolet, 1:12.587, 121.509, 0, 3, 1.798, 0.285
15) Kyle Weatherman, No. 34 SELE Foundation Chevrolet, 1:12.707, 121.309, 0, 2, 1.918, 0.120
16) Brandon Brown, No. 5 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet, 1:13.192, 120.505, 0, 2, 2.403, 0.485
17) Preston Pardus, No. 91 Chinchor Electric/GSD Chevrolet, 1:13.270, 120.377, 0, 4, 2.481, 0.078
18) Andy Lally, No. 08 Refology Ford, 1:13.536, 119.941, 0, 6, 2.747, 0.266
19) Ryan Sieg, No. 39 (OP) A-GAME Ford, 1:13.597, 119.842, 0, 4, 2.808, 0.061
20) Kris Wright(i), No. 68 (OP) First National Bank Chevrolet, 1:13.820, 119.480, 0, 3, 3.031, 0.223

Final Round
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) William Byron(i), No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:10.548, 125.021, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Cub Cadet Toyota, 1:10.840, 124.506, 1, 1, 0.292, 0.292
3) Kyle Larson(i), No. 88 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:11.260, 123.772, 1, 1, 0.712, 0.420
4) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, 1:11.316, 123.675, 1, 1, 0.768, 0.056
5) Cole Custer(i), No. 07 Bucked Up Energy Drink Ford, 1:11.460, 123.426, 1, 1, 0.912, 0.144
6) Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 1:11.540, 123.288, 1, 1, 0.992, 0.080
7) Sam Mayer, No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 1:11.692, 123.026, 1, 1, 1.144, 0.152
8) Austin Hill #, No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet, 1:11.827, 122.795, 1, 1, 1.279, 0.135
9) Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 - Athletic Greens Chevrolet, 1:12.084, 122.357, 1, 1, 1.536, 0.257
10) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 0.000, 0.000, 0, 0, -----, -----

Starting Line Up: Sunoco Go Rewards 200 - Watkins Glen International
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) William Byron(i), No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:10.548, 125.021
2) Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Cub Cadet Toyota, 1:10.840, 124.506
3) Kyle Larson(i), No. 88 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 1:11.260, 123.772
4) AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, 1:11.316, 123.675
5) Cole Custer(i), No. 07 Bucked Up Energy Drink Ford, 1:11.460, 123.426
6) Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 1:11.540, 123.288
7) Sam Mayer, No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 1:11.692, 123.026
8) Austin Hill #, No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics , 1:11.827, 122.795
9) Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 - Athletic Greens Chevrolet, 1:12.084, 122.357
10) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 0.000, 0.000
11) Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 1:11.787, 122.863
12) Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Magickwoods Toyota, 1:11.934, 122.612
13) Connor Mosack(i), No. 26 Rad Cats Toyota, 1:11.937, 122.607
14) Kaz Grala(i), No. 48 Ruedebusch.com Big Machine Chevrolet, 1:11.956, 122.575
15) Ross Chastain(i), No. 92 Protect Your Melon Chevrolet, 1:11.971, 122.549
16) Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 1:11.994, 122.510
17) Josh Berry, No. 8 Tire Pros Summer for Heroes Chevrolet, 1:12.007, 122.488
18) Alex Labbe, No. 36 Larue Industrial Snowblowers Chevrolet, 1:12.016, 122.473
19) Sammy Smith, No. 18 Pilot Flying J Toyota, 1:12.064, 122.391
20) Landon Cassill, No. 10 Carnomaly Chevrolet, 1:12.273, 122.037
21) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 45 Sargento Chevrolet, 1:12.291, 122.007
22) Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet Chevrolet, 1:12.302, 121.988
23) Stefan Parsons(i), No. 44 Kelly Mitsubishi Chevrolet, 1:12.587, 121.509
24) Patrick Gallagher, No. 38 Belle Haven Ford, 1:12.617, 121.459
25) Kyle Weatherman, No. 34 SELE Foundation Chevrolet, 1:12.707, 121.309
26) Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 Death Wish Coffee Chevrolet, 1:12.786, 121.177
27) Brad Perez(i), No. 35 WEISS Toyota, 1:12.800, 121.154
28) Jeb Burton, No. 27 Ergodyne Work Gear Chevrolet, 1:12.825, 121.112
29) Myatt Snider, No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, 1:12.873, 121.032
30) Brandon Brown, No. 5 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet, 1:13.192, 120.505
31) Preston Pardus, No. 91 Chinchor Electric/GSD Chevrolet, 1:13.270, 120.377
32) Scott Heckert, No. 78 Malco Automotive Chevrolet, 1:13.416, 120.137
33) Andy Lally, No. 08 Refology Ford, 1:13.536, 119.941
34) Ryan Sieg, No. 39 A-GAME Ford, Owner Points, 
35) Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 R Stone/Coble Enterprises Chevrolet, Owner Points, 
36) Kris Wright(i), No. 68 First National Bank Chevrolet, Owner Points, 
37) Bayley Currey, No. 4 Hy-Vee Chevrolet, Owner Points, 
38) Blaine Perkins(i), No. 02 Robinson Fresh Chevrolet, Owner Points,
(OP) Top 30 in Owner Points, (i)Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Did Not Qualify: No. 32 Austin Wayne Self(i), No. 6 Spencer Pumpelly, No. 47 Stanton Barrett

Track Qualifying Record: William Byron(i), 08/20/22, 1:10.548, 125.021 mph
Track Race Record: Kurt Busch, 08/13/11, 01:57:14, 106.582 mph

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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