And it served them well throughout the race.
From Knaus’ decision to forego track position to pit for four new tires late in the race, to Byron’s daring three-wide move to split Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace and avoid an ensuing multi-car wreck with one lap remaining in regulation, Byron and his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team took full advantage of “one of those do-or-die situations.”
The effort paid off leaving Byron on the front row alongside leader Denny Hamlin on the restart to the final two-lap overtime.
He took advantage, quickly getting past Hamlin and holding off Chase Elliott to capture his first series victory which also locked him into the 2020 playoffs.
“There was a point in that race that I didn’t really think things were going to work out in our favor to make the playoffs, really have an opportunity next week,” Byron, 22, said. “Kind of crossed that fork in the road tonight. We were able to be aggressive and make it happen.
“Really just the final probably 10 laps of the race I was on offense, trying to just win the race and take whatever run I could. Luckily was able to make the moves that I needed to. Got just enough daylight between (Logano) and (Wallace) to kind of split that gap.
“From there, the final restart got a great push from (Clint Bowyer). I was…