Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, 20, is ranked 20th in the standings – 11 points over the series’ other Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. in 23rd position. Both will be making their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas this weekend.
It has, however, historically been a good venue for Byron and he likely considers it a prime track at which to score his first top-10 finish of the year in the No. 24 Chevrolet.
Byron won in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series there in 2016 in only his eighth series start. And he had a pair of top-10s (seventh and ninth) there in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year.
Wallace, driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Chevrolet, has six NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Texas, earning a pair of top 10s. His best showing is a sixth-place finish in the April race last year. He has a pair of top 10s in the Camping World Truck Series as well, with a best of sixth place in 2013.