UPDATE: The No. 24 Anthony Cami Racing Chevrolet that was originally scored the winner failed ASA Southern Super Series post-race technical inspection. Series officials declared Jeremy Doss the race winner.
William Byron has gotten very used to winning in 2023, and on Friday night at 5 Flags Speedway he notched another victory as he took the checkered flag in the first night of the PepperJack Kennels Twin 100s.
Taking the lead for the first time with 39 laps to go and holding the lead on a restart with 36 laps to go, Byron drove his Anthony Campi-owned No. 24 to his first victory at 5 Flags Speedway.
Byron restarted on the outside of Jeremy Doss with 39 laps to go and was able to keep his No. 24 on the outside of Doss’ No. 44 lap after lap. The battle was intense with Byron officially taking the lead but Michael Goddard brought out a caution with 36 laps to go. Despite racing side-by-side, Byron assumed the lead and drove away from the field on the ensuing restart.
"Our car was really good," he said after climbing from the car. "These guys did a great job all weekend - all day - just preparing a good car. They were kind of working on a few things and just proud of the whole team.
"It was a hard-fought win. I've never won here, it's one of my weaker tracks," said Byron, who will have some added confidence heading into this year's Snowball Derby.
Scoring four wins on the season in the NASCAR Cup Series, Byron continues to race in the ASA ranks to hone his skills. Following Friday night's race in Pensacola, Florida, the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was headed to Pocono Raceway for this weekend's Cup Series event.
"I just enjoy racing. I think it makes me better," said Byron. "I think traveling to all different racetracks they all have different characteristics and it challenges you. I feel like getting used to the Cup car sometimes that I can get in a lull. This year has been good all around and it's nice to get a win with Anthony here."
Jeremy Doss dominated the opening stages of Friday's race until relinquishing the lead to Byron. The driver of the No. 44 finished the night in the runner-up position, followed by Gio Ruggiero, Jackson Boone and Hunter Robbins.
Five laps into the race saw a large incident collecting nearly 17 cars that started when Derek Thorn and Matt Craig got together going into Turn 1. Timothy Watson’s car locked together with Thorn’s No. 51 and caused a log-jam midway through the field.
ASA Southern Super Series Blizzard Series Double Header at 5 Flags Race 1 Results
|9||23||23||Billy VanMeter||99||1 lap||17.791|
|10||25||08||Tony Elrod||99||1 lap||17.937|
|11||8||54s||Matthew Craig||99||1 lap||17.529|
|12||20||69||Michael Hinde||93||7 laps||17.641|
|13||6||26||Bubba Pollard||84||16 laps||17.335|
|14||13||53||Boris Jurkovic||64||36 laps||17.589|
|15||10||37||Michael Goddard||63||37 laps||17.866|
|16||26||32||Stuart Dutton||60||40 laps||17.825|
|17||22||54s||Conner Sutton||58||42 laps||17.862|
|18||21||15||Jordan Riddick||43||57 laps||17.643|
|19||24||22h||Ryan Herbert||40||60 laps||17.739|
|20||11||2b||John Bolen||9||91 laps||17.725|
|21||5||51t||Derek Thorn||5||95 laps||17.663|
|22||9||112||Augie Grill||5||95 laps||17.519|
|23||14||28||Timothy Watson||5||95 laps||17.764|
|24||18||29||Hunter Wright||5||95 laps||17.666|
|25||19||33||Dustin Smith||5||95 laps||17.793|
|26||17||7c||Justin Crider||5||95 laps||17.872|
|27||27||11||Clint Folsom||4||96 laps||20.416|