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William Byron Becomes First Repeat Winner in 2024 NASCAR Cup at COTA

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Byron Becomes 1st Repeat Winner in 2024 SeasonJonathan Bachman - Getty Images

William Byron became the first repeat winner of the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Season with his dominant victory at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Tex.

Byron led 42 of 68 laps after starting on the pole. The race ran with only the two mandatory stage break cautions as drivers gave it their all in the 3-hour race.

This was only the fourth time in the stage-break era that there were no cautions for on-track incidents.

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Last year, the stage breaks were excluded from road course racing, but after both Walkins Glen and the Indianapolis Road Course ended with one singular caution, NASCAR brought the stage cautions back. This decision was made prior to the 2023 playoff race at the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

This race was the bounceback that Byron needed to stay a threat in the early season. Byron won The Great American Race to open the season but has had subpar performances since then. Over the last four rounds, he’s averaged a finishing position of 20th. While he’s been locked into the playoffs since his first victory when he entered this weekend, he sat 10th in points.

This was Byron’s 10th win in the Gen-7 car, the most of any current Cup driver. His only win in the series to come before the release of the Next Gen car was in the 2020 ALSCO Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is Byron's second road course victory and first at COTA.

In the closing 10 laps, Byron had a secure lead in front of Ty Gibbs, but the treat was Christoper Bell, who was currently running fourth. Bell was substantially faster than the Hendrick driver but had to make it past Alex Bowman and Gibbs to put himself into a battling position.