The biggest storyline from the past two race weekends has been the wins delivered by two of the sport’s most talented “young guns”—23-year-old William Byron and 26-year-old Christopher Bell. Bell, who prevailed two weekends ago on the tricky Daytona International Speedway road course, is a second-year NASCAR Cup Series driver who is in his first season as a Cup driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. Byron is in his fourth Cup season with Hendrick Motorsports but is in his first season crew chief Rudy Fugle.
The early-season wins by Bell and Byron, coupled with a second-place finish last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway by another young gun—25-year-old, second-year Cup driver Tyler Reddick—have made these emerging youngsters the talk of the town heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The way things are going in 2021, virtually no one will be surprised if a young gun comes out on top, once again, in Sin City.
“Going throughout the year, you hope you can get multiple wins,” said Byron, who led 102 of 267 laps at Homestead-Miami. “That would be a phenomenal season. There aren’t many guys that do that … I think the top six or seven guys. That’s our goal. I said during the offseason that it was to be in that top six to eight guys that can win every week. We have a lot of work to do to get to that point. It’s a good start, and we’re ahead of schedule. There are a lot of good tracks for us, so we have to see how the year goes.”