Through the early portion of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series campaign, no driver has found the win column more than William Byron, who has recently claimed back-to-back victories at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 5) and Phoenix Raceway (March 12).
Byron, 25, discussed his recent West Coast swing success on the newest episode of the “Stacking Pennies” podcast with Corey LaJoie. In particular, the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports driver not only talked about winning early but also commented on how to overcome past legacy questions associated with the No. 24 and, in turn, shape his own legacy.
“There is a lot of, like, legacy questions, which, I mean, is great, but I mean, I’m just trying to make my own name in that,” Byron said on the podcast. “So, I don’t really look at it as … I don’t know. I just kind of look at Jeff [Gordon] and I’s relationship, and that’s what really matters to me, and obviously love all that comes with the 24. I mean, it’s an amazing fanbase, but I try to stay internally focused.”
Although Gordon and Byron might share similarities in driving the same machine, differences between the two are still readily apparent, according to Byron.
“A lot different. He’s a lot more interesting,” Byron said with a chuckle. “He’s a party animal. I’m kind of a homebody. I’m kind of introverted, so we’re different in that, but yeah. We get along great, honestly. Like, he got me out of my shell at Hendrick, I think, and they talked about that on the broadcast, but it’s a true thing. He really got to know me.”
Be sure to tune in and listen to the entire podcast when the new episode launches at 3 p.m. ET, with topics including the new downforce package, Denny Hamlin, pit stop strategies and more.