William Byron drives to avoid crash between Ross Chastain and Kyle Larson to win at Darlington

At Darlington, William Byron jumped into the lead after wrecking Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain and took his third win of the 2023 season ahead of Kevin Harvick on Sunday.

Larson and Chastain battled in the second half of the final stage, and with a few laps to go the two fell loose at the first corner, causing Chastain to veer sideways. Larson squares with Chastain and the two drop out of the lead. Chastain did not finish the race as his car was towed into the garage.


William Byron Qualifying

William Byron exits his car after a qualifying lap at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 13, 2023. (David Yezel-USA TODAY Sports)

An emotional Byron told FOX Sports’ Jamie Little that his grandfather passed away earlier this week.

“That’s really cool,” he said. “My grandfather passed away on Thursday.…I wish my family were here, but things have a way of working out.To be honest, it worked out that way today. There were no 3 stages, we just kept fighting.” ”

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Byron has won the Pennzoil 400 and the United Rentals World 500.

William Byron Leads to Victory

William Byron drives the #24 Axalta Throwback Chevrolet during the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 on May 14, 2023 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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In last year’s race, Byron was spun out by Joey Logano with a few laps to go. Logano took the win and Byron finished 13th. This time, Byron only had to cause chaos by making Chastain and Larson overly aggressive.

Chastain said after the race that he had no intention of changing himself. He was trying to strangle Larson, but he said he had no intention of crashing.


Ross Chastain drives in Darlington

Ross Chastain races at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina on May 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Kelly)

Harvick was involved in a major accident just a few laps before the finish, which left him in second place. Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace rounded out the remaining top five.

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