COVID-19 Sidelines William Byron’s Pit Crew

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William Byron's primary pit crew has been sidelined due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)
William Byron's primary pit crew has been sidelined due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – William Byron did not have his regular pit crew during Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports confirmed in a statement on Thursday that several members of the pit crew for his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Wednesday’s event.

As a result, the entire pit crew was replaced by the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet pit crew, which is staffed by Hendrick Motorsports. Byron’s team will continue to utilize the pit crew from the No. 47 team this weekend when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports’ full statement can be found below:

“Due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests, the No. 24 team’s full over-the-wall pit crew did not compete Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway and will not compete Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. The status of other team personnel has not been affected. The No. 47 pit crew, which is staffed by Hendrick Motorsports, is serving as the No. 24 team’s interim pit crew. Hendrick Motorsports has implemented detailed procedures to protect the health of our team members and follows recommendations from the CDC, OSHA and NCDHHS regarding the handling of positive COVID-19 test.”