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William Byron dominates at Watkins Glen for his Cup Series-leading fifth victory of the season

Current points leader William Byron looks on during ceremonies before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 30, 2023, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Skip Rowland)

(AP) — William Byron dominated the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International and notched his Cup Series-leading fifth victory of the season.

Driving the No. 24 Chevrolet for powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports, Byron overtook Michael McDowell in the first quarter of the 90-lap event and pretty much remained in control the rest of the way.

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin was second, followed by Christopher Bell, AJ Allmendinger, and Ty Gibbs.

It was Byron’s first win on a road course in six Cup seasons. It came in the penultimate race of the regular season.