William Byron (racing driver)

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William Byron
Carneros 200 - William Byron - 1 - Stierch.jpg
Byron at the 2015 Carneros 200
BornWilliam McComas Byron II
(1997-11-29) November 29, 1997 (age 21)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Achievements2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
Most wins by a rookie in the Camping World Truck Series (7)
2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
2019 Daytona 500 Pole winner
Awards2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year
2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
59 races run over 2 years
Car no., teamNo. 24 (Hendrick Motorsports)
2018 position23rd
Best finish23rd (2018)
First race2018 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race2019 Consumers Energy 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 12 3
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
33 races run over 1 year
2017 position1st
Best finish1st (2017)
First race2017 PowerShares QQQ 300 (Daytona)
Last race2017 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win2017 American Ethanol E15 250 (Iowa)
Last win2017 Ticket Galaxy 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 22 2
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
24 races run over 2 years
2016 position5th
Best finish5th (2016)
First race2015 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Last race2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win2016 Toyota Tundra 250 (Kansas)
Last win2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
7 16 3
Statistics current as of August 11, 2019.

William McComas Byron II, (born November 29, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports. He won the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The following season he won both the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship and 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Byron also won the 2018 MENCS Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.[1] Byron is currently the youngest full-time driver in NASCAR's top series.

Racing career[edit]

Byron became interested in racing when he was six years old after seeing a stock car race on television, later attending a race at Martinsville Speedway in 2006. He began racing on the iRacing simulator as a teenager with over 100 wins and 298 top fives in online competition.

In 2012, he and his father explored how Byron could start racing offline – in real cars. He started racing Legends that year at the age of 15, relatively late for modern drivers. That year he won 33 races and became the Legend Car Young Lions Division champion.[2][3][4][5]

For 2014, Byron signed with JR Motorsports late model program, in addition to continuing Legends competition. Byron competed in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina for JRM.[2][3][6] Byron scored a single victory and 11 top-five finishes, finishing second in points to teammate Josh Berry at Hickory.[6]

K&N Pro Series[edit]

Byron at the K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma in 2015

Byron was signed to drive in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for 2015 by HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, with sponsorship from Liberty University.[7] Byron also continued racing late models for JR Motorsports.[2] In his debut K&N East in February at New Smyrna Speedway, Byron finished 7th.[8] Byron won the second race of the season at Greenville-Pickens Speedway after starting second and leading all 152 laps (two laps past the scheduled distance).[2] Byron made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in July, driving the No. 55 Liberty University Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports. Byron finished second after leading 120 laps. He scored four K&N East wins en route to winning the series championship.[9] Byron and his team also competed in the 2015 K&N Pro Series West races at Sonoma and Phoenix, finishing fifth and second respectively.[10]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

On October 29, 2015, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Byron would run a full-time schedule in the team's No. 9 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2016 season.[11] To prepare him for the run, KBM fielded the No. 9 for him in the 2015 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.[12][13] Byron started the 2016 season on a low note crashing on the final lap at Daytona to finish 13th, and finishing 32nd at Atlanta after blowing an engine. Later, Byron would get his first top 3 and 10 in the Truck Series after finishing a strong 3rd at Martinsville. Byron won his first Truck Series race at Kansas in May, after avoiding Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter's crash on the last lap of the race, and took his second race win in Texas in June. He won the next race at Iowa, finished 17th at Gateway due to a crash, and won yet again at Kentucky, propelling him to first in points. He followed that up with his fifth win of the season at Pocono Raceway, breaking the Camping World Truck Series record for most wins by a rookie. The previous mark was held by Kurt Busch during the 2000 season with four wins.[14]

During the playoffs, Byron won the first race of the Round of 8 at New Hampshire but suffered an engine failure at the last race of the Round of 6 at Phoenix, which cost him the chance to join the Championship 4. With a win at the final race at Homestead, he placed fifth in the overall standings, with a total seven wins, eleven top 5s, and 16 top 10s in 23 races. In addition to clinching the owners' championship for the No. 9 team, Byron was named Rookie of the Year.[15]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Byron's No. 9 at Road America in 2017

On August 18, 2016, Byron and Hendrick Motorsports announced they have signed a multi-year driver agreement, with Byron running full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driving the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro SS for JR Motorsports in 2017.[16] Byron finished 2nd at Michigan, just losing out to Denny Hamlin.[17] One week later, Byron won his first career race at Iowa[18] after Christopher Bell wrecked late in the race, battling for a win with Ryan Sieg, who eventually placed second.[19] He ended up winning again the week later in an overtime finish at Daytona.[20] Byron also won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third Xfinity victory of his career;[21] he would add a fourth win when the series visited Phoenix for the penultimate race of the season.[22] The Phoenix win also placed Byron among the four drivers eligible to race for the series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[23] At the final race in Miami, Byron held on as he finished 3rd, ahead of his Championship 4 teammate, Elliott Sadler. He won the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship.

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

On August 9, 2017, Hendrick Motorsports announced Byron would be the new replacement for Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 car in 2018,[24] while continuing current sponsorship with Axalta Coating Systems and Liberty University.[25] Twenty days later, however, HMS announced Byron would instead drive the No. 24, while Chase Elliott moved to the rebranded No. 9 car. Byron inherited Kahne's No. 5 team, including crew chief Darian Grubb.[26] On October 10, 2018, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Grubb will move on to a technical director position while Chad Knaus takes over crew chief duties for Byron and the No. 24 in 2019.[27] Byron clinched Rookie of the Year honors after the penultimate race of the year at ISM Raceway, becoming the second driver next to Erik Jones to win Rookie of the Year in all three national series.[1]

Byron started the 2019 season on a strong note as he won the Daytona 500 pole, heading a Hendrick lockout of the first two rows.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Byron was born the younger of two children in Charlotte, North Carolina.[8] He attended Charlotte Country Day School while taking online classes through sponsor Liberty University, graduating in May 2016. Byron is also currently a student at Liberty University earning his college degree.[29] His parents, Bill and Dana, and his older sister, Kathryn, are his main sources of inspiration. Byron is an Eagle Scout.[30]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2018 Hendrick Motorsports 24 Chevy DAY
23
ATL
18
LVS
27
PHO
12
CAL
15
MAR
20
TEX
10
BRI
18
RCH
12
TAL
29
DOV
14
KAN
33
CLT
39
POC
18
MCH
13
SON
25
CHI
20
DAY
32
KEN
20
NHA
14
POC
6
GLN
8
MCH
36
BRI
23
DAR
35
IND
19
LVS
37
RCH
20
CLT
34
DOV
19
TAL
20
KAN
38
MAR
39
TEX
16
PHO
9
HOM
24
23rd 587 [31]
2019 DAY
21
ATL
17
LVS
16
PHO
24
CAL
15
MAR
22
TEX
6
BRI
16
RCH
13
TAL
21
DOV
8
KAN
20
CLT
9
POC
9
MCH
18
SON
19
CHI
8
DAY
2
KEN
18
NHA
12
POC
4
GLN
21
MCH
8
BRI
DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -* [32]
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2018 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 33 23
2019 1 21

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2017 JR Motorsports 9 Chevy DAY
9
ATL
7
LVS
14
PHO
4
CAL
5
TEX
7
BRI
12
RCH
30
TAL
36
CLT
14
DOV
6
POC
12
MCH
2
IOW
1
DAY
1*
KEN
7
NHA
3
IND
1
IOW
9
GLN
10
MOH
25
BRI
22
ROA
6
DAR
5
RCH
7
CHI
33
KEN
18
DOV
3
CLT
16
KAN
4
TEX
9
PHO
1
HOM
3
1st 4034 [33]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2015 Kyle Busch Motorsports 9 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
31
HOM 78th 13 [34]
2016 DAY
13
ATL
32
MAR
3
KAN
1
DOV
11*
CLT
10
TEX
1
IOW
1*
GTW
17*
KEN
1*
ELD
14
POC
1*
BRI
4
MCH
4
MSP
10
CHI
30
NHA
1*
LVS
5
TAL
10
MAR
8
TEX
6
PHO
27*
HOM
1
5th 2199 [35]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2015 HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks 9 Chevy NSM
7
GRE
1*
BRI
2
IOW
1*
BGS
15
LGY
1*
COL
14
NHA
1
IOW
13
GLN
7
MOT
8*
VIR
10
RCH
6
DOV
9
1st 546 [36]

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2015 HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks 91 Chevy KCR IRW TUS IOW SHA SON
5
SLS IOW EVG CNS MER AAS PHO
2
35th 70 [10]
2018 Jefferson Pitts Racing 27 Chevy KCR TUS TUS OSS CNS SON
3
DCS IOW EVG GTW LVS MER AAS KCR 32nd 41 [37]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2015 Venturini Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP
2*
POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN
32
KAN 76th 305 [38]
2016 DAY
2
NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE 58th 415 [39]
15 POC
8
MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ben Rhodes
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
2015
Succeeded by
Justin Haley
Preceded by
Daniel Suárez
NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
2017
Succeeded by
Tyler Reddick