Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fast Facts: 2017 Xfinity Series Champion William Byron

2017 Xfinity Series champion William Byron
credit: Getty Images/Jared C. Tilton
Former NASCAR Next member William Byron can add another milestone to his resume: 2017 Xfinity Series champion. Learn more about the new driver of the No. 24 Chevy in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in this week’s championship edition of Fast Facts.
  • William Byron II was born Nov. 27, 1997 in Charlotte, NC. He was a NASCAR fan as a youngster, and, after he spent some time on online motorsports racing simulator iRacing, was able to convince his father to take the next step – into a real race car.
  • Byron and his father visited the U.S. Legends headquarters in Harrisburg, NC in summer 2012, and by fall of that year, purchased a Legends car to race in 2013. That year, Byron competed in 69 races in the U.S. Legends Young Lion Division, earning 33 wins, 64 total top 10 finishes and the national championship; he also won the Thursday Thunder Young Lions Championship at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Young Lions All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • In 2014, Byron signed with JR Motorsports’ Late Model program, then drove full-time in the K&N Pro Series East for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in 2015, winning the series championship on the strength of four wins and three poles.
  • In 2016, Byron moved up to the Camping World Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports, finishing fifth in points with seven wins – the most ever by a rookie in the series. In August of that year, it was announced he would drive for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series in 2017; he went on to win four times and earn the series championship.
  • In August of 2017, Byron was announced as Kasey Kahne’s replacement at Hendrick Motorsports for the 2018 season, but would be the new driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet, as Chase Elliott makes the move to the No. 9.
  • Learn more about Byron at his website, www.williambyron.com


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