William Byron is an American stock car racing driver from North Carolina who currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports. Byron made a Cup Series debut in 2018, taking the Rookie of the Year award that year.
On his way to the premier stock car competition, he won championship titles in the Xfinity Series in 2017 and K&N Pro Series East in 2015, also earning Rookie of the Year awards in those competitions. He was also the Rookie of the Year in the 2016 Truck Series.
William was a winning material from the beginning
Born in November 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina, William began racing on the iRacing simulator, scoring more than 100 wins in online competitions. Then, in 2012, he switched to racing with real cars, winning 33 races in the Legend Car Young Lions Division and becoming a champion.
In 2014, he joined JR Motorsports late model program at Hickory Motor Speedway, scoring one victory in a Chevrolet and finishing second in the points.
A champion in the first NASCAR season
For 2015, Byron was signed by HScott Motorsports to drive in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He won four races at the wheel of the #9 Chevrolet, taking the championship title. Of course, he was also the Rookie of the Year.
In July 2015, Byron also made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway, driving a Toyota for Venturini Motorsports and finishing second after leading 120 laps. He also competed in two races of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, finishing fifth and second respectively.
Seven victories in the NASCAR Truck Series
In October 2015, it was announced that Byron will join Kyle Busch Motorsports to drive the #9 Toyota Tundra in the 2016 NASCAR Truck Series season. He made a debut in the series in November 2015 at Phoenix International Raceway.
In the 2016 Truck Series season, Byron scored his maiden victory in the fourth round at Kansas Speedway. Two consecutive wins followed in the seventh and eighth round at Texas and Iowa. Until the end of the season, he added four more wins to his account, at Kentucky, Pocono, New Hampshire and Homestead-Miami. He was the best rookie in the series and finished fifth in the final standings.
NASCAR Xfinity Series champion in 2017
The next step in a career was the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017. Byron signed a multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the #9 Chevrolet Camaro SS for JR Motorsports in 2017 Xfinity Series season.
The first Xfinity Series win came in June at Iowa Speedway and then the next victory in the next race at Daytona International Speedway. He clinched one more victory during the Playoffs at Phoenix International Raceway and the finished third in season's finale at Homestead-Miami, the best of Championship 4 contenders, taking the championship title.
Rookie of the Year in the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season
With Xfinity Series winner's trophy in his hands, Byron graduated to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. It was first announced that he would replace Kasey Kahne in the #5 Chevrolet but then it was announced that Byron will drive the #24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Byron clinched the Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the second driver next to Erik Jones to win rookie of the year in all three national series. During the season, his best result was the sixth place at Pocono Raceway. With four Top 10 finishes, he was 23rd in the final standings.
In 2019, he started the season taking the sensational pole position for Daytona 500, but finished only 21st. Later in the season, he was thirteen times in the Top 10, ending the year 11th in the points.
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