South Boston, Va. (April 7, 2014) --- William Byron looked forward to his first races at South Boston (Va.) Speedway in his No. 9 JR Motorsports (JRM) late model. The 75-lap races were packed full of past champions and seasoned veterans in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the race took place just an hour drive from the campus of Liberty University, Byron’s primary sponsor.
Practice went well for the 16-year-old rookie on Saturday morning, and he qualified the car in the 20th position with an early qualifying draw. He started right behind JRM teammate Josh Berry and dropped back a spot to 21st shortly after the green-flag waved. He methodically worked his way up to 12th when he reported something was wrong with the engine. The team was forced to call it a day when the engine broke and Byron was scored in the 26th position at the end of the race.
“It was a tough day at South Boston,” said Byron. “I passed nine cars early in the race and unfortunately blew a motor around lap 30. I learned a lot this weekend though.
“I can’t thank Liberty University and JR Motorsports enough for giving me the best opportunity. We will come back even stronger next week at Hickory Motor Speedway.”
Byron and his JR Motorsports team will compete in a 100-lap rescheduled event at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway on April 12.