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Byron Captures First NASCAR K&N Pole

Byron Captures First NASCAR K&N Pole

May 16, 2015

From NASCAR

NEWTON, Iowa -- Rookie William Byron continues to impress.

The 17-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, has already earned his first NASCAR win and ascended to the top of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings. Now the NASCAR Next driver has his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award.

Going out 35th out of 39 qualifiers Saturday at Iowa Speedway, Byron knocked Brandon McReynolds off the pole position for Saturday night's Casey's General Store 150. The annual combination race between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West has been the scene for career-launching wins by drivers such as Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Cole Custer.

Byron drove the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet around the .875-mile asphalt tri-oval in 23.757 seconds for an average speed of 132.592.

McReynolds will start on the front row after a lap of 23.810 (132.297) in his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. McReynolds, who was fastest in qualifiying, will be credited with a pole as the top NASCAR K&N Pro Series West qualifier.

Byron's teammate Scott Heckert qualified third at 23.822 (132.231), followed by James Bickford and Kyle Benjamin.

Dillon Bassett qualified sixth, followed by Nick Drake, Dalton Sargeant, Austin Hill and Kaz Grala.

Green flag for the Casey's General Store 150 is slated for 9 p.m. ET.

The race will air on NBCSN on Friday, May 22 at midnigh ET, following the NHL playoff game between Chicago and Anaheim.

1 9 William Byron * Liberty University Chevrolet 23.757 132.592 1 1  
2 16 Brandon McReynolds NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 23.810 132.297 2 2 0.053
3 34 Scott Heckert Project Lifesaver Chevrolet 23.822 132.231 1 2 0.065
4 6 James Bickford Sunrise Ford/Interstate Plastics Ford 23.884 131.887 1 2 0.127
5 27 Kyle Benjamin * Eibach Ford 23.904 131.777 1 2 0.147
6 44 Dillon Bassett * Bassett Gutters Ford 23.933 131.617 2 2 0.176
7 15 Nick Drake NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 23.984 131.338 1 2 0.227
8 51 Dalton Sargeant * GALT Chevrolet 24.021 131.135 1 2 0.264
9 22 Austin Hill A&D Welding Ford 24.032 131.075 1 2 0.275
10 3 Kaz Grala Kiklos Toyota 24.077 130.830 1 2 0.320
11 99 Chris Eggleston NAPA Filters/H20 Fire Protection Toyota 24.091 130.754 2 2 0.334
12 04 Ronnie Bassett Jr. Bassett Gutters Ford 24.094 130.738 2 2 0.337
13 97 Jesse Little NTI/Moo's Blues BBQ/PFC Toyota 24.100 130.705 2 2 0.343
14 17 David Mayhew MMI Racing/Ron's Rear Ends/Pour House Chevrolet 24.132 130.532 1 2 0.375
15 54 Christopher Bell * ToyotaCare Toyota 24.137 130.505 1 2 0.380
16 5 JJ Haley * Braun Auto Chevrolet 24.178 130.284 1 2 0.421
17 7 Noah Gragson * AlertID/Colliers Int'l Ford 24.196 130.187 2 2 0.439
18 12 Gray Gaulding Krispy Kreme Donuts Toyota 24.215 130.085 2 2 0.458
19 66 Devon Amos * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota 24.237 129.967 1 1 0.480
20 72 Gracin Raz * Trinity Energy Ford 24.240 129.950 1 2 0.483
21 21 Alex Schutte * Proficio Chevrolet 24.241 129.945 2 2 0.484
22 4 Kenzie Ruston Rev Racing Toyota 24.247 129.913 2 2 0.490
23 42 Jay Beasley Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota 24.348 129.374 2 2 0.591
24 71 Eddie MacDonald Grimm Contracting Chevrolet 24.383 129.188 1 2 0.626
25 33 Nicole Behar * Custom Welding & Fabrication, Inc Ford 24.392 129.141 2 2 0.635
26 98 Rico Abreu * AccuDoc Solutions/Go-Pro Mtrplex/Curb Records Chevrolet 24.395 129.125 2 2 0.638
27 31 Johnny White * MMI Services Chevrolet 24.403 129.082 2 2 0.646
28 36 David Garbo Jr.* Whelen Engineering Chevrolet 24.421 128.987 1 2 0.664
29 91 Ryan Partridge * Eibach Springs/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford 24.434 128.919 1 2 0.677
30 61 Brett Thompson RTTI/61 Logistics/Blu.LNG.com Chevrolet 24.589 128.106 1 2 0.832
31 2 Collin Cabre * UTI/NTI Toyota 24.612 127.986 2 2 0.855
32 23 Trey Hutchens Hutchens Racing Chevrolet 24.661 127.732 2 2 0.904
33 40 Travis Miller IPG itape.com Chevrolet 24.681 127.629 2 2 0.924
34 45 Christian Celaya * Farbe Technik Chevrolet 25.246 124.772 2 2 1.489
35 30 Ron Norman * Port of Tucson Toyota 25.286 124.575 2 2 1.529
36 14 Matt Levin * Port of Tucson Toyota 25.508 123.491