Hickory, N.C. (August 23, 2014) – William Byron and the No. 9 JR Motorsports Team continued to showcase their strength in qualifying at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night for the Twin Late Model races. Byron earned his third-consecutive pole, and fifth for the season, in his Liberty University Chevrolet for the first of two 50-lap races. He dedicated the pole and race to the men and women of the Armed Services.
“I have a good understanding of how to qualify well,” said Byron. “Starting up front is a huge advantage and to get five poles in my rookie season feels great. I wanted to do something nice for our service members, so I dedicated the pole and race to them.”
During his pole winning interview, Byron not only thanked the men and women that serve and served our country, but told the fans in the stands at Hickory Motor Speedway he had free t-shirts to anyone that has been in the military. He went on to say he would be donating his race winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project – www.woundedwarriorproject.org . His announcement with met with cheers and excitement from the crowd, as 100 shirts were given away to fans.
“With Labor Day approaching, I wanted to let our military know we support them,” said Byron. “While most of the US will have the weekend off, they continue to serve 365 days of the year. This is just a small way for me to say thank you.”
The Twin 50 races were two of the most competitive races of the season with the field consisting of five past champions: Anthony Anders – current leader in the National standings and 2012 Myrtle Beach Champion, Dillon Bassett - UARA-Stars Champion, Josh Berry – Motor Mile Speedway Champion, Austin McDaniel - 2012 and 2013 Hickory Late Model Champion and Shane Lee – 2013 Limited Late Model Champion and Late Model Rookie of the Year. Byron raced among the leaders in both races, gaining invaluable experience, as the racing was close and often three-wide. Byron started the races first and third and finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Byron and his JR Motorsports team have been one of the most consistent teams over the summer at Hickory. They have qualified in the top three in the past six races with a total of five poles in 16 races at the track. Byron continues to be a frontrunner at the short track and is becoming a fan favorite with his consistent showings. Byron returns to action next Saturday, Aug. 30 in Hickory for the Bobby Issac Memorial NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race.