William Byron

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Byron Eager for First Short-Track Race of the Season

Byron Eager for First Short-Track Race of the Season

March 31, 2016

From KBM Press Release

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 29, 2016) – Obviously William Byron wants to run well everywhere he races, but a strong showing at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway would mean a lot to the 18-year-old rookie. After having a month to think about falling out of the Atlanta race early due to engine trouble while running in second place, Byron looks to put that behind him and focus on running up front and finishing there this weekend.

Byron has one prior start at the half-mile track in a Late Model race in 2014. In only his second year of racing, he qualified 11th out of 80 entries, but finished 18th after getting caught in a wreck during the race. For this trip to Martinsville he won’t have to worry about competing against 80 other drivers, but for the first time he will be competing against his owner and teammate, Kyle Busch. Byron is looking forward to racing with and against Busch this weekend. He plans to learn everything he can from Busch’s knowledge and experience at the “Paperclip.”

Byron has another reason to finish up front on Saturday. His primary sponsor, Liberty University, is located just 80 miles northeast of Martinsville in Lynchburg, Va. He spoke at the Liberty University Convocation with over 13,000 students in attendance and thousands more watching online and on television, it is North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian students. He talked about how he started racing and encouraged them to attend the Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday. He hopes to have a large cheering section of students in the grandstands, who will also be his peers in the fall when he plans to live on campus as a freshman.

While he may have been a bit nervous speaking in front of such a large group of people last week, he’s not worried about nerves this weekend. Byron is ready to be back in the driver’s seat of his No. 9 Tundra to get the solid finish which has eluded him so far this season.

William Byron, Driver of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:

What did you think will be the most challenging thing about the track?

“I remember how easy it was to overdrive the race car at Martinsville. It is a very technical track and I enjoyed racing there in the Late Model. The most challenging thing about the track will be managing the tires throughout a run, but still going hard enough to make up ground and keep track position early in the runs. I can't wait for the race so that we can build on what we have worked on since the last time out.”

Are you looking forward to racing against your owner, Kyle Busch this weekend?

“Racing against Kyle Busch this weekend is a great opportunity to learn from him. Any opportunity I get to run against a Sprint Cup Champion is a good chance to see where I stack up and what I need to work on.”

What have you been doing the past month since the Atlanta race?

“Besides going to school, I raced a KBM late model in Alabama two weeks ago. We were able to get a solid run under our belt with a top five. Other than that I spoke at the Liberty University Convocation and spent time up there filming a few neat commercials last week.”

Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:

What will you focus on during practice Friday to prepare William for 250 laps at Martinsville?

“The extra practice session and extra set of tires will be good for William to get used to radial tires at a short track. He’s got a ton of short-track experience and he’s really good at them, so I think we have a really good chance of excelling. In the first practice he needs to get used to how a truck handles around Martinsville, and then we’ll probably try a couple of things we normally wouldn’t have time to try. Then we’ll get it dialed in so he knows what it feels like on new tires and old tires to be able to handle the long race.”

William Byron’s No. 9 Liberty University Tundra:

KBM-031: The No. 9 Liberty University team will race KBM-031, for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. This Tundra was built in 2015 and raced three times. Its best finish was sixth with Erik Jones at the wheel at Chicagoland.

KBM-031 Performance Profile:

           

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

10/3/2015

Las Vegas

Jones

15

9

146/146

0

running

9/19/2015

Chicagoland

Jones

8

6

150/150

19

running

7/9/2015

Kentucky

Bell

16*

17

144/145

0

running

Totals

3 starts, 0 Wins

 

11.5

10.7

 

19

 

 

Notes of Interest:

William Byron 2015:

  • Made first career NASCAR Camping World Series start at Phoenix International Raceway in November
  • Captured the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and Rookie of the Year honors after producing four wins, three poles, 740 laps led, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes across 14 starts
  • Picked up a victory at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway in just his second career K&N Pro Series East start, earned the championship lead after a runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in the third race of the season and stayed at the top of the standings for the remainder of the season
  • Made two ARCA Racing Series starts where he led a race-high 120 laps in his series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis before settling for a runner-up finish when the race was decided by tire strategy. Also won the pole at Kentucky Speedway

 

Series

Races

Win

Top 5

Top 10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

NCWTS

1

0

0

0

0

6

0

5.0

31.0

K&N East

14

4

5

11

3

1729

740

3.8

6.8

CARS Super LM

3

1

3

3

0

400

156

5.3

2.3

ARCA

2

0

1

1

1

200

120

1.5

17.0

K&N West

1

0

1

1

0

68

0

2.0

5.0

Totals

21

5

10

16

4

2,403

1,016

3.5

12.42

 

William Byron 2014

·  Named the N.C. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Rookie of the Year with seven poles, 10 podium finishes and 15 top-five finishes in 30 starts

·  Won six of six races at Winter Nationals in Auburndale, Fla., and crowned Pro Legend Champion

·  Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Winter Heat Series Champion in the Legend Car Pro division

·  Two wins and seven podium finishes in Charlotte’s Summer Shootout Series Legend Car Pro division

William Byron 2013

  • Competed in the U.S. Legend Car Young Lion Division where he earned 33 wins, 59 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes in 69 starts to become the U.S. Legend Champion
  • Won first-career feature at Concord (N.C.) Speedway
  • Won pole and feature at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway – first time on a track over a quarter mile
  • Won Legends All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Champion
  • Won Legends Stock 2013 at Bethel (N.Y.) Motor Speedway
  • Won U.S. Legends Race of Champions at Lake Erie (Pa.) Speedway

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 9 Tundra:

  • The No. 9 team is using the Owner’s points earned by the No. 4 Tundra team last season
  • Ten members of this year’s No. 9 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 4 Tundra team which collected three wins, five poles, 925 laps led, 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2015 NCWTS Driver’s and Owner’s Championship

KBM NCWTS Program

  • Has collected one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Championship, four Owner’s Championships, 45 Truck Series victories and 24 poles across 278 starts since originating in 2010
  • 45 career Truck Series victories as an organization ranks second all-time behind Roush Fenway (50)

·       14 victories as an organization during the 2014 season broke the Truck Series record of 12 set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001

  • Seven different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 28. Erik Jones has collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin produced two victories and Christopher Bell, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott all collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2015 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway

 

KBM NCWTS @ Martinsville Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, three poles, 503 laps led, 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.3 across 25 starts at Martinsville
  • Denny Hamlin (2011 and 2012) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (2013 and 2014) each have two wins for KBM at ‘The Paperclip’
  • Wallace Jr., Hamlin and owner-driver Kyle Busch have each captured one pole at the .526-mile oval 

The Fugle File:

Fugle begins his third season as a crew chief at KBM and fifth overall with the team. Under his tutelage last season, Erik Jones posted three wins, five poles, 925 laps led, 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes en route to becoming the youngest champion in Truck Series history and the first driver to collect both the Rookie of the Year and the series title in the same year. The duo also nabbed KBM its record-breaking fourth Truck Series Owner’s championship last season, which was the second with Fugle calling the shots. In 2013, he led KBM’s No. 51 Tundra team to a series-leading six wins and an Owner’s Championship. Entering 2016, the New York native’s Truck Series drivers have totaled nine wins, six poles, 21 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes across his 44 races atop the pit box for KBM.

Fugle has one pole (Denny Hamlin, 2013), one top-five (Erik Jones 2015) and four top-10 finishes as a crew chief in five starts at Martinsville. Erik Jones placed third after leading two laps in last year’s spring race for Fugle’s best finish atop the pit box there.

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 9 Liberty University Toyota Tundra 2016 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date

Site

Driver

         Start

             Finish

        Laps

            Laps Led

    Status

             Driver Pts./Pos.

      2/19

Daytona

Byron

      13

13

          100/100

0

       Running

20/11th

        2/27

Atlanta

Byron

     15

32

          59/130

0

    Engine

21/26th