William Byron took his first laps at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Friday morning, and quickly adapted to the South Carolina track in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet. Byron and his JR Motorsports (JRM) Late Model team were strong of the truck and were able to keep up with the ever-changing half-mile track and earn a third-place finish in his track debut.
Byron qualified the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet in the fourth position, his third top-five qualifying effort over the last four races. The 100-lap race consisted of former track champions, his JRM teammate Josh Berry and his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teammate Scott Heckert.
Byron ran a solid race while learning the intricacies of the short track, like running right along the inside wall. When the checkered flag waved, Byron crossed the finish line in fourth place. The winning car however was disqualified due to an unapproved modification of its crate motor and Byron was credited with a third-place finish.
“This was a solid weekend for me and my JR Motorsports team,” said Byron. “This was a new race track for us and it is a boost of confidence to a get a top three in our first start here. We now have something to build on as we continue to grow as a team throughout the season.”
Greenville, S.C. is a hotbed for NASCAR fans and a staple on the grassroots-racing scene. Many of today’s top drivers competed at the track.
“It’s also great to run well at tracks like Greenville-Pickens because it’s important to introduce and showcase Liberty University to a new race market,” continued Byron. “Greenville has one of the largest NASCAR fan bases per capita of any city in the country. I’m glad the team put on a great show for the fans and represented the University well this past weekend.”
Byron will also utilize his notes from this past weekend in preparation for his return to Greenville-Pickens in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Saturday, April 4 with HScott Motorsport with Justin Marks. Byron will race this weekend as well at South National Motorsports Park in a Jeff-Fultz prepared Super Late Model on Saturday, March 28.