Charlotte, N.C. (April 18, 2015) - William Byron, coming off a win two weeks ago at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, qualified fourth and finished second in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Saturday. The runner-up finished moved Byron to the top of the series’ standings with one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes in three starts this season.
“Today was a lot of fun; this is my first time at Bristol and it’s definitely different,” said Byron. “I learned a lot though, especially about the aerodynamics of the racecar. I’m just really proud of everyone on the team. They worked really hard, so I’m happy to bring home a second-place finish for them and Liberty University.”
A rookie on the famed .533-mile high-banked track in Tennessee, Byron quickly adapted to the track and established himself as a front-runner. He qualified the No. 9 car for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in the fourth position on Thursday, but was second for the start of the race the second-place team was penalized for unapproved changes to his car. Byron jumped out to an early lead in the 125-lap race and led 37 laps before the caution waved for a single-car incident in turn 4.
The green flag waved on lap 45 and Kyle Benjamin and Byron raced side-by-side until Benjamin finally grabbed the lead. The cars of Benjamin and Byron were clearly the class of the field as they pulled away from their competitors. There were five additional cautions where the pair would have a seesaw battle for the top spot, but Benjamin was able to choose the outside and preferred lane on the restarts. Byron had his best restart on lap 108 and battled hard with Benjamin over several laps for the lead. He was able to get the nose of the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet to the inside of Benjamin with 15 to go but couldn’t quite complete the pass. The checkered flag waved on lap 125 with Byron bringing home the Liberty University car in second place.
“Today was another solid day for my team,” said Byron. “We fought hard and we can build on another top-two finish. Iowa can’t come quick enough, everyone on the No. 9 team is excited with the season so far.”
Byron is one of only two drivers who have finished in the top 10 in all three K&N Pro Series events this season and has led 196 laps of 428 laps run this season (46 percent). He holds a three-point lead in the standings over 21-year-old Austin Hill who finished fifth overall last year in the NASCAR K&N East Series.
The K&N East Series has three weeks off before heading to Iowa Speedway for a combined race with the K&N West Series on May 16. Byron will be racing over the next three weeks however including Thursday’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.