William Byron


Byron Finishes Second in Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

Byron Finishes Second in Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

April 27, 2015

South Boston, VA (April 23, 2015) -- It was a wild night of racing in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Thursday night.  William Byron finished second after competing with the top Late Model drivers in the country, NASCAR Xfinity Champion Chase Elliott, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and host Denny Hamlin and Sprint Cup regular David Ragan in front of a packed crowd. 

“It was a great race,” said Byron.  “It was hard racing from the drop of the green flag.  I raced around Chase (Elliott) and David (Ragan) most of the race; it was cool to race against those guys.  It was really tight racing, but really clean racing.  Denny (Sprint Cup driver Hamlin) put on a great event.”

Byron was quickest in practice twice over the two-day Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown event.  He qualified third in his JR Motorsports (JRM) Late Model and started the scheduled 200-lap race in the ninth position.  The Liberty University Chevrolet was a little loose for the first part of the race, but Byron continued to battle hard and race in the top 10.  During the mandatory break at lap 150 while running ninth, the JRM crew made a few adjustments to the No. 91 Chevrolet for the 50-lap shootout to the checkered flag.

When the green flag waved at lap 151, Byron continued to be competitive and smart on the track.  The top 10 cars in the field were often battling side-by-side and sometimes three wide including Byron.  He avoided a late-race accident that set up a green-white-checker flag finish in overtime.  The final green-flag waved on lap 208 and the leaders tangled on the final lap. Byron’s quick maneuvering around the incident allowed him to clear the cars and take the checkered flag in the second position behind race winner Timothy Peters.

“We had a great car at the end and made the most of the night,” said Byron.  “That was key.  This second-place finish continues the momentum I’ve had over the last several races.  The JR Motorsports team prepared a great car for the event, we were fast and competitive through every practice, qualifying and the race.”

Byron has podium finishes in his last five race starts (three Late Model and two NASCAR K&N events) including one win, three runner-up finishes and one third-place finish.    Byron will compete again on Saturday, May 2 at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., in his JR Motorsports Late Model.

Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Results 

Finish Start    Driver Laps
1 1    Timothy Peters 210
2 9    William Byron 210
3 36    Mark Wertz 210
4 19    Tommy Lemons, Jr. 210
5 18    Tyler Ankrum 210
6 3    Austin Thaxton 210
7 16    Dalton Sargeant 210
8 21    Kaz Grala 210
9 27    Brenden Queen 210
10 4    Lee Pulliam 210
11 29    Quin Houff 210
12 8    Matt Bowling 210
13 31    Hermie Sadler 210
14 32    Curtis Markham 210
15 6    Payton Ryan 208
16 13    David Ragan 207
17 33    Josh Berry 210
18 10    Nick Smith 202
19 12    C.E. Falk 201
20 2    Peyton Sellers 193
21 14    Bobby McCarty 192
22 7    Chase Elliott 192
23 35    Eddie Johnson 124
24 17    Bruce Anderson 124
25 30    Dude Gibbs 124
26 25    Kyle Plott 120
27 26    Juan Garcia 119
28 28    Jeb Burton 117
29 20    Myatt Snider 99
30 11    Matt Waltz 81
31 5    Denny Hamlin 69
32 34    Davin Scites 63
33 23    Chad Finchum 45
34 15    Garrett Campbell 9
35 22    Travis Swaim 3
36 24    Brayton Haws 3