AVONDALE, ARIZ. (Nov. 12, 2015) --- William Byron entered yesterday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway looking to close out what has been a storied 2015 campaign. Byron drove his Liberty University Chevrolet to a second-place finish in his final K&N race of the year.
"I'm just really proud of our HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team,” said Byron. “All year we worked really hard and had a lot of good finishes. We had four wins overall and tried to get another win tonight, but just came up a little bit short in the Liberty University Chevrolet.”
Byron led the only practice session Thursday and followed it up with a third-place qualifying effort. The green flag waved and the 17-year-old quickly settled into the third position. Byron held steady through the first 50 laps and brought the Liberty University Chevrolet down pit road for adjustments while sitting in the third position at the mid-way break.
Racing resumed and Byron took advantage of the restart and jumped into the second spot. He held strong in second until a late restart with 25 laps to go saw him slide back one position to third. Byron had one more shot at the win after an incident struck teammate J.J. Haley who was leading the race at the time. The NASCAR Next driver looked to utilize his strong restarts to capture the victory after starting second for the green/white/checkered finish. Byron came close to getting around the eventual race winner Todd Gilliland, but finished the 100-lap race in the runner-up position earning his second top-five finish in his two K&N West starts.
The result capped a great season for Byron in which he won his first NASCAR Championship, claiming the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title.
“I feel like we progressed a lot over the season, not only me as a driver, but also the team,” said Byron. “Kevin Bellicourt did a great job as a crew chief and I can’t thank him enough. It's been a great year with Liberty University on board all season, and it's fun to get a chance to cap it with this second-place finish."