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Byron Finishes Seventh in first NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race

Byron Finishes Seventh in first NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race

February 16, 2015

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (February 16, 2015) --- William Byron took the next step in his racing career on Sunday night when the green flag waved for his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race.  The rookie qualified third in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet, raced in the top five for most of the race and took the checkered flag in the seventh position.

“I feel so blessed to be here,” said Byron.  “A seventh-place finish was a really good first race for all of us.  I’m a little disappointed in the finish I think we had a third-place car, but we were competitive all night.   I’m really proud of what we accomplished here at New Smyrna and can’t thank Liberty University and the team enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Byron and his HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team had a solid day in their first event together.  Byron was quickest in the first practice session, had two additional solid practices and qualified third later in the day.   Crew chief Kevin Bellicourt was optimistic for the race and knew the No. 9 Liberty Chevrolet was fast.

The scene prior to start of the race was electric in anticipation of the 2015 NASCAR K&N season opener.    Several NASCAR executives, Sprint Cup Series stars and national media wandered the pits to check out the young talent pool in the 150-lap race. 

Byron started inside the second row when the green flag waved behind two veterans of the sport, teammate Scott Heckert and eventual race winner Austin Hill.  Byron raced door-to-door for several laps in the low lane before settling into the fifth position.  On lap 30, Byron maneuvered around two cars in one lap to reclaim third.

Byron ran third behind Hill and Heckert, and the three had put an entire straightaway between them and the rest of the field until the caution flag waved on lap 70.  Bryon restarted in the inside lane again, which is not the preferred lane on the track.  He lost one position during the restart, but quickly made up the spot and was third again by lap 86. 

Byron ran in the top five until a late-race caution occurred on lap 130.    Byron restarted third on lap 135, but the car in front of him appeared to miss a shift and stacked up the inside line.  Byron slipped back to seventh and was unable to make up any ground in the few remaining laps of the race before the checkered flag waved. 

"The restarts on the bottom were really tough there at the end and that hurt our finish," said Byron.  "It burned up the tires quickly.  We will take what we learned here at New Smryna and move foward to the next race at Greenville."

The team will compete at Greenville Pickens (S.C.) Speedway on April 4 for the second NASCAR K&N race of the season.