William Byron

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Byron Hopes to Continue his Momentum at Kansas

Byron Hopes to Continue his Momentum at Kansas

May 4, 2016

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 3, 2016) – Just over one month ago, William Byron earned his best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway when he placed third at the “paperclip.” The 18-year-old rookie contender has had to wait a month to climb back into his No. 9 Liberty University Tundra to race again, but Byron has stayed busy with school and other forms of racing to keep his momentum going into Friday night’s race at Kansas Speedway.

 

The weekend after Martinsville, Byron was off to Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., to race for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the ARCA CRA Super Series event where he started 16th and finished fifth. His fellow classmates at Charlotte Country Day School actually saw him at school for a full week following Nashville, before he was off to test his Tundra at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 18-19 as one of his rookie tests. Byron was so pleased with his test results at Bristol that he was ready to take on the half-mile bullring immediately, but is forced to wait until August for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

 

Next on the busy teen’s schedule was another KBM Super Late Model race at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., last weekend. There he started third and finished seventh. Then there was more testing, but this time at school as Byron prepares for his final month of high school and graduation day on May 27.

 

This weekend Byron will finally be able to get behind the wheel again to hopefully continue the momentum he started a month ago at Martinsville. In his only other mile-and-a-half track start this season at Atlanta, he appeared to be a contender. Byron started 15th, but with a fast Tundra worked his way up to second place. He was running second on lap 59 when suddenly his oil pressure dropped and an engine issue relegated him to a last-place finish. Despite what the end result was on paper that day, Byron and the KBM team know they had a strong Liberty University Tundra and are looking forward to a much better result this weekend at Kansas.

 

William Byron, Driver of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:

Has the third-place finish at Martinsville given you more confidence heading into Kansas?

 

“The finish definitely has given me more confidence. I feel like we finally got a solid race under our belt and we can build from that to get good runs going in May at Kansas, Dover and Charlotte.”

 

How tough has it been to have so much time between your first top-five truck finish and the next race?

 

“It's tough just because all of the truck races are so much fun and a challenge for me, given that this is my first year, that I want to race the very next weekend every time I get out of the truck. With that said, we've kept our momentum up by continuing to run Super Late Models with KBM at Nashville and Pensacola in April, and testing the Tundra at Bristol a few weeks ago.”

 

You have a new Liberty University television commercial debuting on FS1 during the race Friday. What will your friends at school think of that?

 

“I think my friends will really like that. I know I had fun filming the segment and from what I've seen it turned out nicely. It'll be cool watching the race back and seeing the commercial.”

 

Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:

 

Last year this race was decided by fuel mileage. Will the caution clock prevent that from happening this weekend?

 

“I think the caution clock might cause the race to be broken up differently, but by the end of the race with the caution clock not in play the last 20 laps still means you could have to pit there at the end. That means some people saving fuel could definitely pay off, but it seems like the fuel mileage has gotten tightened up a little bit where everybody is sort of in the same boat, so I wouldn’t expect that. It should be more about the fastest truck and who can hold it wide open the longest.”

 

William Byron’s No. 9 Liberty University Tundra:

 

KBM-023: The No. 9 Liberty University team will race KBM-023, for Friday’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. This Tundra won the pole and led 151 laps at Kansas last year. With an 11-second lead, Erik Jones ran out of fuel with seven laps to go to finish 11th.

 

KBM-023 Performance Profile:

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

8/15/2015

Michigan

Jones

7

3

100/100

16

Running

8/1/2015

Pocono

Jones

1

10

69/69

9

Running

5/8/2015

Kansas

Jones

1

11

166/167

151

Running

2/28/2015

Atlanta

Jones

2

7

130/130

39

Running

11/14/2014

Homestead

Busch

5

4

134/134

6

Running

Totals

5 Starts, 0 Wins

 

3.2

7.0

 

221

 

 

Notes of Interest:

 

William Byron 2016:

• Earned first career top-five finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a third-place finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April

• Started and finished second in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February

 

William Byron 2015:

• Made first career NASCAR Camping World Series start at Phoenix International Raceway in November

• Captured the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and Rookie of the Year honors after producing four wins, three poles, 740 laps led, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes across 14 starts

• Picked up a victory at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway in just his second career K&N Pro Series East start, earned the championship lead after a runner-up finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in the third race of the season and stayed at the top of the standings for the remainder of the season

• Made two ARCA Racing Series starts where he led a race-high 120 laps in his series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis before settling for a runner-up finish when the race was decided by tire strategy. Also won the pole at Kentucky Speedway

 

Series

Races

Win

Top 5

Top 10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

NCWTS

1

0

0

0

0

6

0

5.0

31.0

K&N East

14

4

5

11

3

1729

740

3.8

6.8

CARS Super LM

3

1

3

3

0

400

156

5.3

2.3

ARCA

2

0

1

1

1

200

120

1.5

17.0

K&N West

1

0

1

1

0

68

0

2.0

5.0

Totals

21

5

10

16

4

2,403

1,016

3.5

12.42

 

William Byron 2014

• Named the N.C. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Rookie of the Year with seven poles, 10 podium finishes and 15 top-five finishes in 30 starts

• Won six of six races at Winter Nationals in Auburndale, Fla., and crowned Pro Legend Champion

• Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Winter Heat Series Champion in the Legend Car Pro division

• Two wins and seven podium finishes in Charlotte’s Summer Shootout Series Legend Car Pro division

 

William Byron 2013

• Competed in the U.S. Legend Car Young Lion Division where he earned 33 wins, 59 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes in 69 starts to become the U.S. Legend Champion

§        Won first-career feature at Concord (N.C.) Speedway

§        Won pole and feature at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway – first time on a track over a quarter mile

§        Won Legends All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

§        Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Champion

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 9 Tundra:

•  The No. 9 team is using the Owner’s points earned by the No. 4 Tundra team last season

•  Ten members of this year’s No. 9 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 4 Tundra team which collected three wins, five poles, 925 laps led, 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2015 NCWTS Driver’s and Owner’s Championship. They have one top five so far in 2016.

 

KBM NCWTS Program

•  Has collected one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Championship, four Owner’s Championships, 46 Truck Series victories and 24 poles across 282 starts since originating in 2010

•  46 career Truck Series victories as an organization ranks second all-time behind Roush Fenway (50)

•  14 victories as an organization during the 2014 season broke the Truck Series record of 12 set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001

•  Seven different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 29. Erik Jones has collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin produced two victories and Christopher Bell, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott all collected one triumph

•  Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2016 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway

 

KBM NCWTS @ Kansas Speedway

•  KBM drivers have collected one win, two poles, 301 laps led, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.5 across 12 starts at Kansas

•  Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected the team’s first win at the 1.5-mile track in 2014; Busch captured the pole and led 104 of 167 laps

•  A KBM Tundra has led at least one lap in five of the six races that the team has entered since its inception in 2010

 

The Fugle File:

Fugle begins his third season as a crew chief at KBM and fifth overall with the team. Under his tutelage last season, Erik Jones posted three wins, five poles, 925 laps led, 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes en route to becoming the youngest champion in Truck Series history and the first driver to collect both the Rookie of the Year and the series title in the same year. The duo also nabbed KBM its record-breaking fourth Truck Series Owner’s championship last season, which was the second with Fugle calling the shots. In 2013, he led KBM’s No. 51 Tundra team to a series-leading six wins and an Owner’s Championship. Entering 2016, the New York native’s Truck Series drivers have totaled nine wins, six poles, 21 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes across his 44 races atop the pit box for KBM.

 

Fugle has one pole (Erik Jones, 2015), as a crew chief in three starts at Kansas. Jones led 151 laps in 2015, but ran out of fuel in the closing laps to finish 11th.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 9 Liberty University Toyota Tundra 2016 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Driver Pts./Pos.

2/19

Daytona

Byron

13

13

100/100

0

Running

20/11th

2/27

Atlanta

Byron

15

32

59/130

0

Engine

21/26th

4/2

Martinsville

Byron

7

3

255/255

0

Running

51/12th