Charlotte, NC (July 7, 2015) --- William Byron and his HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks (HSMJM) Team came into the NAPA 150 race at Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway with high hopes and a patriotic paint scheme on the Liberty University Chevrolet. They faced several challenges however in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, but rallied to finish in the top 15. Byron continues to lead the overall standings by 20 points at the mid-point of the season.
Byron qualified the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet in the 13th position and raced his way up to the seventh spot by lap 100. On lap 109, Byron was involved in an incident with a lapped car causing extensive damage to the No. 9 Chevrolet.
Byron was forced to pit twice for repairs to the car, and his HSMJM crew worked quickly to keep Byron on the lead lap. He returned to the track in the 19th position with less than 30 laps remaining in the race. Byron remained focused despite the setback and damage to the car, and battled to pass five cars in the closing laps to bring home a 14th-place finish.
“We had a lot of adversity tonight in Columbus, but I learned a ton,” said Byron. “It’s not the night we wanted, but we will come back strong at New Hampshire. We have a lot of motivation to go there and run well. I’m looking forward to getting back on the track and get another solid finish for this No. 9 Liberty University team.”
The K&N East season is officially halfway through, and the rookie Byron continues to sit at the top of the championship standings. Byron has led the series for the last five races following his second-place run at Bristol on April 18.
Byron’s and his team have impressive statistics already this season. They have completed all but one of the 1,053 laps run and Byron has led a total of 498 laps. Their three wins this season (Greenville, Iowa and Langley) make Byron the only multi-race winner in the series. In seven starts, the team has a total of one pole award, three wins, four top-five and five top-10 finishes.
Byron will compete this weekend in the CARS Tour race at Motor Mile with LFR Chassis. It will be his second start with team in a Super Late Model following their win at Hickory Motor Speedway on May 9. Byron will then return to the NASCAR K&N East Series when he and the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17.