Hickory, N.C. (June 7 2014) – William Byron and the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet finished 11th on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway (HMS) and maintained the points lead at the short track after nine NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) races this season.
Byron and the team had a solid practice session on Saturday afternoon prior to qualifying for the 50-lap event. The No. 9 Liberty University car was too tight during Byron’s qualifying lap and he lined up seventh for the race. Just two laps into the feature race, the No. 12 car made contact with Byron’s No. 9 Chevrolet. Byron was able to save the car from spinning out, but unfortunately the contact knocked the front toe out of the car. The Liberty University car’s handling was never the same for the remaining laps. Byron and his JR Motorsports car were 11th when the checkered flag waved.
“Practice went really well and we had a decent qualifying run,” said Byron. “It was disappointing we were involved in an early incident but I felt great about the car we had up to that point. We’ve been making gains on the car all year and we are on the right track. I can’t wait to get back in the car next weekend.”
Byron and the No. 9 team will compete in the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 321 Lawnmower/Bojangles – Church night race on June 14 at HMS.