Lake Erie, Pa. (September 14, 2013) - In a race determining the tiebreaker for the U.S. Legends Young Lions national points championship 15-year-old William Byron did what he had to do: finish ahead of two racers he is in a tight battle with for the national championship on the high banks of the three-eighth mile Lake Erie (Pa.) Speedway.
Byron knew he had a long way to go. Starting 21st in the star-studded field added pressure to the biggest race of the season; the 40-lap race. Byron sped through the field and after only three laps raced from 21st to 10th. He continued his march, strategically passing cars with the goal of racing his Dennis Lambert-prepared machine around the two rivals also vying for the national points championship.
With less than 10 laps to go Byron had accomplished his goal and drove comfortably in second spot to cruise to his runner-up finish. Byron now holds the tiebreaker for the national title and needs only two more wins to cinch the national points championship in his rookie season.
"Dennis Lambert and I were faced with a huge challenge heading into the National race by starting 21st,” stated Byron. “I was able to pick off cars fairly quickly by making some bold moves, and I positioned myself in the hunt to finish ahead of the competitors I needed to for the National Championship.“
"As a team we feel that we really earned the championship at Lake Erie Speedway this week,” added the happy racer. “After starting 21st in the race today and passing 20 cars to finish second feels amazing. We gained the advantage over the other two contenders in the championship that we needed to finish ahead of and I think we have proven that we are a team worthy of winning this title."
It was a long three days for the North Carolina based team who now head back to the hometown surroundings of Concord Speedway for the last seven races of the 2013 season.