Hickory, N.C. (May 3, 2014) – William Byron showcased patience and consistency once again at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and earned his fifth-consecutive podium finish in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) at the track. Byron started from the fifth position in his No. 9 Liberty University Late Model car before taking the checkered flag behind his JR Motorsports (JRM) teammate Josh Berry.
“I’m proud of the whole JR Motorsports team to finish first and second again,” said Byron. “I couldn’t be more thankful to have such a great group of guys working on my car and helping me every week. Josh (teammate Berry) is a great driver and it’s an honor to race with him every week.”
Byron started from the fifth position for the 50-lap event. With the short race, he knew a top-five starting position would be key to get a top finish. The green flag waved and Byron continued to run in the top five. He had a plan before the race started, and waited for the cars in front of him to burn up their tires. After 10 laps, Byron made his move and began working his way up through the field. He made it all the way up to the second position behind Berry.
Byron was able to take a shot at the lead on several restarts following incidents on the track. The outside line and a tight-handling Liberty University car made it so he could get door-to-door with his JRM teammate through turn one but couldn’t complete the pass. He took the checkered flag in the runner-up position, remaining the only driver in the NWAAS Late Model Division at Hickory Motor Speedway to earn podium finishes in all five races this season. The 16-year-old rookie remains in the hunt for the Hickory Motor Speedway points championship.
“I really think our time is coming,” said Byron. “I’m learning so much every time on the track. I can’t wait to get this Liberty University car in victory lane.”