K&N Champ William Byron Hopes to Set the Bar in Snowball Derby
December 2, 2015
By: Matt Weaver, Race22
One could say that William Byron has enjoyed a good year.
In addition to his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship, Byron also recorded a signature victory in the CARS Super Late Model Tour before securing a full-time Camping World Truck Series seat next season with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
That leaves only one thing left to accomplish before the turn of the calendar — win the Snowball Derby.
“I feel like a Derby victory would define my season,” Byron told Race22.com. “I’ve had wins this year that I cherish greatly but I don’t think any of them would compare to winning this one. They’re all important wins but this is a chance to see where I stack up against the guys I will race in the future.”
With an entry list containing 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott, Truck Series contender Daniel Hemric, future KBM teammate Christopher Bell and defending Snowball Derby winner John Hunter Nemechek, this is indeed where prospects go to set the bar.
Byron will pilot an LFR Chassis house car at the Derby and with support from Rob Fuller, Tony Eury Jr. and Jeff Fultz, Byron is bringing a tremendous amount of confidence to the Florida Gulf Coast. In his most recent start in an LFR Super Late Model, Byron defeated Chase Elliott in the CARS Tour race at Hickory and may have to do the same thing next week.
“I feel pretty good about where we should stack up,” Byron said “We’ve had four races this year with LFR and have a win in one of them. This is the race that we’ve all been waiting for since we agreed to work together.”
Even though this is his first attempt to make the Derby, Byron says he feels prepared thanks to a start in the Snowflake 100 last December. Even though he there to race in only the Pro Late Model division, Byron was making mental notes in advance for his return trip in 2016.
“I feel mentally prepared because I went through the pressure of having to qualify into the Snowflake (100) last year,” Byron said. “And then there’s the practice sessions and staying on top of all the changes the track will go through during the course of the week.
“The biggest thing is to just not overthink the race itself, because that’s only going to put more pressure on you as the week goes by. It’s important to prepare the best you possibly can but also stay relaxed too.”
Byron is no stranger to pressure.
He welcomes it and succeeds in the face of it. That makes him a considerable favorite entering the Super Bowl of Short Track Racing.
Snowball Derby week begins on Wednesday night with the qualifying pill draw and pit party. Qualifying for the event is on Friday night with the race itself kicking off on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Speed51.com will provide a live Pay-Per-View broadcast.