MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 27, 2014) – Liberty University has signed with William Byron to sponsor the No. 9 Late Model Stock car he is driving for JR Motorsports. The school will receive primary branding on the No. 9 late model as Byron competes regionally in the NASCAR Whelen Series for JR Motorsports this season.
“We welcome this opportunity to partner with William Byron, a young man who possesses the skills and values to become a champion, not only on the racetrack, but personally and professionally as well,” said Jerry Falwell, President of Liberty University.
Byron is in his first season with JR Motorsports. He joined the late model program in January after a 2013 U.S. Legends Cars debut that featured 33 wins and a Young Lions Division national championship. So far this year, the 16-year-old sophomore at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School has finished second in two late model races at Hickory (N.C) Motor Speedway.
“I am proud to represent such a fine university,” said Byron. “Liberty University provides a number of opportunities both on campus and online to accommodate those seeking a higher education. I understand the importance of balancing my education and passion for racing, that’s why this is a perfect partnership. In addition to representing Liberty on the track in my JR Motorsports car, I look forward to enrolling in my first online college class this summer.”
Byron, an avid iRacing simulation racer, didn’t start driving actual race cars full time until 2013, although his instant success made it hard to tell. Byron competed in 69 Legends Cars races across the United States, posting 59 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes. He turned Pro in Legends in January and promptly won the 2014 Charlotte Winter Heat Series U.S. Legends Pro Championship. He was also crowned the Pro Legends Champion at Winter Nationals in Auburndale, Fla., after winning six of six races.
“William, like so many of Liberty’s students, has applied skills developed and refined through virtual educational technologies to achieve practical success,” said Falwell. “Liberty is honored to spread the word about its unique educational opportunities while partnering with this rising star of racing.”
The JR Motorsports late model program is in its 13th year competing at tracks across the southeast. Byron’s teammate, Josh Berry, won the company its first championship in 2012 with the track title at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. Berry and Byron gave JRM a 1-2 finish last Saturday at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
The JRM late models will be back in action at Hickory on Saturday, March 29. For more information on Byron visit http://www.williambyron.com.
ABOUT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY:
Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 350 unique programs of study from the associate to the doctoral level. More than 180 programs are offered online. Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.
ABOUT JR MOTORSPORTS:
JR Motorsports is the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 11-time Most Popular Driver and winner of more than 40 NASCAR-sanctioned races. JR Motorsports competes in multiple racing divisions, including the NASCAR Nationwide Series, in which it has earned 12 victories since its inception in 2007. In 2012 the JRM late model program won the track title at Motor Mile Speedway with driver Josh Berry, giving the company its first championship. To learn more about the organization, its drivers and its sponsorship opportunities, visit www.jrmracing.com.
Tyler Overstreet, Public Relations Manager / JR Motorsports