Hickory, N.C. (June 28, 2014) – William Byron earned his second-career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Late Model pole position on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway (HMS). Byron drove his No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet to the top of the speed chart in qualifying, outpacing the other 23 cars in the field. Byron then went on to earn his seventh top-10 finish of the season in the 100-lap event at the North Carolina short track.
“We nailed qualifying and put down a great lap for the pole,” said the 16-year-old Byron. “I am getting a good handle on qualifying and figuring out the fine line it takes to turn that quick lap. This pole means a lot to the Liberty University team and it shows we have the speed to be up front.”
The No. 9 Late Model started out strong when the green flag waved. Since the teams are only allowed one set of tires for the race, Byron focused on saving his four Hoosiers over the first 30 laps of the race. He dropped back to fifth to manage the tire wear and have something for his competitors over the closing laps. However, at the midpoint of the 100-lap event the car got a little too loose. Despite the handling, Byron was able to bring the blue and white Liberty University car home in the top 10.
“This solid run was what the team and I needed,” said Byron following the race. “We will build on our success tonight so we can come back in a couple weeks and have an awesome run. I’m really proud of the effort from my crew chief and the entire JR Motorsports crew that works on my car.”
Byron currently leads the rookie-of-the-year points and sits second in the overall standings at Hickory Motor Speedway after 11 of 20 races. Byron and the No. 9 team return to action at HMS for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race on July 12 following the Fourth of July holiday weekend.