Welcome back to Hickory Motor Speedway, William Byron.
Just hours after taking part in the first NASCAR Cup Series practice at the newly-repaved Atlanta Motor Speedway, Byron was winning in a Super Late Model at one of his old home tracks.
Byron piloted the No. 24 Donnie Wilson Motorsports entry to victory on the second day of racing in the Easter Bunny 150s at Hickory, enjoying a return to the site of some of his earliest Late Model triumphs.
“It was pretty fun,” said Byron in victory lane. “It was a lot of hard racing. The 88 [of Brandon Barker] was really good on the restarts at the end. The 53 [of Cole Butcher] was great all day. I felt like he was right there with me. If I made any mistakes, I was in trouble.
“Thanks to everybody that puts this deal together, Bond [Suss], Donnie Wilson, all the fans for coming out at Hickory.”
It had been seven years since Byron last competed at Hickory Motor Speedway, but he has plenty of fond memories at the North Carolina facility. Byron was once a runner-up in Hickory’s Late Model Stock track championship, as well as a former winner in both Late Model Stock and Super Late Model competition there.
Now, Byron can add another Hickory trophy to his collection.
“It’s great to be back here. It’s been a long time, so it’s fun to be back. I raced here a ton back in ’14 and ’15. It’s great to be out here. Thanks to everyone for letting me do it. It was a pretty awesome car.”
For the full race review and more, check out RacingAmerica.com.