- William Byron
- Birth Date
- Nov. 29, 1997
- Charlotte, N.C.
William Byron is ready to take the next step in his already impressive racing career in 2017, driving the full NASCAR Xfinity Series season in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. In August of 2016, Hendrick Motorsports announced a multi-year driver agreement with Byron, which included a full-time NXS ride with JR Motorsports in 2017.
Byron competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season with Kyle Busch Motorsports, bringing home seven wins, three poles, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Byron was crowned the 2016 NCWTS Rookie of the Year, after having the most successful rookie season in series history.
The 19-year-old Charlotte, N.C. native is no stranger to championship runs in NASCAR competition, or to JRM for that matter. Byron was crowned NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion in 2015, after posting four wins, three pole positions, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Byron also ran a limited season of Late Model races for JRM in 2015, capturing one win, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
As a youngster, Byron started following NASCAR and begged his father to take him to his first race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in 2006. Everywhere he turned was a constant reminder of NASCAR. Byron soon became a regular on iRacing, the world’s premier online motorsports racing simulation, and developed into a student of the sport. Realizing that this was more than just a hobby, he and his father visited the U.S. Legend Cars International headquarters in Harrisburg, N.C., to learn about an affordable and accessible way to begin a racing career in the summer of 2012. They attended a race at Concord (N.C.) Speedway and it confirmed what his father already knew – the younger Byron had to fulfill his passion of driving a racecar.
Byron purchased his first Legend Car in the fall of 2012 and began competing in the U.S. Legend Young Lion Division in 2013. It turned out to be a storybook year for him. He competed in 69 Legend Car races across the United States, posting 59 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes en route to the 2013 U.S. Legend Young Lions National Championship. In addition, he won the 2013 Thursday Thunder Young Lions Championship at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., and the Young Lions Division Legends All-Star race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Byron turned Pro in Legends in January of 2014 and promptly won the Charlotte Winter Heat Series U.S. Legend Pro Championship. He was also crowned the Pro Legends Champion at the Winter Nationals at Auburndale (Fla.) Speedway, after winning all six races.
Byron competed over several series in 2014, gaining experience in full-size stock cars including: U.S. Legend Car Pro Division, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division and select Pro Late Models. He signed on to compete regionally for JRM’s Late Model program in January of 2014 and filled his racing schedule quickly. Byron competed 56 times and earned 24 pole awards, 11 wins, 29 top-three finishes, and 37 top-five finishes over the course of the year.
He acclimated to the Late Model car well for JRM in his first season, competing 21 times at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway against seasoned veterans and past champions. Byron took his first trip to victory lane in a stock car on Sept. 6 at the legendary North Carolina short track. In addition, he captured seven pole awards and 15 top-five finishes on his way to a second-place finish in the track championship standings. His Hickory results, along with success at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina, earned Byron the state’s Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Series.
Byron is not only passionate about his racing career, but about his education and faith as well. He is currently enrolled in online classes at Liberty University. Liberty University, Byron’s primary sponsor, is the largest private, non-profit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world.
Byron’s plate will be full once again in 2017 as he continues his ascension up the racing ranks. He looks to add to his racing success in the NXS this year as he competes for Rookie of the Year honors and a chance to hoist the championship trophy in the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro.