William Byron
Hendrick Motorsports
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Hendrick Motorsports youngster had a tough transition from winning the Xfinity Series championship in 2017 to becoming a Rookie of the Year candidate last season. Byron struggled to just four Top-10 finishes in 2018 while at the same time suffering through nine DNF's. The learning curve for the 21-year-old was steep and brutal. As the old saying goes, there's nowhere to go but up from here, and in many ways that's very true. Byron has big potential, but he's a raw talent at this point. Seven-time championship crew chief, Chad Knaus, is being brought in to head up the No. 24 team and to be mentor and teacher to Byron. It's likely a great move by the organization. We believe Byron has the most room to grow of any of the Top 20 drivers. That upside is great potential for speculation in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
Backup Car at Loudon
NASCAR Cup
July 20, 2019
Byron crashed in Saturday's first-practice for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will go to the backup car for Sunday's race.
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The young driver lost grip in the apex of turns 1 and 2 and slid up the race track hard into the outside wall. Byron pancaked the entire right side of his No. 24 Chevy Camaro. The damage was pretty extensive, so the team immediately unloaded the backup car and began preparing it for final practice. Byron will have to fall to the back of the field at the start of Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After winning the 2017 Xfinity Series championship, Byron makes the jump into NASCAR's top division. Byron is fresh off a four-win, 22 Top-10 finish campaign that led to the title in the Xfinity Series. The 20-year-old driver will now take over the No. 24 Chevrolet in Hendrick Motorsports' camp and pair with crew chief Darian Grubb. While there will be some lessons learned and some bumps along the way, but it's a great situation for Byron. He will be in a team that can help him win Rookie of the Year. Despite only 57-combined starts of experience between the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, he has 11 victories in those starts. The level of talent is obvious, and Byron's ability to adapt to greater competition is clear. He'll have every chance to win the ROTY and to exceed expectations in 2018.
One of the biggest driver defections of last season was the move of Byron from the Toyota camp in the truck series to the Chevrolet camp of JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Byron signed a deal to make the move up in NASCAR and further his development. The young driver grabbed attention last season in the truck series with a stunning seven-win campaign and Rookie of the Year honors in that division. Before that Byron claimed the championship with a four-win campaign in the K&N Pro Series East in 2015. His trajectory through the world of stock car racing has been rocket-like. Now Byron will hope to take the next steps with this strong JR Motorsports team. He should be the top contender to win Rookie of the Year in 2017, and possibly surprise in the final driver standings.
The 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion gets a big promotion in 2016. Byron will take over the No. 4 Toyota Tundra that Erik Jones raced much of last season. The 18-year-old talent got a one-race audition with KBM last year and that was enough to secure him a ride for the upcoming season. It looks as though Byron will bring his own sponsorship to the ride in the way of Liberty University, and he'll be paired with crew chief Rudy Fugle. It's going to be an exciting opportunity for this young driver to flourish right away in his first full season of truck series racing. Byron won four races and led 740 laps last season in his championship campaign in the K&N Pro Series East, so there's little doubt about his driving ability.
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Runner-up Finish in Coke Zero Sugar 400
NASCAR Cup
July 7, 2019
Byron finished second in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Big Save in Daytona Practice
NASCAR Cup
July 4, 2019
Hendrick Motorsports driver Byron made a tremendous save during the final practice Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, keeping his car (mostly) straight after contact from the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski - contact both drivers ceded was intentional, NASCAR.com reports.
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Top-10 Finish at Pocono
NASCAR Cup
June 3, 2019
Byron started on the pole and was able to finish ninth in Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
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Wins Pocono Pole
NASCAR Cup
June 1, 2019
Byron won the pole for the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 173.494 mph
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Wins Coca-Cola 600 Pole
NASCAR Cup
May 23, 2019
Byron won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 183.424 mph.
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