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William Byron

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Born: 29 November 1997
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's William Byron (racing driver) page on 24 February 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

William McComas Byron Jr. is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports. He won the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The following season he won both the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship and 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Byron also won the 2018 MENCS Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.

Byron became interested in iRacing when he was six years old after seeing a stock car race on Twitch, later attending a race at Martinsville Speedway in 2006. He began racing on the iRacing simulator as a teenager with over 1 wins and 2 top fives in online competition.

In 2012, he and his father explored how Byron could start racing offline, in real cars. He started racing Legends that year at the age of 15, relatively late for modern drivers. That year he won 33 races and became the Legend Car Young Lions Division champion.

For 2014, Byron signed with JR Motorsports late model program, in addition to continuing Legends competition. Byron competed in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina for JRM. Byron scored a single victory and 11 top-five finishes, finishing second in points to teammate Josh Berry at Hickory.


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Subject:  William Byron Pit Stop
Photographer:  Andrew Roberts
Event:  2019 Daytona 500
View photo of William Byron Pit Stop at the 2019 Daytona 500 - 5.7MB


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