NASCAR Xfinity: deal with Hendrick puts William Byron in JRM car next year
William Byron (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday morningthat it had signed William Byron to a multi-year contract that will put him in a JR Motorsports NASCAR Xfinity Series entry full-time in 2017. JRM is co-owned by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, among others, and is affiliated with HMS.
“Even before I started racing, it was a dream of mine to drive for Hendrick Motorsports,” Byron said. “I have so much respect for the way Mr. Hendrick supports his people and encourages everyone to work together. This is the biggest announcement and biggest opportunity of my life, and I will do everything I can to make the most of it. I’m proud to be a part of this team.”
Byron is a rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, a team affiliated with Sprint Cup Series team, Joe Gibbs Racing. He is the series points leader after 13 races and leads the Truck Series in wins with five. His tally of five victories is a record for most wins by a rookie.
Last year, Byron was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion on the strength of four wins, five top-fives and 11 top-10s in 14 races.
“William is a special person and a special talent,” Hendrick said. “It’s been impressive to watch him come up through the ranks and have success at every level. What he’s already accomplished this season has been remarkable. On top of all his ability, he’s a terrific young man from a great family, and we think he has a very bright future with our organization.”
Byron’s 2017 stint as an Xfinity Series driver with JR Motorsports won’t be his first with the race team. He previously drove a Late Model for JRM.