Hendrick Motorsports signs Truck star Byron to multi-year deal
In a stunning development, Hendrick Motorsports announced on Thursday it has signed current NASCAR Truck Series points leader William Byron to a contract to compete in the Xfinity Series in 2017 with JR Motorsports.
Byron, who has won five Truck races this season with Kyle Busch Motorsports as an 18-year-old rookie, has agreed to a multi-year deal with Hendrick, the team announced. He was thought to be a future star for Toyota Racing Development.
“William is a special person and a special talent,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, in a statement. “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 won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2015, when he posted four wins and won three poles. Through just 13 races this year, he has earned NCWTS victories at Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Kentucky and Pocono.
“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 part of this team.”
In 2017, Byron will drive fulltime for JR Motorsports, which won the 2014 Xfinity Series championship with Chase Elliott, now a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series. The team is owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Hendrick.
Byron has competed for JR Motorsports in the past, winning two races for its late model program in 2014 and 2015. It marked Byron’s first experience racing full-sized stock cars.
“I owe so much to Dale Jr. and everyone at JRM for taking a chance on me in 2014,” Byron said. “Looking back, I know none of this would’ve happened without that opportunity. I was there during Chase Elliott’s championship season and got to learn a lot. I know what they’re capable of, and I’m going to work really hard for them.”
Byron graduated as an honor roll student from Charlotte Country Day School on May 27. He is enrolled as a freshman at Liberty University, where he will take classes during the fall semester while racing full-time in the remaining 10 Truck series events and compete in the inaugural Truck Chase.
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