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
Wins Daytona 500 Pole Position
February 10, 2019
Byron won the pole for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 194.305 mph.
Hendrick Motorsports dominated this pole qualifying session at Daytona. HMS teams turned the four-fastest laps of the afternoon with Byron in the No. 24 Chevrolet leading the way. Byron edged teammate, Alex Bowman, for the top starting spot in next weekend's Daytona 500. it seems that new crew chief, Chad Knaus, is paying immediate dividends for this young driver and team.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Top 10 at Phoenix
November 12, 2018
Sunday at ISM Raceway, Byron led the Hendrick Motorsports teammates to the checkered flag in ninth, capturing his fourth Top-10 finish of the season. In the process, he earned the Cup Series rookie of the year honors, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
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Eighth at the Glen
August 6, 2018
After Chase Elliott's big win at Watkins Glen, Byron was the next Hendrick Motorsports teammate to the checkered flag on Sunday, finishing in eighth and earning his third Top-10 finish of the season, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
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Career-Best Finish at Pocono
July 30, 2018
Sunday at Pocono Raceway, three Hendrick Motorsports teammates took the checkered flag with Top-10 finishes. Alex Bowman led the way with a third-place finish, and Byron was the next teammate to cross the finish line in sixth. It marked a career-best finish for both drivers, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
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First Top-10 Finish at Texas
April 9, 2018
Byron and the No. 24 team certainly took a step in the right direction in the first race of April, taking home a 10th-place result Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.
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Fast Daytona 500 Practice
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Byron was fastest in Saturday's second practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. He turned a fast lap of 201.681 mph.
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