|Rick Hendrick (L) lands William Byron|
Hendrick Motorsports secured its future today, signing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point leader William Byron to a multi-year driver agreement. Byron, whose five Truck Series win this season is already a series record, will race full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Hendrick Motorsports affiliate JR Motorsports, beginning in 2017.
“William is a special person and a special talent,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “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, 18, won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2015,and through 13 races of his rookie Truck series campaign driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, already owns 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.”
Byron has past ties with JR Motorsports, after winning two races with JRM’s Late Model program in 2014 and 2015; his first seasons in 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 [XFINITY Series] 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.”