Charlotte, N.C. (October 25, 2014) --- William Byron ran his final Late Model race at Hickory Motor Speedway (HMS) for the season, and earned a fourth-place finish in the Fall Brawl. Byron started on the outside pole for the 150-lap race, often raced three wide and drove his Liberty University Chevrolet to its 11th top-five finish of the season at HMS.
“It was a great race and a good way to close out the season at Hickory.,” said Byron. “I think it really showed my progression and the progression of the team this year. Everyone was racing as hard as they could for 150 laps, and to keep the Liberty University car out of trouble and come home fourth was a really good day.”
Byron and his JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry occupied the front row for the Fall Brawl with team owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. looking on from the pits. Earnhardt, Jr. made the trip from Martinsville Speedway to see the duo compete at the short track where his grandfather once competed.
“It was great to have Dale there,” continued Byron. “He is very supportive of the Late Model program and having him there was a huge boost for the team. I had some time to talk with him after the race and those are times that his feedback and comments mean a lot.”
Byron and the No. 9 team discussed a strategy early on in preparation for the 150 laps: save tires, stay out of trouble and be there for the end. Byron raced in the top 10 the entire race, often three wide for several laps. With 30 to go, Byron was sitting in the fifth position and setting his sights on the fourth-place car of Coleman Pressley. He made the pass on Pressley on lap 125 after racing side-by-side for four laps. There were two caution flags over the final 25 laps, and Byron was able to maintain the fourth-place running position when the checkered flag waved.
“I feel like this was one of my best races this year,” said Byron. “I was aggressive when I needed to be but smart about it and gave as much feedback to the team as I could. The season at Hickory has been a great learning experience for me and I can’t thank the team, Dale Jr. and Liberty University enough for the opportunity.”
Byron’s season at Hickory may have come to a close, but he has four races remaining on his schedule for 2014 beginning with the All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville this weekend in a Pro Late Model car.