Byron dominates, wins Truck Chase opener
September 24, 2016
From Motorsport.com, by Jim Utter
William Byron left little doubt as to why he is a serious contender to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in his rookie season.
Byron, who entered the inaugural Chase in the Truck series as the No. 1 seed, dominated Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as he collected his sixth win of the season and automatically advanced to the second round.
Christopher Bell, Byron’s teammate at Kyle Busch Motorsports, closed the gap immensely as Byron navigated lapped traffic in the final laps but could never get in position to make a pass.
Byron is the fifth consecutive driver to win the Truck series race at New Hampshire from the pole.
Matt Crafton finished third, Tyler Reddick was fourth and Timothy Peters ended up fifth. Crafton, Bell and Peters are all in the Chase.
“I was afraid (Bell) might catch us there at the end,” said Byron, who led 61 of 175 laps. “We started to get tight but that’s what happens sometimes when you get out front. It was just a great race for us. It’s really cool to get a win here to open the Chase.
“With these races there are usually cautions at the end and to not get a caution there, I was surprised. I was kind of expecting to get a caution and was hopefully saving something but we have it all we had the whole race.”
Byron, a student at Liberty University, signed a deal in August to join Hendrick Motorsports next season and compete in the Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports.
“Overall I had a great truck and great team and we’re going to try to keep this going all the way to Homestead,” Byron said.