LIBERTY U: This weekend, the blue and red Liberty University colors will adorn the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 10th time this season. Liberty is the majority primary partner of the No. 24 team with 13 races in 2018, with the final three races as primary scheduled for Bristol Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Richmond Raceway. Liberty University, founded in 1971, offers more than 550 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. William Byron, a sophomore majoring in business communications, takes online classes at Liberty, which offers more than 250 programs online, although the 20-year-old driver is currently enjoying a break from college courses over the summer.
AT KENTUCKY: There are still five racetracks on the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series schedule – six including the Charlotte ROVAL – where Byron will make his first Cup start, including this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway. However, the Cup Series rookie participated in a tire test there in May and he has raced at the 1.5-mile track previously in the both NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the ARCA Racing Series. In Xfinity last season, he earned a top-10 finish in the July race, but a loose wheel forced him to pit road in the September event and he finished 18th. In the truck race the prior season, Byron started third and led 70 laps en route to his fourth of seven wins in the series in 2016. In ARCA, he qualified on the pole but had to start in the rear and was collected in an early incident. In addition to Byron’s past success at the Sparta, Kentucky, track, the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet team will be in good hands from a leadership standpoint, as crew chief Darian Grubb has the second-most wins of any active crew chief on 1.5-mile tracks with 11 total wins on the track type.
KENTUCKY APPEARANCE: As part of the enhanced race weekend schedule, Byron will visit the “Trackside Live!” stage for a question-and-answer session on Friday, July 13, from 4:40 to 5 p.m. local time. The stage will be located in the Kentucky Speedway fan midway, between Gates 16 and 17.
TEAM JJF VISOR: Byron will join his Hendrick Motorsports teammates in wearing a strip across his helmet visor to support the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend in Kentucky.
POCONO VICTORY TOUR: On Wednesday, July 11, Byron will visit Boy Scouts Camp Minsi to spend time with the scouts and members of the media, racing canoes and fishing as part of the July Pocono Raceway Victory Tour. Byron became an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement rank of the Boy Scouts of America, in 2015 while racing full time and attending high school. Media members interested in covering the event can reach out to Kevin Heaney, director of content and communications at Pocono Raceway. Fans can track Byron’s day on social media by following @poconoraceway, @TeamHendrick, @WilliamByron and @Hendrick24team.
DAYTONA RECAP: Last Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, Byron looked to have a shot at earning his first NASCAR Cup Series victory. Unfortunately, after a fourth-place finish in Stage 1 and leading 12 laps in Stage 2, he was collected in a multiple-car incident – while he was leading – that ended the night for the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. However, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native continues to lead the rookie of the year standings and his top-10 stage finish was his seventh of the season, tying him for fourth in that category among Chevrolet drivers.
ROVAL TEST: On Tuesday, July 17, Byron is scheduled to participate in the NASCAR open test at the 2.28-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Please contact Tiffany Powers with any media requests. The test is open to the public and attendance at the “Test Fest” is free for fans.
William Byron on racing at Kentucky:
“Kentucky is usually very fast. It’s a repave, although the surface has worn a little over the last couple of times we’ve been there, so the grip level has started going away a bit. The biggest thing is just trying to be very smooth and not make mistake on restarts. It’s easy to get out of the groove, so you just try to make sure you don’t make a big mistake to cost yourself track position. From there, you just want to have good restarts and try to get to the bottom lane and be aggressive there. We had a tire test there, so that should help us a little bit.”