ROOKIE STANDINGS: Following a top-20 finish at Martinsville Speedway on March 26, William Byron moved into the top spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. The 20-year-old driver was within a few points of taking the lead prior to the race and now leads by 11 points in the standings. Byron is on a roll of earning NASCAR rookie of the year titles to this point, going back-to-back-to-back in the Xfinity Series in 2017, the Camping World Truck Series in 2016 and the K&N Pro Series East in 2015.
ANOTHER RACE FOR LIBERTY: This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, the blue and red Liberty University colors will adorn the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the second race in a row, and Liberty’s third of the season. Liberty is the majority primary partner of the No. 24 team with 12 races in 2018. Liberty University, founded in 1971, offers more than 550 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. Byron, a sophomore majoring in business communications, takes online classes at Liberty, which offers more than 250 programs online.
AT TEXAS: Byron has four national series starts at the Fort Worth, Texas, track, including a win in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the 1.5-mile oval on June 10, 2016. The win was his second of seven wins during the 2016 Truck Series season and made him the youngest-ever NCWTS winner at Texas Motor Speedway. In the four national series starts, Byron never finished outside of the top 10 in NCWTS or Xfinity Series competition. He’s led in both series for a combined total of 40 laps and has an average finish of 3.5 in NCWTS and 8.0 in Xfinity.
NOT BAD FOR A ROOKIE: The 1.5-mile track has been fairly kind to rookies in the last 17 years with eight of them earning top-five finishes there, which could be a good omen for Byron, especially given his past success in other series in the Lone Star state. However, only one rookie has ever won at Texas Motor Speedway – Dale Earnhardt Jr. in April 2000.
JG VIP EXPERIENCE: Byron will participate in the 2018 Jeff Gordon #24Ever VIP Experience this weekend. The experience gives fans the opportunity to meet two drivers of the No. 24 Chevrolet – Byron and Gordon – and includes a meet-and-greet, an autograph and a photo, along with a behind-the-scenes garage tour and an exclusive gift. The experience, which sold out for Texas, is available at seven future races including Bristol Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Spots are extremely limited and this is the final year the package will be available. Visit www.jeffgordonvip.com for more information or to purchase a spot.
REFLECTING, UNWINDING: On the Easter off-weekend, Byron was able to take some time away and vacation in the Bahamas. The 20-year-old driver says the beach is one of his favorite vacation spots and he enjoyed the opportunity to unwind and process what he learned throughout the first six races of his rookie season in the Cup Series, which included leading 16 total laps in Cup competition and recording a best finish of 12th at ISM Raceway. Read more about Byron’s take on his first six races here.