Charlotte, N.C. (April 20, 2013)-Sometime in the early afternoon of Saturday, April 20 William Byron pulled into the pits at the .455-mile Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. It was his first view of the tricky asphalt track that would host the U.S. Legends Cars as part of a big night of racing that included the NASCAR Southern Modified Tour.
Byron had never raced on a track larger than a one-quarter mile before Saturday and if history would repeat itself first time racers would struggle with the blistering speed, that is unless you are William Byron, the self-taught iRacing specialist. Byron has only been racing since November and prior to that his only experience was racing online. His unlikely journey has seen the Charlotte County Day ninth grader win four out of the last five races at the Concord Speedway quarter-mile bull ring in his Rookie Season. When they cancelled Saturday's events they loaded his No. 25 Young Lions race car for the trip to Caraway.
The plan was to get some laps on the much larger and faster track but in practice it was evident that Byron's natural talent might make him a contender in his first visit to Caraway. William qualified in the number one position and redrew a number three which lined his Dennis Lambert-prepared race car on the inside of the second row. He waged a furious battle with Young Lions National Points challenger Brayton Haws but in the end pulled away to score his fifth win of the 2013 season.
"I know it sounds crazy but I figured the track out in about 10 practice laps", stated Byron." I really like the speed and had a great time racing with Brayton. I can't thank Dennis enough for giving me a great race car and my family for giving me the opportunity. This is a really great track to race at and hope we can visit here again soon".
Byron currently sits third in the U.S. Legends Car Young Lions National Points Championship and knows that he has his work cut out to challenge for the championship. "There are some great drivers like Brayton Haws, Payton Ryan and Connor Pyle who want this championship as bad as I do", added William. "We've got to win 25 races and a Regional Qualifier to have a chance. It's going to be a long summer of hard work and a lot of travel but racing is what I want to do".