William Byron
Hendrick Motorsports
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The two-season trend line for Byron is tantalizing. After a forgettable rookie campaign, Byron went out in 2019 and posted five pole positions, five Top-5 and 13 Top-10 finishes en route to an 11th-place points finish. The Hendrick Motorsports youngster is just 22-years-old, but he's a very quick study behind the wheel. The pairing with crew chief, Chad Knaus, last season appears to have been a winning move for the No. 24 team. Byron's development is following a similar trend line to that of Hendrick teammate, Chase Elliott. It's just a matter of time before Byron is winning races and contending for championships. The 2020 season could see this driver and team explode with the upside that Byron possesses. We feel that the 12th-place ranking in the pre-season standings is really the floor for this young driver. Read Past Outlooks
Fast Daytona Practice
NASCAR Cup
February 14, 2020
Byron was fastest in third practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 204.587 mph.
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Byron was impressive once again in this third practice for the Daytona 500. The young driver led a brigade of Chevy Camaros atop the scoring pylon at the World Center of Racing. Byron edged Ryan Preece for the fastest lap of this session. The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet is looking like a sound fantasy play for Sunday's Great American Race.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Hendrick Motorsports youngster had a tough transition from winning the Xfinity Series championship in 2017 to becoming a Rookie of the Year candidate last season. Byron struggled to just four Top-10 finishes in 2018 while at the same time suffering through nine DNF's. The learning curve for the 21-year-old was steep and brutal. As the old saying goes, there's nowhere to go but up from here, and in many ways that's very true. Byron has big potential, but he's a raw talent at this point. Seven-time championship crew chief, Chad Knaus, is being brought in to head up the No. 24 team and to be mentor and teacher to Byron. It's likely a great move by the organization. We believe Byron has the most room to grow of any of the Top 20 drivers. That upside is great potential for speculation in 2019.
After winning the 2017 Xfinity Series championship, Byron makes the jump into NASCAR's top division. Byron is fresh off a four-win, 22 Top-10 finish campaign that led to the title in the Xfinity Series. The 20-year-old driver will now take over the No. 24 Chevrolet in Hendrick Motorsports' camp and pair with crew chief Darian Grubb. While there will be some lessons learned and some bumps along the way, but it's a great situation for Byron. He will be in a team that can help him win Rookie of the Year. Despite only 57-combined starts of experience between the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, he has 11 victories in those starts. The level of talent is obvious, and Byron's ability to adapt to greater competition is clear. He'll have every chance to win the ROTY and to exceed expectations in 2018.
One of the biggest driver defections of last season was the move of Byron from the Toyota camp in the truck series to the Chevrolet camp of JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Byron signed a deal to make the move up in NASCAR and further his development. The young driver grabbed attention last season in the truck series with a stunning seven-win campaign and Rookie of the Year honors in that division. Before that Byron claimed the championship with a four-win campaign in the K&N Pro Series East in 2015. His trajectory through the world of stock car racing has been rocket-like. Now Byron will hope to take the next steps with this strong JR Motorsports team. He should be the top contender to win Rookie of the Year in 2017, and possibly surprise in the final driver standings.
The 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion gets a big promotion in 2016. Byron will take over the No. 4 Toyota Tundra that Erik Jones raced much of last season. The 18-year-old talent got a one-race audition with KBM last year and that was enough to secure him a ride for the upcoming season. It looks as though Byron will bring his own sponsorship to the ride in the way of Liberty University, and he'll be paired with crew chief Rudy Fugle. It's going to be an exciting opportunity for this young driver to flourish right away in his first full season of truck series racing. Byron won four races and led 740 laps last season in his championship campaign in the K&N Pro Series East, so there's little doubt about his driving ability.
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Wins Daytona Duel 2
NASCAR Cup
February 13, 2020
Byron won Daytona Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night.
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Runner-up Finish at Martinsville
NASCAR Cup
October 27, 2019
Byron finished second in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Fifth-Place in Hollywood Casino 400
NASCAR Cup
October 20, 2019
Byron finished fifth in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Charlotte Roval Pole
NASCAR Cup
September 27, 2019
Byron won the pole for the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 103.198 mph.
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25th-Place at Richmond
NASCAR Cup
September 21, 2019
Byron struggled and finished 25th in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway Saturday night.
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