The 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season is coming to a close on Saturday afternoon at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. With that being said, so is William Byron’s XFINITY Series campaign too.
See, Byron is a rookie in the series. The 19 year old made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Phoenix in 2015. It was his first and only start of the year. In 2016, Byron ran a full season in the series with Kyle Busch Motorsports. He’d finish fifth in the final standings. What was impressive though was it only took him four races to get his first victory. In fact, Byron would win seven times last season, including in the season finale at Homestead.
Despite one season under his belt, he’d sign on as a Hendrick Motorsports developmental driver in the offseason and join JR Motorsports in the XFINITY Series for 2017.
What would his expectations be like? He’s had just 24 races in NASCAR, zero on the XFINITY Series level.
Well, it only took him 14 starts to get to victory lane, as the youngster has won four times this season, two of which at Daytona and Indianapolis. Byron, scored 11 top five finishes and 21 top 10’s in just 32 starts.
Here he is in the Championship 4 with a shot at a championship. To me, that’s exceeding expectations.
That’s earned him a ride with Hendrick in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next year now in the famed No. 24 Chevrolet. After just one season in Trucks and one year now in XFINITY Series competition, Byron is primed to move up to the Cup Series on the heels of 57 NASCAR starts.
First things first though, he wants a championship.