Just over one month ago, William Byron earned his best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway when he placed third at the "paperclip." The 18-year-old rookie contender has had to wait a month to climb back into his No. 9 Liberty University Tundra to race again, but Byron has stayed busy with school and other forms of racing to keep his momentum going into Friday night's race at Kansas Speedway.
The weekend after Martinsville, Byron was off to Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., to race for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the ARCA CRA Super Series event where he started 16th and finished fifth. His fellow classmates at Charlotte Country Day School actually saw him at school for a full week following Nashville, before he was off to test his Tundra at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 18-19 as one of his rookie tests. Byron was so pleased with his test results at Bristol that he was ready to take on the half-mile bullring immediately, but is forced to wait until August for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Next on the busy teen's schedule was another KBM Super Late Model race at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., last weekend. There he started third and finished seventh. Then there was more testing, but this time at school as Byron prepares for his final month of high school and graduation day on May 27.
This weekend Byron will finally be able to get behind the wheel again to hopefully continue the momentum he started a month ago at Martinsville. In his only other mile-and-a-half track start this season at Atlanta, he appeared to be a contender. Byron started 15th, but with a fast Tundra worked his way up to second place. He was running second on lap 59 when suddenly his oil pressure dropped and an engine issue relegated him to a last-place finish. Despite what the end result was on paper that day, Byron and the KBM team know they had a strong Liberty University Tundra and are looking forward to a much better result this weekend at Kansas.