Byron Ready to Tackle the Tricky Triangle of Pocono

After surviving his very first race on dirt last week, William Byron is ready to return to pavement racing. The 18-year-old rookie will now face a new challenge - a track without a fourth turn. Pocono Raceway, known as the "Tricky Triangle" due to its three distinct turns, can be a difficult track for even the seasoned veterans to maneuver. Byron is up for the challenge and is hoping to capture a record-breaking fifth win in his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

To help prepare for the Pocono Mountains 150, Byron competed in the ARCA Racing Series event last month at Pocono. He started third, led three laps and finished eighth for Venturini Motorsports, but gained valuable experience in the process. The extra track time will help him get up to speed faster when he climbs in his No. 9 Liberty University Tundra Friday afternoon for practice.

Byron will also have a pretty stout Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Tundra for Saturday's race. He raced this Tundra twice this year, and ended up in Victory Lane both times. This is the same truck which won at Kansas Speedway for Byron's first NCWTS win in May, and again at Texas Motor Speedway in June for his second win of the season. He hopes to keep the winning streak alive with win number five at Pocono.

Of course Byron is not the only one who hopes to win at Pocono. Four members of his KBM team hail from the state of Pennsylvania and consider Pocono their home track. Truck chief Cody Glick (Smethport), tire specialist Tyler Keiper (Pocono Summit), engine tuner Brian Fisher (Chambersburg) and spotter Tony Hirschman (Northampton) are all hoping to get a win in front of their friends and families Saturday. Based on the team's performance so far this season, it is a good bet they end the race with a celebration in Victory Lane.

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