Over the years, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway has not typically been kind to rookies. However, William Byron is no ordinary rookie. With his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, he broke the record for most wins in a rookie season in the series. Byron leads the regular-season point standings and has a 19-point lead in the rookie standings as well. With his place secured in the inaugural NCWTS Chase, he has his sights set on his sixth win of the season this week at Bristol.
This will not be Byron's first time racing at the half-mile bullring. He competed in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race there in 2015 when he started fourth and led 44 laps en route to a second-place finish. He was also able to test his Liberty University Tundra there in the spring, which gave him valuable experience to learn the different aerodynamics and handling of the trucks at Bristol. Ever since that test in April, Byron has been chomping at the bit to race there again.
The Kyle Busch Motorsports team will be bringing a race-winning Tundra to Bristol for Wednesday night's UNOH 200. Chassis KBM-031 is the same Tundra Byron led 107 laps with and then drove to Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway in June for his third win of the season. He also finished third with it at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April.
Although he is already locked into the Chase, Byron has as much determination as ever to win as many of the next four races as he can before the Chase begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The rookie phenom intends to continue breaking records and winning races right up through the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to decide the championship.