William Byron never stops being a student, whether on the track or in the classroom. He has two new learning curves ahead of him this week. First up will be the two-mile oval of Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, followed by his first week of on-campus classes at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Byron has never raced at MIS in any series, but bigger tracks are nothing new for him. Four of Byron's five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) wins this season have come at tracks that are a mile-and-a-half, or larger in length. One of the biggest challenges of MIS is learning the draft. Although it is not a restrictor-plate track like Daytona or Talladega, the draft plays a big role at Michigan. Getting the feel of that in his Liberty University Tundra will be the first order of business for Byron upon his arrival in the Irish Hills.
He will have great resources behind him since his boss, Kyle Busch, won the NCWTS race at MIS last year. He will also be driving the same Tundra which took him to Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta last month after leading 70 laps.
Once the weekend is over, Byron will head to Liberty University for his next challenge as a student - his freshman year of college. Classes begin on Monday and he will juggle three on-campus classes, in addition to one online class and the nine NCWTS races which will remain this season. As if adjusting to your freshman year in college isn't tough enough at times, Byron will also face the added pressure of being in the inaugural NCWTS Chase. He is locked into the Chase with five wins and is aiming to be one of the last four drivers at the season finale at Homestead.
So far Byron has had a very successful freshman year in the Truck Series and would likely be considered an honor roll student. It will be a total success if he can also be an honor roll student at Liberty, while bringing home a second NCWTS Driver's Championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports in November and graduate at the top of the Truck Series class.