Despite no longer being eligible to win the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Driver's championship, William Byron has still set some pretty high goals for the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. He is still determined to make one more trip to Victory Lane this season to earn the seventh win of his rookie season. The No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team is also competing for the 2016 NCWTS Owner's championship, which would be the fifth for KBM.
After a heartbreaking elimination from The Chase last weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, Byron was quick to replace the disappointment with anticipation for the next race. He is determined to finish his record-breaking rookie season with one more win to add to his collection of 2016 trophies. After claiming six victories this year, he is already the winningest rookie in NCWTS history. One more would just be icing on the cake.
Byron and his team are also still eligible for the 2016 NCWTS Owner's championship, battling his KBM teammate Christopher Bell, fellow Toyota driver Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. The driver who finishes highest among those four will take home the owner's trophy, which would be the fifth for KBM in only seven seasons of competition. In fact, KBM has a chance at three different winners in one race Friday night. Depending on how the race plays out, Daniel Suarez could win the race, Christopher Bell could win the Driver's championship and William Byron could win the Owner's championship all in one night.
Byron used one of his rookie tests at Homestead in August and hopes the experience he gained will benefit him Friday night. This will be his last start in a KBM Tundra before moving on next year, and he desperately wants one more opportunity to celebrate with his team and prove that being eliminated from the Chase did not eliminate their competitiveness and desire to win.