William Byron

23-Year-Old Driver  
Hendrick Motorsports
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Season three in NASCAR's top division saw Byron continue to blossom as one of the sport's budding stars-to-be. The young driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet grabbed his first-career win in a thriller at Daytona late last season, and Byron grabbed 14 Top-10 finishes. The week-to-week consistency has yet to materialize, but we believe that could be coming in 2021. Rudy Fugle takes over as crew chief and replaces Chad Knaus atop the team's tool box as Knaus moves into Hendrick's VP of Competition role. Fugle has spent the last eight seasons guiding multiple drivers in the Camping World Truck Series to 28 total victories and two championships (Erik Jones and Christopher Bell). We like the pairing of this seasoned crew chief moving into Cup for the first time and the aggressive young driver Byron. This duo could make some major waves this season, and the potential is tantalizing. Read Past Outlooks
Fifth-Place at Martinsville
October 31, 2021
Byron finished fifth in the Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Byron continued to end the season on a hot streak with his performance in the Xfinity 500. The young driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet started 11th on the grid and raced into the Top 5 by the end of stage 1. Byron would remain a Top-5 driver for much of the remainder of the race. He would have a rather uneventful race en route to the strong fifth-place finish. It was Byron's 12th Top 5 of the season and extended his current Top-10 streak to three races.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The two-season trend line for Byron is tantalizing. After a forgettable rookie campaign, Byron went out in 2019 and posted five pole positions, five Top-5 and 13 Top-10 finishes en route to an 11th-place points finish. The Hendrick Motorsports youngster is just 22-years-old, but he's a very quick study behind the wheel. The pairing with crew chief, Chad Knaus, last season appears to have been a winning move for the No. 24 team. Byron's development is following a similar trend line to that of Hendrick teammate, Chase Elliott. It's just a matter of time before Byron is winning races and contending for championships. The 2020 season could see this driver and team explode with the upside that Byron possesses. We feel that the 12th-place ranking in the pre-season standings is really the floor for this young driver.
The Hendrick Motorsports youngster had a tough transition from winning the Xfinity Series championship in 2017 to becoming a Rookie of the Year candidate last season. Byron struggled to just four Top-10 finishes in 2018 while at the same time suffering through nine DNF's. The learning curve for the 21-year-old was steep and brutal. As the old saying goes, there's nowhere to go but up from here, and in many ways that's very true. Byron has big potential, but he's a raw talent at this point. Seven-time championship crew chief, Chad Knaus, is being brought in to head up the No. 24 team and to be mentor and teacher to Byron. It's likely a great move by the organization. We believe Byron has the most room to grow of any of the Top 20 drivers. That upside is great potential for speculation in 2019.
After winning the 2017 Xfinity Series championship, Byron makes the jump into NASCAR's top division. Byron is fresh off a four-win, 22 Top-10 finish campaign that led to the title in the Xfinity Series. The 20-year-old driver will now take over the No. 24 Chevrolet in Hendrick Motorsports' camp and pair with crew chief Darian Grubb. While there will be some lessons learned and some bumps along the way, but it's a great situation for Byron. He will be in a team that can help him win Rookie of the Year. Despite only 57-combined starts of experience between the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, he has 11 victories in those starts. The level of talent is obvious, and Byron's ability to adapt to greater competition is clear. He'll have every chance to win the ROTY and to exceed expectations in 2018.
One of the biggest driver defections of last season was the move of Byron from the Toyota camp in the truck series to the Chevrolet camp of JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Byron signed a deal to make the move up in NASCAR and further his development. The young driver grabbed attention last season in the truck series with a stunning seven-win campaign and Rookie of the Year honors in that division. Before that Byron claimed the championship with a four-win campaign in the K&N Pro Series East in 2015. His trajectory through the world of stock car racing has been rocket-like. Now Byron will hope to take the next steps with this strong JR Motorsports team. He should be the top contender to win Rookie of the Year in 2017, and possibly surprise in the final driver standings.
The 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion gets a big promotion in 2016. Byron will take over the No. 4 Toyota Tundra that Erik Jones raced much of last season. The 18-year-old talent got a one-race audition with KBM last year and that was enough to secure him a ride for the upcoming season. It looks as though Byron will bring his own sponsorship to the ride in the way of Liberty University, and he'll be paired with crew chief Rudy Fugle. It's going to be an exciting opportunity for this young driver to flourish right away in his first full season of truck series racing. Byron won four races and led 740 laps last season in his championship campaign in the K&N Pro Series East, so there's little doubt about his driving ability.
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Runner-up Finish at Fort Worth
October 17, 2021
Byron finished second in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Starting from the rear
September 26, 2021
Byron is starting from the rear in Sunday's South Pointe 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after multiple failed inspections, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Third at Bristol Motor Speedway
September 19, 2021
Byron finished third in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night.
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Runner-up Finish at Michigan
August 22, 2021
Byron finished second in the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Pole at Indy Road Course
August 15, 2021
Byron won the pole for the Verizon 200 NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He turned a fast lap of 100.044 mph.
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