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Nov 03
2016

William Byron Hopes To Revisit Victory Lane At Texas

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November 3, 2016

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2016) - There are only two tracks on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule which have two races each season, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth. The teams tackled the short track of Martinsville last weekend, and this week face the challenge of returning to the high banks of Texas. William Byron has been looking forward to going back to Texas after taking the win there in June in his first start at the 1.5-mile track. He hopes to repeat that performance Friday to advance to the Championship 4 in Miami-Homestead (Fla.) Speedway.

The 18-year-old rookie did not dominate the first Texas race in June, but drove like a veteran in the closing laps to take the checkered flag. Matt Crafton had led 133 of 167 laps and looked like he would easily get the win. Byron lined up alongside Crafton for the final restart of the race. The two battled for the lead for several laps before Byron fell back in line in third place, but he was not about to settle for that position. With 10 laps to go he passed Johnny Sauter for second place and had his sights set on Crafton. Byron slowly reeled him in with every passing lap and with five to go was able to get by him for the lead. Once he was out front, Byron drove away from the field in his Liberty University Tundra to win the race.

Kyle Busch Motorsports goes for three consecutive wins at Texas this weekend after claiming the last two NCWTS events at the 1.5-mile track. Byron won in June and Erik Jones claimed the victory last November after leading 117 laps in the same Tundra Byron will race Friday night. Owner-driver Kyle Busch also won with this truck at Texas in the fall race in 2014.

With only two races remaining in the Round of 6, and one slot already filled by last weekend's winner Johnny Sauter, the competition will be fierce at Texas trying to lock in one of the three remaining spots. If Byron can sweep this year's Texas races, he'll be on his way to the championship round, and perhaps another NASCAR series championship to go with last year's K&N Pro Series East title.

William Byron, Driver of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:
Having won at Texas in June, do you feel like this is your best shot at winning in this round of the Chase?
"I think so. I have the track time and the experience of knowing what it takes to win there. The only difference will be the track conditions since it was much hotter when we raced there in June. It was really hard to judge what the truck would be like when the lights came on and everything cooled off. It will be interesting to go back there this weekend and see what the track is like. I think we're going to have a lot of speed and hopefully get that ticket to the next round of the Chase."
 
This is the first time you haven't led the point standings since mid-June. Is that a concern with this Chase format?
"I think it's different, but last weekend we had a lot of adversity in practice, in qualifying we had oil on the track before we went out and in the race we had a couple mistakes. It's good we were able to rebound from that and be ahead of the cutoff line for the final round. We also know we can't lean on that gap, so we have to try to get a win like we have all year. I know we can turn the adversity into a positive and hopefully move on to the final round."
 
How does Texas compare to the other intermediate tracks on the NCWTS schedule?
"I think the track is a little bit more worn out and a little bit flatter than Atlanta. It's a slight similarity to Atlanta but that track is much colder since we race there in February. It's very different from Charlotte, Chicago, Kansas and Vegas. Hopefully we can lean on the things we've done well with at other intermediate tracks and get a win."
 
Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:
Do you think Texas is the team's best shot at winning a race in this Round of 6?
"I feel like both Texas and Phoenix are good tracks for us coming up in this round. Phoenix has been predominately KBM's best track. As a group, we probably should have won every single time we've raced there. We're really good at Texas too, so we want to get a good, solid finish and if we're in a good spot there at the end, we'll fight for a win."
 
William Byron's No. 9 Liberty University Tundra:
KBM-021: The No. 9 Liberty University team will race KBM-021 for Friday's Striping Technology 350. Byron won with this Tundra at Kentucky in July. Erik Jones also won with it at Texas last November. With nine wins, it is the winningest Tundra in the KBM fleet.
 
KBM-021 Performance Profile:
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
8/27/2016
Michigan
Byron
3
4
100/100
9
Running
7/7/2016
Kentucky
Byron
3
1
150/150
70
Running
5/20/2016
Charlotte
Byron
1
10
134/134
25
Running
2/27/2016
Atlanta
Byron
15
32
59/130
0
Engine
11/20/2015
Homestead
Jones
5
6
134/134
0
Running
11/6/2015
Texas
Jones
5
1
147/147
117
Running
6/5/2015
Texas
Jones
1
15
166/167
68
Running
5/15/2015
Charlotte
Jones
2
2
139/139
88
Running
10/31/2014
Texas
Busch
2
1
152/152
80
Running
9/27/2014
Las Vegas
Jones
13
1
146/146
19
Running
9/12/2014
Chicago
Busch
7
1
150/150
66
Running
6/26/2014
Kentucky
Busch
1
1
150/150
91
Running
6/6/2014
Texas
Jones
5
11
166/167
0
Running
5/16/2014
Charlotte
Busch
1
1
134/134
130
Running
11/15/2013
Homestead
Ky. Busch
12
1
148/148
62
Running
11/1/2013
Texas
Ky. Busch
11
28
96/147
2
Engine
9/13/2013
Chicago
Ky. Busch
7
1
150/150
52
Running
Totals
17 starts, 9 wins 
 
5.5
6.9
 
879
 
           
 
Notes of Interest:
William Byron 2016:
  • Earned first career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kansas Speedway in just his fifth series start (5/6/16) and followed that up with wins at Texas Motor Speedway (6/10/16), Iowa Speedway (6/18/16), Kentucky Speedway (7/7/16), Pocono Raceway (7/30/16) & New Hampshire Motor Speedway (9/24/16)
  • After 20 races leads the NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by nine points and is fourth in the Chase point standings nine points ahead of the cutoff line for making the Championship 4
 
Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
20
6
10
14
1
2826
584
6.2
8.8
ARCA
2
0
1
2
0
160
3
2.5
5.0
Totals
22
6
11
16
1
2986
587
4.3
6.9
William Byron 2015:
  • Made first career NASCAR Camping World Series start at Phoenix International Raceway in November
  • Captured the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and Rookie of the Year honors after producing four wins, three poles, 740 laps led, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes across 14 starts
  • Made two ARCA Racing Series starts where he led a race-high 120 laps in his series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis before settling for a runner-up finish when the race was decided by tire strategy. Also won the pole at Kentucky Speedway
William Byron 2014
  • Named the N.C. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Rookie of the Year with seven poles, 10 podium finishes and 15 top-five finishes in 30 starts
  • Won six of six races at Winter Nationals in Auburndale, Fla., and crowned Pro Legend Champion
  • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Winter Heat Series Champion in the Legend Car Pro division
  • Two wins and seven podium finishes in Charlotte's Summer Shootout Series Legend Car Pro division
 
William Byron 2013
  • Competed in the U.S. Legend Car Young Lion Division where he earned 33 wins, 59 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes in 69 starts to become the U.S. Legend Champion
  • Won first-career feature at Concord (N.C.) Speedway
  • Won Legends All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Champion
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 9 Tundra:
  • The No. 9 team has earned six wins, 10 top-five, 14 top-10 finishes and one pole in 20 starts this season.
  • Ten members of this year's No. 9 Tundra team were a part of last year's No. 4 Tundra team which collected three wins, five poles, 925 laps led, 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2015 NCWTS Driver's and Owner's Championship
 
KBM NCWTS Program
  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (54), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and mostOwner's championships (four) 
  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver's championship in 2015
  • Has collected 54 wins, 26 poles, 129 top-five and 203 top-10 finishes across 337 starts since originating in 2010
  • Eight different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 30. Erik Jones has collected seven victories, William Byron has earned six trips to victory lane, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin have produced two victories while Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2016 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway
KBM NCWTS @ Texas Motor Speedway
  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, one pole, 411 laps led, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.3 across 26 starts in the Lone Star state
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected two of his team's wins (2010 & 2014), Erik Jones earned the victory in November 2015 & William Byron took the checkered flag in June 2016
 
The Fugle File:
Fugle begins his third season as a crew chief at KBM and fifth overall with the team. Under his tutelage last season, Erik Jones posted three wins, five poles, 925 laps led, 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes en route to becoming the youngest champion in Truck Series history and the first driver to collect both the Rookie of the Year and the series title in the same year. The duo also nabbed KBM its record-breaking fourth Truck Series Owner's championship last season, which was the second with Fugle calling the shots. In 2013, he led KBM's No. 51 Tundra team to a series-leading six wins and an Owner's Championship. Entering 2016, the New York native's Truck Series drivers have totaled nine wins, six poles, 21 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes across his 44 races atop the pit box for KBM.
 
Fugle has two wins (Erik Jones in 2015 & William Byron in June 2016) as a crew chief in six starts at Texas. Fugle's Tundras have led 193 laps, including 117 of 147 laps in Jones' win last November.

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