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2016

William Byron - No. 9 Liberty University Tundra NCWTS Phoenix Advance

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November 9, 2016

WILLIAM BYRON
Byron Hopes to Race His Way into the Championship 4 at Phoenix
 
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Only one race remains to determine which four drivers will compete for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship. William Byron will be one of five drivers vying for the final three spots since Johnny Sauter already secured his place in the Championship 4 with wins at the last two races. Byron heads to Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway second in the Chase points, but with only five points separating him from fifth place. The pressure will be intense Friday night for the Lucas Oil 150 as Byron fights to keep his championship dream alive.

Under the old point system, Byron would have a 10-point lead over second-place Sauter based on his six wins, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes throughout the season. With the introduction of the Chase format to the Truck Series this year, all of the teams have been learning to adjust their strategies to remain contenders. Byron has been locked into the Round of 8 since his first-career NCWTS win at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in May. He picked up his sixth win of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to capture the first Chase race and advance to the Round of 6. With top-10 finishes in the first two races of this round, Byron hopes to pick up where he left off at New Hampshire with a dominate performance at the one-mile oval of Phoenix.

Byron made his NCWTS debut at Phoenix last year. Although an accident took him out of the race after only six laps, he gained valuable experience during practice and qualified fifth. He also ran the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race last year and finished second. He has used the resources available to him to prepare for this year's race, including picking the brains of owner-driver Kyle Busch and former KBM teammate Erik Jones. While driving Tundras for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), Jones earned two wins in three starts at Phoenix and led the most laps in last year's event.

After 150 miles of racing Friday night at Phoenix we will know the other three drivers who may be the 2016 NCWTS Champion and William Byron wants to be sure his name in on that list.

William Byron, Driver of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:
Talk about the pressure heading into Phoenix being five points above the cut line for the Championship 4?
"It's a little bit of pressure for everyone who is not locked in. Hopefully we can capitalize on that and have the finish we need to get in order to get to Homestead. I think we're going to have a really good shot at a win, so if we can do that it would be the easiest way to ensure we are in the Championship 4 next weekend."
 
How much will it help you already having some experience at Phoenix?
"That is definitely going to be beneficial. Just having the track time from running the K&N Pro Series West race last year and getting seat time in the truck as well. I know what I'm going to need before I get there, so that will be a big help. I'm actually really excited that I've been there, even though my first truck start did not go as planned when we fell out of the race so early."
 
Is Phoenix a track you enjoy?
"Yes, I enjoy racing at Phoenix. We've really had quite a bit of success on one-mile tracks this year with wins at Iowa and New Hampshire, so hopefully that will continue this weekend and we can advance to the championship round."
 
Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:
What are your feelings going into Phoenix being five points above the cut line?
"We've got two one-race playoffs coming up and the first one is Phoenix. There are five guys fighting for three spots, so we plan on going out there to dominate and win. It's our type of race track and historically KBM teams are really good there. It's my favorite track and we feel at home going there. Of course, anything can happen there and maybe you don't advance, but that's just the way the drama unfolds with this new format. We'll go out and do the best we can and know we've got to beat two of the Chase contenders to go on to Homestead and have a shot at the championship."
 
William Byron's No. 9 Liberty University Tundra:
KBM-024: The No. 9 Liberty University team will race KBM-024 for Friday's Lucas Oil 150. Byron dominated with this Tundra at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September to claim the first race in the Round of 8.
 
KBM-024 Performance Profile:
Date
Track
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
9/24/2016
New Hampshire
Byron
1
1
175/175
161
running
6/25/2016
Gateway
Byron
3
17
160/160
47
running
10/31/2015
Martinsville
Jones
8
10
200/200
0
running
9/26/2015
New Hampshire
Jones
4
7
175/175
5
running
6/13/2015
Gateway
Jones
1
23
145/160
84
electrical
3/28/2015
Martinsville
Jones
4
3
258/258
2
running
11/7/2014
Phoenix
Jones
1
1
126/126
114
running
Totals
7 starts, 2 Wins
 
3.1
8.9
 
413
 
           
 
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 21 races leads the NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 15 points and is second in the Chase point standings, five points ahead of the cutoff line for making the Championship 4
 
Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
21
6
10
15
1
2973
584
6.0
8.7
ARCA
2
0
1
2
0
160
3
2.5
5.0
Totals
23
6
11
17
1
3133
587
4.2
6.8
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
Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
1
0
0
0
0
6
0
5.0
31.0
K&N East
14
4
5
11
3
1729
740
3.8
6.8
CARS Super LM
3
1
3
3
0
400
156
5.3
2.3
ARCA
2
0
1
1
1
200
120
1.5
17.0
K&N West
1
0
1
1
0
68
0
2.0
5.0
Totals
21
5
10
16
4
2,403
1,016
3.5
12.42
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, 15 top-10 finishes and one pole in 21 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 most Owner's championships (four)
  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver's championship in 2015
  • Has collected 54 wins, 26 poles, 130 top-five and 205 top-10 finishes across 340 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 @ Phoenix International Raceway
  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, one pole, 496 laps led, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.3 across 13 starts in the desert
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected the team's first win in 2011 at the one-mile track, Brian Scott claimed the win in 2012 and Erik Jones won two consecutive races in 2013 & 2014
 
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 one win (2013) and one pole (2015) as a crew chief in three starts at Phoenix. Fugle's Tundras have led 190 laps, including 106 of 150 laps last November with Erik Jones.
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 9 Liberty University Toyota Tundra 2016 NCWTS Box Score:
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
2/19
Daytona
Byron
13
13
100/100
0
Running
20/11th
2/27
Atlanta
Byron
15
32
59/130
0
Engine
21/26th
4/2
Martinsville
Byron
7
3
255/255
0
Running
51/12th
5/6
Kansas
Byron
2
1
170/170
34
Running
87/7th
5/13
Dover
Byron
1 (rain)
11
200/200
80
Running
111/6th
5/20
Charlotte
Byron
1 (rain)
10
134/134
25
Running
135/5th
6/10
Texas
Byron
6
1
167/167
6
Running
171/3rd
6/18
Iowa
Byron
5
1
200/200
107
Running
208/2nd
6/25
Gateway
Byron
3 (rain)
17
160/160
47
Running
226/1st
7/7
Kentucky
Byron
3
1
150/150
70
Running
263/1st
7/20
Eldora
Byron
18
14
150/150
0
Running
282/1st
7/30
Pocono
Byron
1 (rain)
1
60/60
44
Running
319/1st
8/17
Bristol
Byron
6
4
200/200
1
Running
349/1st
8/27
Michigan
Byron
3
4
100/100
9
Running
379/1st
9/4
Canadian Tire
Byron
5
10
66/66
0
Running
402/1st
9/16
Chicago
Byron
9
30
40/151
0
Accident
2015/1st
9/24
New Hampshire
Byron
1
1
175/175
161
Running
2052/1st
10/1
Las Vegas
Byron
10
5
146/146
0
Running
2080/1st
10/22
Talladega
Byron
8
10
94/94
0
Running
3000/1st
10/29
Martinsville
Byron
7
8
200/200
0
Running
3025/4th
11/4
Texas
Byron
3
6
147/147
0
Running
3052/2nd



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