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Nov 24
2016

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

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November 24, 2016

WILLIAM BYRON
Byron Still Has High Goals Set for Homestead Finale
 
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2016) - 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.

William Byron, Driver of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:
Does knowing you are not in the Championship 4 change your mindset going into the final race?
"I think a little bit knowing we have the pressure lifted off our shoulders. We can just go out there and race, but we still have a lot on the line as far as how my team wants to finish out the year and we can still win the Owner's championship. We've had an awesome year, so it would be really cool to go out with a win. Hopefully we can do that."
 
How much would it mean to you to get a seventh win before the season ends?
"We tried to get one last week, but to get a seventh win would really cap this year off. A win at Homestead would also give our team the Owner's championship for KBM. Since we were eliminated from the Driver's championship last week, it would mean a lot to my team to be able to give Kyle and Samantha (Busch) their fifth owner's title. We've got an amazing team and Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) has done a fantastic job this year helping me grow as a race car driver."
 
What did you learn from your test at Homestead a few months ago?
"It was really hot and muggy, so I learned a little bit about the race track and a lot about what it's like to be in Miami in August. It's great experience just to have a feel of the race track and a visual before you go there. Hopefully that will help us unload close to what we need to be fast."
 
Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 9 NCWTS Liberty University Tundra:
Talk about the final race of the season with William at Homestead:
"We were lucky enough with William being a rookie that we were able to test at Homestead in August. Homestead is a rhythm race track, kind of like Martinsville, but at a mile-and-a-half track. Having him learn the rhythm there, how the tires get worn out and all that stuff was great. We're just going to go down there and put the best truck on the race track we can and we'll give it everything we've got and fight all night long for that Owner's championship and hopefully our seventh win of the season."
 
William Byron's No. 9 Liberty University Tundra:
 
KBM-038: The No. 9 Liberty University team will race KBM-038 for Friday's NCWTS 200 at Homestead. This is a new Toyota Tundra.
 
 
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 22 races leads the NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 10 points and is one of four teams in the running for the 2016 Owner's Championship
 
Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
22
6
10
15
2
3114
696
5.8
9.5
ARCA
2
0
1
2
0
160
3
2.5
5.0
Totals
24
6
11
17
2
3274
699
4.1
7.2
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 two poles in 22 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 (55), 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 55 wins, 27 poles, 131 top-five and 207 top-10 finishes across 344 starts since originating in 2010
  • Nine 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 Daniel Suarez, 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 @ Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • KBM drivers have collected three wins, 216 laps led, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.9 across 13 starts at Homestead
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch scored KBM's first win in 2010, then again in 2013 and Darrell Wallace Jr., won in 2014
  • Christopher Bell will be contending for KBM's second-consecutive driver's championship, while Bell and Byron's teams will both compete for KBM's fifth Owner's championship Friday night.
 
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 (Busch - 2013), two top-10 finishes and his Tundras have led 62 laps in two starts as a crew chief at Homestead.
 
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
 

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