William Byron
Hendrick Motorsports
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Crash and DNF at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
September 19, 2020
Byron crashed and finished 38th in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night.
ANALYSIS
The young driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet set out to race his way into the next round of the Chase for the Cup, but ran into big trouble in this 500-lap battle. Lap 232 would see a slow car cause a big and unexpected back up on track. Christopher Bell would brake to avoid the slow car, but Byron would pile into the back of the No. 95 machine. The front end damage would be severe and crush the cooling system. The incident would send Byron to the garage for the night and end his chances of advancing in the Chase for the Cup playoffs.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Fifth-Place at Darlington
NASCAR Cup
September 6, 2020
Byron finished fifth in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Sunday night.
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Extension with Hendrick Motorsports
NASCAR Cup
September 1, 2020
On the heels of Byron's first-career Cup Series victory, the young driver has signed an extension through 2022 to drive for Hendrick Motorsports.
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Wins Coke Zero Sugar 400
NASCAR Cup
August 29, 2020
Byron won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night.
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Top-5 Finish at Dover
NASCAR Cup
August 23, 2020
Byron finished fourth in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Crew Chief will miss Kansas
NASCAR Cup
July 22, 2020
In anticipation of the birth of his second child, crew chief Chad Knaus will miss Thursday night's NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. In his absence, veteran crew chief Keith Rodden will call the shots for Byron and the No. 24 Axalta team at Kansas, Hendrick Motorsports PR reports.
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