William Byron Reveals New NASCAR Camaro
Liberty U. Freshman to Pilot New NASCAR Race Car in Xfinity Series
JR Motorsports (JRM) has a new, young, and talented driver on their team for the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series: William Byron. So, it’s only fitting that Byron would be driving a brand new car as well. The Liberty University Freshman will once again enjoy the school’s backing as a sponsor, but this time on a brand new NASCAR Camaro stock car. JRM made the announcement following the unveiling of the car, which took place during a Facebook live stream.
And though 2017 marks Byron’s debut in the Xfinity Series, the 19 year old is no stranger to NASCAR success. Fresh off winning the Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, he racked up a record 7 wins in 2016. Byron spent the last two years with Kyle Busch Motorsports in that series. But prior to that, he raced Late Model with JRM and Liberty as partners. All three can’t help but be excited at the prospects of this latest reunion.
“I’m really excited to have Liberty back on board this year and to have the No. 9 back on there,” Byron said. “I’ve been honored to have had Liberty as a partner the last few years, and I’m excited to take them into the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season.”
“Welcoming back both William and reuniting with Liberty University, it feels like a homecoming for us,” added Kelley Earnhardt Miller, General Manager of JRM. “It’s remarkable to see how quickly William has advanced his talents since he drove for our Late Model team.”
‘I’m really excited to have Liberty back on board this year
and to have the No. 9 back.’
— William Byron
JRM also announced that Dave Elenz will serve as Byron’s crew chief for 2017. Elenz previously helped guide JRM’s number 88 car to four wins over two years.
Byron will certainly have his hands full as a full time student and driver, but he doesn’t sound fazed. “I just try to stay focused,” said the Business Communications major. “It’s a good way to get away from the track and have something to do so I really enjoy trying to pursue my degree and keep that going.”