Byron Goes For Third Straight Xfinity Win
Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service
William Byron. Photo by Nigel Kinrade / LAT Images.
(Sparta, Ky.) – Going into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, people knew William Byron could wheel a race car.
He dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a Sunoco Rookie record seven wins last year.
Still, very few foresaw how quickly he’d adapt in his first season in the series where names are made. Byron has elevated his performance as the 2017 campaign hit its midway point with two consecutive victories and three straight top-two finishes.
The 19-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native will go for a third consecutive victory in Friday’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Only seven drivers in NASCAR Xfinity Series history have won three straight races. Byron would become the first rookie to achieve the feat.
“I’ve been extremely blessed, you have to have good fortune to win these races,” Byron said. “The other thing is just the confidence that it brings when you do win. You go to the track and you know how to win, what it feels like in those end situations when you’re on the front row or whatever on a restart. Once you get that feeling in your mind and your team gets it, it kind of builds that momentum and you try to keep that as much as you can, you try to keep everything positive.”
Byron sits second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, 59 points behind his JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler, but ranks first with 11 playoff points.
“I’m really excited about Kentucky,” Byron said. “Knowing that it is a repave, we will have to approach it with a similar mindset that we had at Texas. We had a solid car there and I think we can do the same thing at Kentucky. Hopefully we can get another win and keep the momentum rolling.”