NASCAR drivers running races in the offseason isn’t anything new. Christopher Bell went home to Oklahoma and scored Golden Drillers at the Chili Bowl and Tulsa Shootout, Kyle Larson went to New Zealand to race Sprint Cars, and even Brandon Jones was behind the wheel of a Late Model in his home state of Georgia this past weekend at CRA SpeedFest. But one driver did the same this past weekend without any fanfare. That driver was 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion William Byron.
Byron returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend to race a Legends car at the US Legends Car Winter Heat event on the “roval.” Not only did Byron race, but he won the race as well, beating out Dennis Lambert and Noah Korner.
The 20-year-old driver tweeted on Saturday, “I got to race my mentor and friend today out at the road course. So much fun.”
Byron got his start in racing by running Legends cars in the fall of 2012 with the help of Lambert. In 2013, Byron won 33 times in 69 races behind the wheel of a Legends car before moving into a Late Model in 2014. Since then, Byron has gone on to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship, seven races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, four races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, a championship in the XFINITY Series, and now he will be contending for Rookie of the Year honors in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Got to race my mentor and friend today out at the road course. So much fun. https://t.co/4KmNCl0CYL
— William Byron (@WilliamByron) January 27, 2018
The Charlotte native ran a car with Liberty University colors and the No. 25 on the side, which is one number up from the number he’ll be using in his first full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign this year for Hendrick Motorsports.
Speaking of his rookie season, while he may be a rookie he now already has a leg up on most of his competitor for when the series races the Charlotte Motor Speedway “roval” in October with a win already under his belt.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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