Biography - William Byron
William Byron is entering his fourth full-time season with Hendrick Motorsports driving the No. 24 Camaro ZL1 1LE, the number made famous by Jeff Gordon. He rose quickly through the ranks spending just one season in the Camping World Truck Series, where he had seven wins in 2016. The following year in the Xfinity Series, he tallied four more before getting the nod by Rick Hendrick to move up to the Premier Series.
William Byron - Racing Career
Byron began competing in the U.S. Legend Young Lions National championship in 2013, winning 33 times in his first driving cars. He was 15 at the time. He moved up to the Pro Division and won the Charlotte Winter Heat U.S. Pro championship and the Auburndale Winter Nationals.
While Byron wasn’t able to immediately duplicate his past successes once at the Cup level, he finally broke through in 2020, taking the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. He was part of the Hendrick Motorsports 1-2 finish, with Chase Elliott as the runner-up. Elliott would go on to be the series champion. The win automatically qualified him for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the second straight year, making it on points in 2019.
Named Rookie of the year in 2018 at the age of 20, Byron is just one of two drivers to capture Rookie of the year honors in all three NASCAR touring series. Erik Jones was the other. He has one other rookie trophy on his shelf, winning it in 2015 while competing in the K&N Pro Series East. He also added the series championship to his resume. Byron earned the 2018 Autoweek Rising Star in 2018 and was a 2015-16 NASCAR Next class member.
William Byron - Records
2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
Most wins by a rookie in the Truck Series (7)
2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
2019 Daytona 500 pole winner
2020 Bluegreen Vacations Duel winner
2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 winner
William Byron - Awards and Accolades
2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year
2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year
William Byron- Family
William McComas Byron Jr. was born on Nov. 29, 1997 (now 23) in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he still resides. His hobbies are iRacing, fitness, and radio-controlled cars. He is an avid fan of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and Carolina Panthers in the NFL.
While racing full-time and going to school, Byron became an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement rank in the Boy Scouts of America. He received the Good Scout Award from Mecklenberg County. It celebrates the Charlotte community members who exemplify what it means to represent and serve the Boy Scouts at a high level.