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Byron Proving Successful Beyond Expectations

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Daytona and Indianapolis are two of the biggest stages in NASCAR where it often takes years of practice to learn how to perform well.

William Byron has defied these steps to success, winning at both tracks in his first full-time year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

The JR Motorsports driver’s standout year continued with his victory in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s his third win in the last five races but by far the most impressive of his early career.

Many skilled young competitors have emerged out of the sport’s lower ranks and reached the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in recent years. However, Byron is proving to be the most talented.

His seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins last season marked the most for a full-time driver in the series since Greg Biffle won nine in 1999.

While he didn’t capture the championship, his presence was felt, and he established himself as a future superstar of the sport.

Using momentum to his advantage has proven to be one of Byron’s most valuable strategies. After winning his first Truck Series race, he went onto to win five of nine events.

Now having scored three XFINITY Series wins in the last month, it’s clear that it’s hard to slow down Byron once he’s on a winning streak.

His performance stands out from recent competitors who have gone on to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Erik Jones scored 13 wins combined between the two lower series in 100 starts before moving to the premiere circuit.

Byron is at ten victories in only 42 starts and could surpass Jones by the end of the season.

Chase Elliott captured five wins in 75 starts and similar to Byron, scored consecutive victories in his rookie campaign and won at a historic facility, Darlington.

Byron’s poise behind the wheel and ability to limit mistakes also sets him apart.

It has been well publicized that he didn’t begin racing until he was 15-years-old, many years behind most young talent in the sport.

Being able to learn at such a quick pace and translate that knowledge into success with drastically less experience is a remarkable feat.

Indianapolis seems to be just the start of what is shaping up to be an exceptional career for Byron. It’s not easy to win at such a challenging track but he made it seem simple, and that speaks volumes about his skill and potential. 

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Jason Schultz

Jason Schultz aspires to enter the public relations field of NASCAR. Schultz, 19, attends UNC Charlotte and is a communication studies major with a focus in public relations. In addition to contributing to POPULAR SPEED, Schultz produces podcasts for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Dirty Mo Radio. He also completed a semester as a social media intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Each year, he volunteers as the social media correspondent for Autism Delaware's Drive for Autism golf tournament featuring NASCAR personalities and the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover.