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LU-sponsored NASCAR driver William Byron earns pole position for Daytona 500

February 11, 2019 : Liberty University News Service

Over the weekend, William Byron earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500. Liberty University jointly sponsors Byron with Axalta, Hertz, and UniFirst.

“It’s awesome,” Byron said about his top starting position for Sunday’s big race. “It’s been a great offseason. We’re prepared. We’re ready. Hopefully, it goes well next Sunday. I’m looking forward to it.”

Byron, a native of Charlotte, N.C., is studying business communications through Liberty University’s online degree program.

He is the driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports. Seven-time Cup Series champion crew chief Chad Knaus leads his No. 24 team.

In 2018, at just 20 years old, William became the third youngest driver to win NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.

In 2015, Byron won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship and rookie of the year award. He also won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, while setting the rookie record with seven wins. In 2017, he won both the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.

Now, he’s setting his sights on Sunday and a big challenge ahead.

“This is a long race,” Byron said. “I felt like from last year, it was one of the longest that I ran. The mental energy … of the whole race is very long, so you really don't know who's going to be around once you get to 15 or 10 (laps) to go. And then once you get to that point ... anything goes.”

Liberty University wants to thank Byron’s parents, Bill and Dana, for the extraordinary opportunity to sponsor their son.

 “Becki and I could not be prouder of William’s successes, and we are excited to watch the No. 24 in action in the Daytona 500 next weekend,” said Liberty President Jerry Falwell.

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