Think about this for a moment and let it sink in: a kid who will graduate from high school in three weeks just won the Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas. William Byron is winning at the national level just four years after he started racing.
William Who? Isn’t he the English Prime Minister? That’s o.k. William Byron hasn’t heard of you either.
Though this is only his fifth start in the CWTS, it shouldn’t be any surprise who his boss is: some guy named Kyle Busch. Looks like among his many talents is an eye for talent. To be fair, before Busch got a hold of Byron, he raced for JR Motorsports in their late model program. Last season, he won the K&N Pro Series East championship while racing for HScott Motorsports, and he also cut his teeth in the ARCA series driving for Venturini Motorsports. This kid get around!
Another interesting story on William Byron: he got interested in racing about age six. OK, that’s not the real interesting part. What’s interesting is the Charlotte native honed his skills racing ONLINE! Apparently he won over 100 races on an iRacing simulator. From there, Byron got into racing in the Legend Car Young Lion Racing Division, winning 33 times! Can you say “Quick study?”
If yours truly is being honest, I almost missed out on the chance to watch William Byron win. It was a quiet Friday night at the house as my oldest daughter (who is about three months younger than the subject of today’s piece) was getting her nails done for her senior prom. As I watched and I saw this eclectic mix of young guns like Ben Rhodes, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek and Rico Abreu mixing it up with grizzled vets like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter, I can’t help but thinking that the Camping World Truck Series IS what the NASCAR Xfinity Series WANTS to be.
That was fun! Poor Byron realized he didn’t really know how to do a burnout. If this race is any indication, William Byron will be getting plenty more chances to get the routine down.