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William Byron Signs With HMS, Will Drive For JR Motorsports In 2017


Sensational Truck Series rookie William Byron is moving up next year, and it’s not with Joe Gibbs Racing. The 18-year old signed a contract with Hendrick Motorsports and will race for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series in 2017. The deal was first announced on social media Thursday morning.

Byron, 18, leads the truck points standings in the middle of his first season with Kyle Busch Motorsports, which serves as a developmental program for Joe Gibbs Racing. His 5 wins is now a record for a rookie in that series. William was also the 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion after posting four wins, five top fives and 11 top 10s.

“Even before I started racing, it was a dream of mine to drive for Hendrick Motorsports,” William Byron said in a team release. “I have so much respect for the way Mr. Hendrick supports his people and encourages everyone to work together. This is the biggest announcement and biggest opportunity of my life, and I will do everything I can to make the most of it. I’m proud to be part of this team.”

Byron will be reunited with JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series next year. His first experience in full-sized stock cars was in JRM’s late-model program in 2014-2015.

“I owe so much to Dale Jr. and everyone at JRM for taking a chance on me in 2014,” Byron said. “Looking back, I know none of this would’ve happened without that opportunity. I was there during Chase Elliott’s championship season and got to learn a lot. I know what they’re capable of, and I’m going to work really hard for them.”