By­ron wins at Day­tona for sec­ond straight Xfin­ity win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Wil­liam By­ron got his sec­ond win of the sea­son, and this time he got to do it in front of his bosses.

By­ron won his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Xfin­ity Se­ries race on Satur­day by lead­ing a 1-2 fin­ish at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way for JR Mo­tor­sports. By­ron raced to his first ca­reer Xfin­ity vic­tory last week­end at Iowa, but team own­ers Dale Earn­hardt Jr. and Rick Hen­drick weren’t at the track to see him.

This time, Hen­drick was the first per­son to the win­dow of his car in vic­tory lane. The 19-year-old be­came the youngest se­ries winner at Day­tona.

He used a push from team­mate El­liott Sadler to clear the traf­fic on the restart. By­ron was aided when Erik Jones was knocked out of line, and it gave By­ron a clear lead.

An ac­ci­dent be­hind the lead pack caused the race to end un­der yel­low. “I have to go around one more time, right?” By­ron ra­dioed his crew about the pro­ce­dures. He did a cel­e­bra­tory burnout and was in­ter­viewed live by NBC Sports on the fron­tretch for the crowd to hear in a new wrin­kle from the net­work.

“This is so cool to win in Day­tona,” By­ron said. “We’ve had a great last three weeks. We’re bring­ing faster cars, ex­e­cut­ing bet­ter and as a team we’re get­ting more and more con­fi­dent.”

By­ron was pre­pared to stick around Satur­day night ant watch the Cup race, which is be­ing billed as the last at Day­tona for re­tir­ing driver Earn­hardt Jr. The owner of the win­ning Xfin­ity Se­ries car was sched­uled to start from the pole in Satur­day night’s main event.

“Dale is so good here and I’ve watched a lot of his stuff, seen how he side drafts,” By­ron said. “I never thought I’d win one of these things and I’ve kind of learned some things watch­ing him.”

Sadler was sec­ond, fol­lowed by Dakoda Arm­strong, Jeb Bur­ton and David Starr. Rain post­poned the race from Fri­day night un­til Satur­day, and then a sec­ond weather de­lay of nearly two hours made for a lengthy 250 miles.

Seven driv­ers were sched­uled to run both the Xfin­ity Se­ries race and the 400mile Cup race. — AP

DAY­TONA BEACH: Wil­liam By­ron, driver of the #9 AXALTA/Vorteq Chevro­let, poses with the tro­phy in Vic­tory Lane af­ter win­ning the NASCAR XFIN­ITY Se­ries Coca-Cola Fire­cracker 250 at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way on Satur­day in Day­tona Beach, Florida. — AFP

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