Byron wins again

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

DAY­TONA BEACH, Fla. — Wil­liam Byron got his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son, and this time he got to do it in front of his bosses.

Byron won his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries race 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 front stretch 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 and watch the Cup race, which was be­ing billed as the last at Day­tona for re­tir­ing driver Earn­hardt Jr. The owner of the win­ning Xfin­ity Se­ries car started 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 weath- er de­lay of nearly two hours made for a lengthy 250 miles.

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

AP/JOHN RAOUX

Ty Dil­lon (3) and Bren­nan Poole (48) crash on the frontstretch dur­ing Satur­day’s NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries race at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

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