Byron earns Rookie of the Year honors

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Byron earns Rookie of the Year honors

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Byron earns Rookie of the Year honors

William Byron clinched Rookie of the Year honors in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with a top-10 run Sunday at ISM Raceway.

Byron finished ninth in the Can-Am 500 while fellow rookie competitor Darrell Wallace Jr. finished one spot behind in 10th. It was Byron’s fourth top-10 finish of the season.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver led the rookie competition for much of the season, and after Sunday afternoon’s race, the points total favored Byron 574 to 455.

“We haven’t had very good runs to be honest, the whole year, but this run we kind of went a completely different direction with what we were doing, and it seemed to pay off,” Byron said after the race. “Just kind of had a solid weekend other than qualifying.

“Got some damage there, but we were able to come back and finish ninth, so I guess that’s decent, and going to Homestead next week.”

Dating back to his 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, Byron has now won four straight Rookie of the Year titles as he’s moved up the ranks from the Truck Series to Xfinity and now Cup.

Through 35 Cup Series races, Byron has led 61 laps with an average finish of 22nd. He is 23rd in the overall point standings with one race to go.

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