William Byron Scores First Career K&N Pole at Iowa

William Byron Scores First Career K&N Pole at Iowa

by May 16, 2015 0 comments

NEWTON, Iowa — Taking his qualifying lap late among the 39 to take a lap in qualifying for the Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway, William Byron turned in a quick lap of 132.592 miles per hour to claim his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series pole.

Byron, the current points leader in the K&N Pro Series East, will lead the field to green for tonight’s combination race that will also include drivers from the K&N Pro Series West division.

Besting a previous qualifying best of second that was achieved at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Byron, the driver of the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet, described his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award as a great accomplishment.

“It’s pretty big,” Byron said. “We’ve qualified second earlier at Greenville, but to get a pole is pretty exhilarating. I’m pretty excited about the race. I think short run speed is good to have [and] I think we have a good long run car and I’m just looking forward to 150 laps.”

Rounding out the top-10 in qualifying were Brandon McReynolds, Scott Heckert, James Bickford, Kyle Benjamin, Dillon Bassett, Nick Drake, Dalton Sargeant, Austin Hill and Kaz Grala.

The 150-lap Casey’s General Stores 150 is set to start at 8:00 p.m CT/9:00 p.m ET tonight.

NBC Sports Network will broadcast a replay of the race on Thursday, May 21st.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Casey’s General Stores 150

  1. 9 – William Byron – Chevrolet – HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks – 132.592 mph
  2. 16 – Brandon McReynolds – Toyota – Bill McAnally Racing – 132.297 mph
  3. 34 – Scott Heckert – Chevrolet – HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks – 132.234 mph
  4. 6 – James Bickford – Ford – Bob Bruncati Racing – 131.897 mph
  5. 27 – Kyle Benjamin – Ford – Kyle Benjamin Motorsports – 131.777 mph
  6. 44 – Dillon Bassett – Ford – Ronnie Bassett Sr. – 131.617 mph
  7. 15 – Nick Drake – Toyota – Bill McAnally Racing – 131.338 mph
  8. 51 – Dalton Sargeant – Chevrolet – HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks – 131.135 mph
  9. 22 – Austin Hill – Ford – Bryan Hill – 131.075 mph
  10. 3 – Kaz Grala – Toyota – Ben Kennedy Racing – 130.830 mph

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