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William Byron Dominates At Langley Speedway For Third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Win

William Byron Dominates At Langley Speedway For Third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Win

by June 21, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

HAMPTON, Va. – William Byron led all but one lap on Saturday night in the Visit Hampton VA 175 at Langley Speedway to claim his third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory of the season.

Rico Abreu sat on the Coors Light Pole, but it was Byron who led the first lap. The only lead change came when Byron’s HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks teammate, Dalton Sargeant led lap 33 before being passed. Both, William Byron and Dalton Sargeant competed at Langley Speedway the weekend prior to Saturday night’s event in duel NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events. It appeared that the extra track time may have paid off for the two drivers.

After Byron passed Sargeant, the NASCAR Next driver was able to hold on and lead the remaining laps of the event. William Byron now has three wins, four top-five and five top-10 finishes this season. His other two wins came at Greenville Pickens Speedway in April and Iowa Speedway in May.

“What a great night and great weekend for everyone on this Liberty University team,” Byron said. “We unloaded strong and got even better throughout the weekend, and it just shows the great chemistry we have with Kevin Bellicourt and myself along with the entire HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team. They work really hard, and I’m just really proud of the effort they put forth to bring home the win tonight.”

Finishing second was Easley, South Carolina’s Kyle Benjamin. Dalton Sargeant finished third, followed by Gray Gaulding and Jay Beasley.

“We started somewhat deeper in the field, qualifying seventh, but we were able to get a great start and quickly work our way up into the top three,” said third place finisher, Dalton Sargeant. “We had a few solid opportunities at the lead, but those long green-flag runs hurt us just a bit. It seemed like we started to spin the tires a little bit off the corners and lost some forward drive compared to the 9 (William Byron) as well as the 27 (Kyle Benjamin). Overall, though, it was another solid night for everyone on the team and I just have to say thank you again.”

Bowman Gray Stadium winner, Scott Heckert finished sixth. Justin Carroll, Nick Drake, Rico Abreu and season opener New Smyrna Speedway winner, Austin Hill rounded out the top-10.

“This has been a big learning curve for me, but I’m so proud of all the guys to see their hard work pay off with us getting our first Pole award together,” said Saturday night’s Coors Light Pole Award winner, Rico Abreu. “A top-10 finish is nice, but I’m looking for some better results and with Columbus coming up, hopefully we can learn from Langley and bring some of our notes there.”

The race only saw three cautions throughout the night, resulting in the race being completed in under an hour with an average speed of 70.815 mph.

William Byron leads Kyle Benjamin by 23 points in the championship point standings. Austin Hill sits third, 27 points back. Scott Heckert is 28 points back in fourth, and Gray Gaulding, 35 points back rounds out the top-five.

Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is the NAPA 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 4.

Visit Hampton VA 175 Results:

1.) #9 William Byron

2.) #27 Kyle Benjamin

3.) #51 Dalton Sargeant

4.) #12 Gray Gaulding

5.) #42 Jay Beasley

6.) #34 Scott Heckert

7.) #91 Justin Carroll

8.) #15 Nick Drake

9.) #98 Rico Abreu

10.) #22 Austin Hill

11.) #04 Ronnie Bassett Jr.

12.) #4 Kenzie Ruston

13.) #44 Dillon Bassett

14.) #6 Devon Amos

15.) #2 Collin Cabre

16.) #8 Tyler Hughes

17.) #3 Kaz Grala

18.) #23 J.P. Morgan

19.) #31 David Garbo Jr.

20.) #5 J.J. Haley

21.) #18 Sam Hunt

22.) #45 Christian Celaya

23.) #19 Chuck Buchanan

24.) #94 Dylan Hoffman

 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #9 William Byron 253

2.) #27 Kyle Benjamin 230

3.) #22 Austin Hill 226

4.) #34 Scott Heckert 225

5.) #12 Gray Gaulding 218

6.) #51 Dalton Sargeant 215

7.) #15 Nick Drake 207

8.) #04 Ronnie Bassett Jr. 200

9.) #3 Kaz Grala 195

10.) #98 Rico Abreu 190

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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