William Byron Extends Points Lead With Win At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

William Byron Extends Points Lead With Win At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

by July 18, 2015 0 comments

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LOUDON, N.H. – William Byron started from the pole and led 68 of the 70 laps on Friday to win the United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

With the win, the 17-year old Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender extends his championship points lead over Austin Hill who is now 29 back from the lead. The win marks Byron’s fourth of the 2015 season. He has won exactly half of the races so far during the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

“This win was awesome; we worked really hard throughout the weekend to get the car where we needed it for the race,” Byron said. “I’ve never been to this racetrack before, so I had to play a guessing game of what I thought we would need for the race. We had a good game plan heading into the weekend for the Liberty University Chevrolet. Everyone at HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks did a great job this weekend, and I’m glad we brought home the win to reward all their hard work.”

Byron’s HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks teammate, Scott Heckert finished second. He was the only other driver to lead laps on Friday. Heckert was able to lead two laps.

“We knew we had a really solid car in practice,” Heckert said. “We thought maybe on the long run we’d be able to draw in on the No. 9 (William Byron), because we knew he had a good car too and thought it would be a fight between us.”

There were only two cautions throughout the afternoon, but the last one came in the closing laps, giving Heckert a shot at the win. During the 10-lap dash, Heckert took over the race lead for a lap, before Byron made his way back around to eventually claim the victory.

“It’s good to be back home,” Heckert said. “I had a lot of family and friends here, so it was definitely nice to put on a good show for them, finishing second. We just didn’t quite have enough for the No. 9 today, but I’m really happy with how this car was and have to give huge thanks to everyone on the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team.”

Kaz Grala finished third, while Nick Drake and Austin Hill finished fourth and fifth respectively. Rounding out the top-10 was Spencer Davis, Gray Gaulding, J.J. Haley, Eddie McDonald and Columbus Motor Speedway winner, Rico Abreu.

“This was a new track for me this weekend, and I had a lot of fun during the race,” Abreu said. “I wish we would have qualified better, which is something we have been working on this year. Still, I’m really happy with another top-10 finish, and I’m proud of the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks guys. They have had tremendously fast racecars. It’s just about putting the whole day together, as we move forward throughout the rest of the season.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will compete with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West drivers on Friday, July 31 at Iowa Speedway.


United Site Services 70 Results:

1.) #9 William Byron

2.) #34 Scott Heckert

3.) #3 Kaz Grala

4.) #15 Nick Drake

5.) #22 Austin Hill

6.) #20 Spencer Davis

7.) #12 Gray Gaulding

8.) #5 J.J. Haley

9.) #71 Eddie McDonald

10.) #98 Rico Abreu

11.) #97 Jesse Little

12.) #51 Dalton Sargeant

13.) #44 Dillon Bassett

14.) #27 Kyle Benjamin

15.) #30 Grant Quinlan

16.) #4 Kenzie Ruston

17.) #14 Trey Hutchens

18.) #6 Devon Amos

19.) #7 Codie Rohrbaugh

20.) #31 David Garbo Jr.

21.) #6 Anthony Kumpen

22.) #63 John Salemi

23.) #9 Christian Celaya

24.) #2 Collin Cabre

25.) #4 Ronnie Bassett Jr.

26.) #42 Jay Beasley

27.) #94 Dylan Hoffman

28.) #40 Travis Miller


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

1.) #9 William Byron, 331

2.) #22 Austin Hill, 302

3.) #34 Scott Heckert, 298

4.) #27 Kyle Benjamin, 288

5.) #51 Dalton Sargeant, 285

6.) #12 Gray Gaulding, 282

7.) #15 Nick Drake, 280

8.) #3 Kaz Grala, 277

9.) #98 Rico Abreu, 272

10.) #5 J.J. Haley, 260

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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