At the finish of the Kentucky Speedway’s Buckle Up, William Byron’s truck wasn’t the fastest.
What he did have was the most crucial element needed in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. On the 1.5 mile, with a newly reconfigured and repaved track, Byron was in the first place for every one of the 42 laps.
Doing it wasn’t easy. Byron needed to fend off attacks from John Hunter, the runner-up, as well as Daniel Hemric, who finished third. Both racers dogged each other and the winner over the entirety of the final run under the green flag.
This is the fourth victory for the driver this season, who, at just 18, is the frontrunner for Sunoco’s Rookie of the Year.
Byron also snatched one of the eight spots available in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase.
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