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Teen Byron Wins Kansas Truck Series Race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 7 2016
William Byron trucked to victory in Kansas on Friday night.

William Byron trucked to victory in Kansas on Friday night.

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Rookie William Byron won Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway for the first time.

Driving the No. 9 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, the 18-year-old Byron beat two-time series champion Matt Crafton to the finish line.

To get the victory, Byron needed the help of Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes. They were leading late in the race but made contact and spun.

Byron inherited the lead and got the win.

“I just got ran over by a bozo … I guess he’s just brain dead,Sauter said after the incident. “It’s just unfortunate that sometimes you can’t race the way you want to.”

Byron became the ninth NASCAR Next driver to win a national series race.

“It was crazy the last couple of restarts, and I had the lead there on the green-flag run (before the caution that forced overtime), and I was really just praying for no cautions, but you have to earn it,” Byron said.

“And my crew chief, Rudy Fugle, really told me about that on all the restarts. He’s like, ‘This is how you earn it,’ so I just can’t thank (sponsor) Liberty University enough. This is a dream come true. I was six years old watching Truck races. Didn’t start racing until I was 14, and just to be in a Toyota Tundra like this is amazing.”

The victory puts Byron in the Chase.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Toyota Tundra 250

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Friday, May 06, 2016

  1. (2) William Byron #, Toyota, 170.
  2. (13) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 170.
  3. (9) Daniel Hemric, Ford, 170.
  4. (5) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 170.
  5. (16) Clint Bowyer(i), Chevrolet, 170.
  6. (21) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 170.
  7. (4) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, 170.
  8. (8) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 170.
  9. (11) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 170.
  10. (32) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 170.
  11. (20) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 170.
  12. (22) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 170.
  13. (3) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 170.
  14. (7) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 170.
  15. (25) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 170.
  16. (12) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 170.
  17. (17) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 170.
  18. (10) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, 169.
  19. (15) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, 169.
  20. (24) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 169.
  21. (27) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 168.
  22. (31) Rico Abreu, Toyota, 167.
  23. (26) Bobby Pierce, Chevrolet, 167.
  24. (28) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 164.
  25. (29) Austin Wayne Self, Toyota, 161.
  26. (1) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 149.
  27. (14) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 145.
  28. (6) John H Nemechek, Chevrolet, 141.
  29. (23) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Accident, 82.
  30. (30) Ryan Ellis(i), Chevrolet, Suspension, 52.
  31. (18) Parker Kligerman, Ford, Accident, 48.
  32. (19) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, Suspension, 26.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  108.511 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 21 Mins, 00 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.

Caution Flags:  11 for 47 laps.

Lead Changes:  19 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Townley 0; T. Reddick 1-6; J. Townley 7; T. Reddick 8-44; C. Hayley 45-46; T. Reddick 47-56; B. Rhodes # 57; T. Reddick 58-60; B. Rhodes # 61-63; J. Sauter 64-68; B. Rhodes # 69; J. Sauter 70-72; C. Bell # 73-76; M. Crafton 77-128; T. Peters 129; M. Crafton 130-134; W. Byron # 135-167; C. Bell # 168; J. Sauter 169; W. Byron # 170;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Crafton 2 times for 57 laps; T. Reddick 4 times for 56 laps; W. Byron # 2 times for 34 laps; J. Sauter 3 times for 9 laps; C. Bell # 2 times for 5 laps; B. Rhodes # 3 times for 5 laps; C. Hayley 1 time for 2 laps; T. Peters 1 time for 1 lap; J. Townley 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: T. Peters – 103; D. Hemric – 95; R. Truex – 93; T. Young – 89; J. Nemechek – 88; M. Crafton – 88; W. Byron # – 87; S. Gallagher – 85; B. Brown – 83; P. Kligerman – 82.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 7 2016
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