William Byron expects heightened intensity in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase

William Byron practices at New Hampshire Friday. (Getty Images)


William Byron practices at New Hampshire Friday. (Getty Images)
William Byron practices at New Hampshire Friday. (Getty Images)

LOUDON, N.H. – William Byron’s aggressive approach to racing earned the 18-year-old five victories as a rookie and top seeding in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase.

So why change anything now that the Chase is ready to start? Racing for wins has worked so far, and that’s what the driver of the No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota expects to do in Saturday’s Chase opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1).

“This is a place I like coming to, and I think it’s going to be a solid weekend,” Byron said. “Ultimately, you just want to have good, solid fishes this first round, hopefully, but if you can go for a win, definitely go for it.

“We’re planning on going for a win and seeing what speed we have in our Liberty University Tundra this weekend.”

Even though Byron’s on-track approach won’t change appreciably, he expects the intensity level of the Chase to increase exponentially.

“Definitely so,” Byron said. “I think the competition and intensity is going to ramp up here in the last seven races. We’ve seen that in the Cup Series, and so now we’re going to be able to experience that here in the Truck Series.

“So I’m looking forward to it. I think our team is ready for it. We have the right trucks lined up, and we’re going to race tracks that we really enjoy coming to, so I’m looking forward to it.”

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