William Byron moving to Xfinity Series with Hendrick and JR Motorsports in 2017

William Byron has five Truck series wins this season. (Getty Images)
William Byron has five Truck series wins this season. (Getty Images)
William Byron has five Truck series wins this season. (Getty Images)

Young NASCAR phenom William Byron will be moving to the NASCAR Xfinity series in 2017 with Hendrick Motorsports affiliate JR Motorsports. The Hendrick Motorsports organization announced Thursday that they have signed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader to a multi-year driver agreement.

Byron currently races for Kyle Busch Motorsports took the NASCAR world by storm this season after making one start in the Camping World Truck series in 2015. This season racing fulltime for KBM the season the 18-year old has scored a rookie record five victories in 13 starts and is a favorite to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title.  He won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2015. Byron scored four wins, three poles, five top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 14 events, and led 740 of the season’s 1,730 total laps (43 percent) in route to the K&N title.  This season the Charlotte, North Carolina, native equaled the rookie record of four wins set by Kurt Busch in 2000 with his win at Kentucky in July. Byron then broke the record with his fifth season win at Pocono two weeks later.

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