Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron is in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the first time in his career. It appears many more postseason appearances are in store for the rising young star — and through 2021, at least, Liberty University will be along for the ride.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Liberty University is extending its sponsorship of Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for two years. Liberty’s livery will be the primary sponsor for 12 races in both 2020 and 2021.
The 2018 Sunoco Rookie of the Year is 21 years old and a junior at the college, working toward an undergraduate business communications degree via Liberty’s online program.
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“Liberty University has been a big part of my racing career and progression through NASCAR from basically the beginning,” Byron said in a team release. “Their support on and off the track, including with my studies, has been monumental. They’ve been with me through numerous accomplishments, including race wins and championships, and I’m glad we were able to add to that list this season by making it into my first Cup Series playoffs. I’m excited about Liberty being back on board with the No. 24 team, and I look forward to what the future holds for us.”
In his first season with seven-time champion Chad Knaus atop the pit box, Byron has logged three top-five finishes and 10 top 10s through 27 races. He currently sits ninth in the standings, with two races remaining in the Round of 16 — the playoff field will be trimmed from 16 drivers to 12 following the race at the Charlotte Road Course on Sept. 29.
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Byron won seven races in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2016, then followed that with a four-win Xfinity Series campaign in 2017, culminating in winning the series championship in Miami. Liberty sponsored Byron for 17 races that year, including the championship-deciding season finale. The school has sponsored Byron since 2014, when he drove late model stock cars.
“We have been by William Byron’s side as he’s risen through the ranks at a young age, and it is an honor to continue to support one of our very own in his career,” said Jerry Falwell, president of Liberty University. “William and Hendrick Motorsports have always been a perfect fit for Liberty University. We share the same values and are committed to the same mission that makes champions on the racetrack and champions in life.”