William Byron Reveals He Is in Talks With Hendrick Motorsports Teammate Kyle Larson to Do More Off-Track NASCAR Stuff Ahead of Bristol Dirt Race

Published 03/28/2022, 9:05 AM EDT
DOVER, DELAWARE – MAY 16: William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 NationsGuard Chevrolet, talk on the grid during the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 16, 2021 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

William Byron had a great run last Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won the race in the late stages, picking up his 3rd win in the NASCAR Cup Series. However, Byron spent some time going back to his roots, racing in the super late model series, and winning a few races before heading to Atlanta.

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Byron seems to have shown his true pace in the Late Model. On top of that, he reflected that in the Cup Series by snatching the Atlanta win. But what inspired him to compete outside of NASCAR?

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William Byron Credits Fellow Hendricks Driver to Inspire him

MRN’s NASCAR Live podcast featured the Atlanta winner recently, where he talked about what inspired him to do more non-NASCAR stuff.

“Yeah, I’m having a great time. It’s definitely something that I wanted to do for a little while now and seeing Larson go do it last year, knowing our guys have been really supportive of us doing other races. So, for me, it’s logistically a lot of moving parts. But, for me as a driver, it’s great to go do that.” 

The 2021 Cup-Series winner, Kyle Larson, seems to have really inspired his fellow Hendricks Driver to compete in other races. In fact, he credited the Cup Series for his Atlanta Motor Speedway win.

Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

“Being able to go race and have fun, not have the pressure of the Cup Series. And, it kind of trickles over into the Cup Series, on Sunday, just having the same mentality, so, nice to see it pay off.”

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Kyle Larson is Helping William Byron With Dirt Racing

Briston Dirt Race is one of the most exciting events on the NASCAR calendar. With the dirt on the track, we get to see a very different style of racing. Though, it is definitely a challenge. Byron talked about him and Kyle preparing for it, “I’ve been looking at doing some other things. I’ve been talking to Kyle a lot about dirt races and maybe doing some dirt late model races soon.”

To sum it up, it’s really nice that William Byron can go out and have fun racing to release some of the stress from the grueling Cup Series. Moreover, the help and support from fellow teammate Kyle Larson reflects a great team harmony, and we’re looking forward to what more is to come from the drivers.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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