William Byron inks three-year contract extension

William Byron will stay at Hendrick Motorsports for an additional three years, the group introduced. The 24-year-old will pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet via the 2025 NASCAR Cup Sequence season.

Byron and Hendrick Motorsports got here to an settlement and finalized the contract extension Monday. The information was made official Thursday. Byron and the group’s present deal was set to run out on the finish of the 2022 schedule.

“I am so grateful to proceed racing for Mr. Hendrick, Jeff (Gordon, vice chairman) and Hendrick Motorsports,” Byron stated. “Since I joined the group, they’ve supported my development course of each step of the way in which, together with my path to the Cup Sequence. With the good folks round me, I am excited to proceed pursuing race wins and playoff success. Collectively we have constructed a No. 24 group that I do know will contend for championships.”

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By 11 races this yr, Byron is one in every of solely two multi-time winners within the NASCAR Cup Sequence. He and Ross Chastain (driver of the No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet) have two victories apiece. Byron was the primary to interrupt via twice, although, profitable at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20 after which once more at Martinsville Speedway three weeks in a while April 9.

Total, Byron has the 2 wins, 4 high fives and 4 high 10s. He is averaging a 15.2 end. And he’s ranked third within the present standings, 65 factors off chief and teammate Chase Elliott.

All 4 Hendrick Motorsports drivers have certified for the 2022 NASCAR Playoffs by advantage of a win. Along with Byron and Elliott (No. 9), Alex Bowman (No. 48) and Kyle Larson (No. 5) full the in-house roster. Byron is the youngest by 2 years (Elliott is 26; Bowman and Larson are each 29).

HAMPTON, GEORGIA - MARCH 20: William Byron, driver of the #24 Liberty University Chevrolet, is congratulated by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) |  Getty Images
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“William is an incredible driver and a very distinctive younger man,” group proprietor Rick Hendrick stated. “As impressed as I’m by his innate capacity inside a race automobile, I like his character and maturity much more. William is on a tremendous trajectory, and I imagine he is solely begun to scratch the floor of his potential. We’re lucky to have him in our steady.”

RELATED: All of William Byron’s NASCAR nationwide collection wins

Within the midst of his fifth full-time season at NASCAR’s high stage, Byron has solely ever raced for Hendrick Motorsports within the Cup Sequence. He notched his first top-10 end (4 complete) in his 2018 rookie season, scored his first high 5 (5 complete) throughout his sophomore 2019 marketing campaign and captured his first checked flag in 2020 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway on Aug. 29. Since that extra victory, Byron has added an three wins. Final yr, he gained at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Feb. 28.

Byron’s finest season end thus far – tenth – got here in 2021. He was eradicated from title competition within the Spherical of 12.

Up subsequent for Byron is Darlington Raceway (Sunday, 3:30 pm ET, FS1). His throwback paint scheme for the annual occasion will be seen right here.

“I am actually trying ahead to the remainder of the season,” Byron stated, “and my years to come back with Hendrick Motorsports.”

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