FEBRUARY 10, 2016 (DAYTONA BEACH, FL) – William Byron, last season’s 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, will make his superspeedway debut at Daytona International Speedway in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) season opening Lucas Oil 200 Powered by General Tire.
“I am thrilled to race in my first Superspeedway race. I know how important it is for us to run all of the laps in our Toyota and be there on the final lap to make a run at the win. I’m looking forward to racing with Venturini Motorsports and Liberty University on a big stage like Daytona in the ARCA Series,” said Byron. “The track was as I expected it to be at testing last month. It’s fast and that makes it a lot of fun. Working in the draft and gaining that experience was huge.”
Byron, a highly touted rookie out of Charlotte, North Carolina, made more headlines during the offseason after signing with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for a full season effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).
Daytona will mark Byron’s third ARCA career start – all with Venturini Motorsports – and is required for the 18-year old rookie to obtain NASCAR’s final approval before he competes in the NCWTS event at Daytona on February 19th.
During his ARCA debut in 2015 at Lucas Oil Raceway, Byron led a race high 120-laps before finishing second. In his second career series start at Kentucky Speedway later in the year, Byron captured Pole position and finished 34th after a lap-1 altercation.
The 53rd annual Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona is live on FOX SPORTS 1 at 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 13th and precedes NASCAR’s same-night Sprint Unlimited. The ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, and Brandon Jones. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.