With his ninth-place finish at ISM Raceway, William Byron locked up Sunoco Rookie of the Year and made it back-to-back-to-back-to-back rookie titles to his name.
Byron won rookie honors in the K&N Pro Series East in 2015, the Camping World Truck Series in 2016 and the Xfinity Series in 2017 – a season that also saw him take home the series’ championship.
“Really just had a good car this weekend, so that was a lot of fun and good for us to have a weekend like that,” Byron said. “Something to build toward for Homestead and next year’s going to be a different deal for us. Proud to have that and thankful for Hertz and all their support, Hendrick Motorsports and all the people back at the shop. … Overall, the car was the best we have been in a long time, and it was fun to have that.”
The 20-year-old is just the second driver – along with Erik Jones – to win Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series rookie honors in consecutive seasons. He’s the fourth Hendrick Motorsports driver to win Cup Series rookie of the year, joining Jeff Gordon (1993), Kyle Busch (2005) and Chase Elliott (2016).
The driver of the No. 24 has four top-10 finishes on the year, with a career-best sixth place coming at Pocono Raceway in July.
“I’m really looking forward to next year and next weekend,” Byron said, “and just proud to be a part of the Cup Series.”