‘So grateful’: Liberty University student wins NASCAR title in ‘wild’ race

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A Liberty University student celebrates a major victory after winning his first NASCAR Cup Series race of the season last Sunday.

William Byron, an online junior studying strategic communication, won the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He beat 20 racers over 111 laps in his Chevy Camaro ZL1 which featured the word “Liberty” on both sides.

“What a day,” Byron wrote on Instagram. “We never stopped working. Crazy races today in Atlanta. So grateful, winning the Cup is special.”

The reconfigured track, with new pavement and a steeper gradient, produced an exciting race with 46 lead changes among the drivers. Despite multiple wrecks, Byron managed to keep the riders behind him for the final 10 laps. He beat second by 0.109 seconds.

“Pretty wild,” Byron said after the race. “I’m out of breath. It was crazy.”

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Byron’s victory was the third of his career and the first of the season. He secures his spot in the NASCAR Cup playoffs.

“I think those fans saw one hell of a ride,” added Byron. “It was definitely a long time from my seat. It was mentally taxing (but) I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of draft and a lot of crazy moments, but I’m glad we were able to get a win. is super exciting.”

The 24-year-old attributed his victory to the Liberty University sponsored vehicle.

“Chevrolet Liberty University was awesome here,” he told Fox Sports.

Last fall, the school entered into a five-year deal with Hendricks Sports to sponsor Byron for 12 races through 2026.

“I’m proud to represent an institution like Liberty University,” Byron said. “They inspire a lot of people my age to pursue their passions, and I look forward to continuing to represent them on and off the track.”

Byron’s Christian faith is central to his life and racing career.

A few years ago, Byron told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, “When I started running, it was really the first chance that I really reached out to God and really needed him in my life. I was always involved in it as a kid, but it just didn’t work out.” It doesn’t matter as much to me as it does now.”

Ephesians 3:20 inspired Byron in his young career. In fact, he even kept a metal plate with this Bible verse in his race car. He states, “God’s plan is exceedingly vastly above anything we could imagine for ourselves.”

“It’s the verse I always keep in mind when running,” Byron told Inspiration.org. “It talks about the power of God and what he can do. It’s more than we can imagine on our own and even think and believe on our own.”

Liberty University will sponsor Byron’s next race at Richmond Raceway on April 3.

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