CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Charlotte native continues to live out his childhood dream on the race track. William Byron scored his career best NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series finish (6th) at Pocono Raceway.
FOX 46 Charlotte first caught up with William Byron a little over two years ago when he got his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. Since then he has come a long way from the high school graduate trying to make a name for himself.
"A lot has changed, but it's been a lot of fun so far," said Byron, speaking with FOX 46 Charlotte at the NASCAR Plaza on Tuesday.
Perhaps the biggest change for the Charlotte native was trading in his #9 Toyota Tundra for the #24 Chevy Camaro.
"When I was running in the truck series it was obviously me trying to prove myself and win some races to go up to the next level," said Byron.
Win "some" races is an understatement. Byron took home the checkered flag seven times in the Truck Series. His success caught the eye of Rick Hendrick, who signed Byron during the summer of 2016. The contract moved Byron to the iconic #24 car vacated by four-time champion Jeff Gordon.
Although he is now racing at the top level, the 20-year-old hasn't forgotten his roots.
The Charlotte Country Day School graduate is now earning a degree in business communications through Liberty University. He still calls the Queen City home even though he travels 36 weekends of the year. Three of those race weekends happen right here in Charlotte.
"It's always been special to me going to Charlotte Motor Speedway and racing there. Hopefully one day we can win a race there," said Byron.
Byron is still searching for that first cup series win and he may get there sooner rather than later, after scoring a career high 6th place finish at Pocono Raceway.
"The more progression of our race team and everything I think we have gotten faster and that allows us to run up front," said Byron.
Byron hopes to make the playoffs this year, but tells FOX 46 Charlotte he is more focused than ever on getting his first Cup Series win.