“It feels really good to be awarded the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award and join such a great group of winners,” Byron said. “There was such great rookie talent in the K&N East this year and it feels good to come out on top. To win both the Rookie of the Year award and the championship is such a rewarding experience for me and my team.”
Byron joined Joey Logano (2007), Ryan Truex (2009), Kyle Larson (2012) and Ben Rhodes (2014) to earn both the rookie of the year and series championship in the same season.
During the fourteen race season, Byron earned four wins, three poles, five top-fives and eleven top-tens. Impressively, the seventeen-year-old also managed to lead a series-high 740 laps.
“This season started off fast paced with the rookies,” said Byron. “My team and I knew early on Sargeant would be tough competition after his second-place finish at New Smyrna. We counted on Abreu and Dillon Bassett challenging us as well. We figured that if we won the championship, the Rookie of the Year honors would be ours, too, so we set out to do just that.”
Byron will be formally recognized at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Saturday, December 12th in the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The K&N Pro Series West has two race remaining on it’s schedule: 10/17/2015 at All American Speedway and 11/12/2015 at Phoenix International Raceway.
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