William Byron joins Spire for Martinsville Trucks
Spire Motorsports‘ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program will continue to put its Hendrick Motorsports partnership to use for Thursday Martinsville Motor Speedway race. Two days before the event, the team announced Cup Series driver William Byron will be in the #7 Chevrolet Silverado RST for only his second truck start since dominating the series as a rookie in 2016.
As a member of Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2016, Byron set the Truck Series on fire by leading all drivers with seven wins. Despite being a championship favourite, he missed the final round with engine failure in the penultimate race, although he won the season finale to settle for a fifth. square. Unsurprisingly, he was awarded Rookie of the Year for his campaign.
Five years later, Byron returns to Trucks to WAR Rackley at Nashville Superspeedway to prepare for the inaugural Cup race there the following day. However, another engine failure relegated him to thirty-sixth.
#7 will be sponsored by HendrickCars.com and sport a livery inspired by the late Ricky HendrickGMAC racing cars. The paint scheme is currently used by Byron’s Cup teammate Kyle Larsonwhile fellow driver Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman also sported the design of his unique truck start with Spire at COTA. Bowman was in late contention after a furious charge in extra time before last-lap contact with the leaders Kyle Busch and Stewart Friesen sent them off; he was ranked twenty-sixth.
Byron is a three-time Cup winner, most recently in Atlanta in March, and he dominated the race at Richmond on Sunday before settling on older tires and settling for third place. Seven races into the 2022 season, he is fourth in points.
In eight career Cup starts at Martinsville, Byron has four top ten finishes and a best finish of second at the 2019 fall event. When the Truck Series visited the Virginia short track twice in 2016, he scored the top ten in both, including a third in the first.
“I’m really excited to get on the Spire truck this week in Martinsville,” said Byron. “Even though it’s been a few years since I’ve been in a truck in Martinsville, I’ve had some good runs before with a few top 10s including a third place finish. I’m glad to see how things have changed since then. Also, more track time at Martinsville is always good because it’s such a fast paced track. Bono (team leader Kevin Manion) and truck #7 performed well when they were at COTA and it has also done a great job at Martinsville in the past. It should be a fun time.
Spire, a Cup team that fields two cars, has expanded into trucks for 2022 to stage selected events. Xfinity Series Rookie Austin Hill rode the #7 in the team’s first race at Daytona and finished fifteenth.
“We are thrilled to have William Byron driving our #7 truck on Thursday night at Martinsville Speedway,” commented team co-owner Jeff Dickerson. “200 laps in the spotlight on a short track like Martinsville is what the riders are all about. Door-to-door side-by-side racing is the kind of competition our sport was built on. The on-track product will be second to none and the emotions are guaranteed to be on full display. Obviously, we’re not racing for points, so it’s great fun to put William in the seat, go all out and see if we can get our first Camping World Truck Series win.