Some drivers spend years in the XFINITY Series trying to prove themselves worthy of a Cup Series ride — and then there’s William Byron.
Slated to take over Team Hendrick’s No. 24 Chevy next year, Byron already knew Axalta and Liberty University would be sponsoring his race car in 2018, but he had yet to be informed who would serve as his crew chief.
Now we have the answer.
After becoming Kasey Kahne’s crew chief back in September, it’s been decided that Darian Grubb will carry over those responsibilities to Byron’s team.
Grubb started his career with Hendrick Motorsports in 2003, working as the lead race engineer for Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team. Grubb even acted at interim crew chief for four races during Johnson’s championship-winning season in 2006. Afterwards, Grubb eventually moved on to Stewart-Haas Racing and then to Joe Gibbs Racing, where he picked up nine wins as crew chief for Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, according to NASCAR.com.
With Byron as his driver, Grubbs will once again have the chance to mentor an up-and-coming driver for one of NASCAR’s top teams. In his lone season in the Truck Series, Byron won seven races back in 2016. This year in the XFINITY Series, Byron has earned three victories.
“The opportunity to work with William and the No. 24 team is big,” Grubb said. “William is a phenomenal young driver and already a great communicator in the race car. I’m looking forward to building a strong relationship with him and working with Alan, Chad, Greg and all of our talented people. Everyone on the team will be committed to continuing the winning tradition of the No. 24.”