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William Byron reunites with JR Motorsports for July race

William Byron is reuniting with JR Motorsports for a one-off race to kick off the month of July.

Byron, who has three Cup Series wins this season, will join the organization's Late Model program on July 3. He will compete in the zMAX CARS Tour race at Caraway Speedway. He will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet with serving as his primary sponsor for the event.

Byron has previously raced for the JR Motorsports Late Model program, albeit many years ago. He drove the No. 9 entry at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2014. Byron won one race and ultimately finished second behind teammate Josh Berry in the track championship.

Byron's rise to the NASCAR Cup Series also included a full season with the JR Motorsports Xfinity Series program. The North Carolina native joined JR Motorsports at the start of the 2017 season, and he took over the No. 9 Chevrolet.

Byron made his series debut at Daytona International Speedway, and he delivered a ninth-place finish. He then finished seventh at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 14th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Byron then won the pole for the first time in the Xfinity Series at Phoenix Raceway.

This lone season with JR Motorsports featured Byron making four trips to Victory Lane. He scored his first career win at Iowa Speedway, a track that made its return to the schedule during the 2024 season. He also won races at Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Phoenix Raceway.

The championship came down to the final race of the season. Byron was one of four drivers eligible for the Xfinity title. Joining him were teammates Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler. Richard Childress Racing's Daniel Hemric rounded out the group.

Byron didn't win the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway; he didn't have to. He was able to win the championship with a third-place finish because the other three drivers were behind him as the checkered flag waved. He locked up the Xfinity title in his lone season with JR Motorsports and then he moved up to the Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports.