It’s On The Internet, So It Must Be True – Byron To Cup In 2018

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

With Kasey Kahne out at Hendrick Motorsports next season, Internet speculation is rampant that at some point between now and 2018, William Byron – probably sooner than later – will be named as the replacement in the No. 5 ride.

A source apparently leaked information about Byron’s future to SBNation, ESPN and Motorsport.com, which all relayed the news in some fashion. That set off a chain of events across the industry and now just about every other motorsports Web site is “breaking” the news. There is very little doubt the reports aren’t solid but no one confirmed the information to Kickin’ the Tires, so this is what you get from us.

As for Byron, he was very close to winning a Camping World Truck Series Championship in 2016 and has, so far, accumulated three wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His expected move up the Hendrick food chain from JR Motorsports mean Hendrick will field cars in 2018 with three drivers (Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and Williams Byron) who are all under 25-years-old. Their leader will be seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, if all the reports are accurate.

Byron joined JR Motorsports after running trucks with Kyle Busch Motorsports and has only been in the top tiers of NASCAR racing for a handful of years.

Giving credit to Jordan Bianchi at SBNation, his report states that Byron will have sponsorship from Liberty University, which has also backed him in trucks and Xfinity. Byron is also enrolled in the university.

At this time, Hendrick Motorsports has not released any information about Byron’s future.

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