NASCAR driver William Byron

Liberty University junior online student and NASCAR driver William Byron raises his arms in Victory Lane after his first Cup Series triumph Saturday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. 

At the end of the first week of classes for the fall semester at Liberty University, the excitement for a new school year continued when William Byron, a junior business communications student at Liberty, celebrated his first NASCAR Cup Series win on Saturday night, Aug. 29, at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway — driving the Liberty University No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.

“It was pretty cool to have Liberty on the car this past weekend and even Coach Freeze reached out to me and was excited for us,” Byron said of Liberty Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze. “Those things are really special and hopefully we can continue to carry that into the playoffs.”

Byron’s long-awaited and dramatic triumph sealed his second playoff berth in his three seasons in NASCAR’s most elite level of competition.

Maneuvering through two on-track incidents in the final 10 laps, Byron took the lead coming to the white flag and ultimately crossed the finish line first in overtime in the regular-season finale.

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