William Byron Tames NHMS for K&N Win
The overall K&N Pro Series East points leader was pretty much flawless at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday night. The 17-year-old pole-sitter for the United Site Services 70 led from start to finish for his fourth win in eight starts this season.
"This means a lot to come to a racetrack like this and do what we did here today," said Byron. "To come this far in one season is just amazing. I can't thank everyone enough and it's absolutely amazing to be here in victory lane."
Scott Heckert, Kaz Grala, Nick Drake and Austin Hill round out the top-five.
The runner-up finish for Heckert marks his best finish in three career starts at the Magic Mile. It's his 16th top-10 finish in 38 career K&N starts, and sixth in eight races this season.
It was a clean race with only two caution flags - both occurring in the final 20 laps.
"Those late race restarts were our only chance," said Heckert. "I would have like to have a little bit more for William (Byron) at the end, but it was a good day all around for the team."
For Grala, this was his best finish in two appearances at NHMS and it was his fifth top-10 in eight races this season.
"It's always nice to do well at my home track. Last year I was 10th here, so third is definitely a big improvement for me," said Grala, a native of Westborough, Mass.. "I was a 20th place car last year, but to run in the top 10 consistently all day really helps. I was hoping to get Scott (Heckert) at the end, but there was really nothing I could do there. A top-three is really huge for us."