Points Finish 23rd, 0 Wins, 0 Top Fives, 4 Top Tens, 21 Top Twenties, 22.1 Average Finish, 18.8 Average Running Position, 61 Laps Led, 68.09 Driver Rating
William Byron’s rookie season wasn’t one for the record books. Expectations were high for him in the Hendrick #24, and not a lot of good happened.
In 2019 I think we’ll see a lot of improvement from him. Chad Knaus will now be his crew chief, the new rules package will likely prove to be a great equalizer and I think he’ll also show lots of natural improvement from experience gained.
Last season, shorter flat tracks were his best track type. In 2019 I think they’ll continue to be strong points. This upcoming season I think he’ll really show improvement at intermediate tracks and bigger flat tracks.
In 2019, I think short tracks and road courses will be weaknesses for William Byron.
Another weakness for William Byron is that he needs to avoid wrecking. Last year in 1 out of every 7 races he had a DNF because of an accident/wreck.
Intermediate Track Fantasy Value – B
William Byron was a disappointment at intermediate tracks last year. I had high expectations for him, and he greatly underachieved. In 2018 on this track type outside of Texas a good day for him was a result around 20th, given his tier and equipment he really was a big let down. For the season on this track type he had a dismal 25.6 average finish. Bubba Wallace had him beat in that stat so that should say something.
In 2019 I think he’ll be more successful at intermediate tracks. Chad Knaus will be his crew chief and I think the 2019 rules package which will be a reset point and narrow his experience gap will be beneficial.
This upcoming season I think Byron should be viewed as a mid-teens driver who’ll compete for a good amount of top tens.
Flat Track Fantasy Value – B
Shorter flat tracks have been a strength for William Byron and were his best venues during his rookie campaign. Last season on this sub-track type he was consistently a low-double digit to mid-teens driver. At these venues in 4 of the 5 races he finished between 9th to 14th. In 2019 you should definitely target him at shorter flat tracks.
At the bigger flat tracks he’s also shown some potential and hopefully he can build on that during his sophomore season. Last summer at Pocono he finished 6th, in the spring he finished 18th. At Indy last year he had a lack luster performance and finished 19th.
Short Track Fantasy Value – B-
William Byron hasn’t done much to inspire confidence at short tracks. In 2019 on this track type he’s worth a look at Richmond, at the other two venues you’ll be able to find better options in his tier.
At Richmond, he finished 12th in the spring and 20th in the fall. In the other three races held at shorter flat tracks which correlate to success his average finish was 11.6.
At Bristol, things haven’t been that great. Last season he finished a few laps off the lead lap in both events and had results of 18th and 23rd.
At Martinsville I hope he’ll show natural improvement in year #2. In 2018 he finished 20th in the spring and wrecked in the fall (finished 39th).
Plate Track Fantasy Value – B-
William Byron didn’t have a good season at plate tracks in 2018. He finished 20th or worse every race and had a 26.0 average finish. In 2019 I’m hoping he’ll show improvement but based on what we’ve seen I would just view him as a high-teens driver.
Last year at Talladega he finished 20th in the fall and in the spring he led 14 laps but crashed and finished 29th.
At Daytona in 2018 he finished 23rd in the Daytona 500 and in the summer he led 12 laps but finished 32nd after wrecking while leading.
Road Course Fantasy Value – B-
Last year at road courses, William Byron showed potential, but he also showed signs of warning.
His best performance by a wide margin was at Watkins Glen. At that venue he finished 8th, earned the 9th best driver rating and had a 10th place average running position.
At the other two venues he was a disappointment. He finished 25th at Sonoma and crashed at Charlotte which led to his 34th place finish.
Now that he has a season under his belt lets hope to see improvement. In 2019 I would set his baseline value at these tracks as being a mid to high-teens driver. That said, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him walk away with a good finish at one of the venues.