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Byron, Hendrick drop by Liberty University

19-year old Liberty student will drive #24 Cup car next season

William Byron, Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick visit Liberty University.

LYNCHBURG, Va. –     The sport of NASCAR descended on the Lynchburg, and Liberty's first convocation of the fall semester.            NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, four-time former champion Jeff Gordon and young gun William Byron were special guests  Byron is a soon to be Cup series driver who has been sporting a Liberty sponsorship since 2014. Byron dominated the truck series and quickly did the same in the Xfinity series, while he continues his education at Liberty as part of its online program. 

      With Chase Elliott moving to the 9 car for Hendrick,  Bryon has been signed on at the age of 19 to drive the 24 car in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series next year.

      "We're so excited because he is such a role model for young people. And just to show folks that if you have the will and the desire to do something and you just go for it you can accomplish unbelievable things," Hendrick says.

       "It feels awesome." Byron says.  "To be in the 24 is something that's really special and Jeff did a lot for that number at Hendrick Motorsports and just excited to see what we can do with it and I know we're going to have a great year next year and it's great to have Liberty on the car as well," said Byron.

        In 2016, Byron turned in the most successful debut season in Camping World Truck Series history with a NASCAR national series rookie record seven victories. Byron moved to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he has already earned three wins -- Iowa, Daytona and Indianapolis -- and currently ranks second in the standings with JR Motorsports.