Rick Hendrick is a busy man, and he likes to keep his drivers busy.
In the middle of the week between Las Vegas and Phoenix, Hendrick Motorsports and two of their drivers announced their schedule was getting busier. Hendrick shared that they were adding an Xfinity effort to be split between William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Alex Bowman. On Thursday, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Byron would be driving a truck for them in the No. 51 Silverado.
What You Need to Know:
- Hendrick Motorsports announced they would field a car for select races in the Xfinity Series while Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Hendrick driver William Byron would also drive in the Craftsman Truck Series for them.
- The news collectively adds seven races to Larson, Byron and Bowman’s racing schedule in 2023.
- With more races on the schedule, fans will have the opportunity to see the popular Chevy drivers more often while they seek to sharpen their skills for the Cup Series effort.
Hendrick Motorsports announced the Xfinity schedule Wednesday. They will field the No. 17 car sponsored by HendrickCars.com.
KBM is bringing William Byron into the No. 51 Silverado for three races, also sponsored by HendrickCars.com
In the KBM release, Byron said, “I am so excited to return to racing with KBM. I’m looking forward to getting back in their trucks and hopefully having some fun for these three races. These are three cool race tracks we’re paired up for and I’m interested in running at them since I haven’t raced there in a truck before. “
Rick Hendrick is proud to bring back the 17 to Xfinity. Prior to his sudden passing Mr. H’s son, Ricky, drove the 17 in various races and sported the red, white, and blue scheme featured on the 5 Cup car, 17 Xfinity car, and now, the 51 truck.
The elder Hendrick said in his release, “It was fun being back in the Xfinity Series and seeing a great return from our HendrickCars.com sponsorship. The team had strong results on the track, but we didn’t quite get to victory lane. Having unfinished business gives us extra motivation this season.”
In the Stands
Hendrick fans were excited to see Byron back in trucks.
The nostalgia ran rampant on Twitter after Byron’s announcement.
Bowman fans voiced their support for Alex to get more seat time.
On Reddit, fans expounded upon the news.
The excitement for Darlington was large as Kyle Larson fans shared their anticipation.