Byron wins at Daytona for second straight Xfinity victory

BY AP • July 1, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) William Byron raced to his second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series victory by avoiding several crashes and outlasting the rain Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

The 19-year-old became the youngest series winner at Daytona. He drove his JR Motorsports Chevrolet to his first career win last weekend at Iowa.

Rain postponed the race from Friday night until Saturday, and then a second weather delay of nearly two hours made for a lengthy 250 miles. Then Byron needed overtime to complete the win.

Byron took the lead on the final restart in overtime, in part because of a poor start by Erik Jones, and then wasn't sure what to do when an accident behind him effectively ended the race.

''I have to go around one more time, right?'' he asked his crew.

Seven drivers were scheduled to run both the Xfinity Series race and the 400-mile Cup race later Saturday night.


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