LOUDON, N.H. — William Byron aced the inaugural Chase race in NASCAR's truck series.
The Liberty University freshman dominated Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won for a whopping sixth time this season.
This win in the UNOH 175 came with extra credit: Byron, 18, became the first driver to advance to the second round of the Chase.
"It's a great run for our team," he said. "We needed this to get back into Chase form."
NASCAR expanded its Chase format this season to include the feeder Xfinity and truck series.
Byron, the pole-sitter, led 161 of 175 laps. Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell was second.
Xfinity: Elliott Salder Jones won the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, the inaugural race in the Chase for the Championship for NASCAR's second-tier series. Sadler led 11 of the 200 laps in a race that saw 12 caution flags and a red flag seven laps from the end.
NHRA: Richie Crampton led Top Fuel qualifying at the Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill. Crampton's Friday night run of 3.733 seconds at 323.50 mph held up. Robert Hight (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also led heading into today's eliminations.