He returns to the series and is back in Victory Lane.
After a mix of early contenders out front, William Byron grabbed the reigns and rode away with the win in Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
Byron’s performance in the No. 7 Spire Motorsports entry brought back memories of his dominant 2016 season in the series, where he won seven races and put the nation on notice. The Cup Series regular led a race-high 94 of the 200 laps after grabbing the lead after Stage 2, outdueling Kyle Busch and others in his first Trucks start in nearly a year and just his second since the ’16 season.
Trailing Byron was a host of Toyotas, led by Johnny Sauter, who made a spectacular run through the field after starting at the tail end. His strong run left him one spot short of his first victory since 2019, trailing Byron by 1.138 seconds. Busch, John Hunter Nemechek and reigning champion Ben Rhodes rounded out the top five.
Zane Smith started on the pole and won Stage 1 but drifted back into the field as the night went on. The two-time 2022 winner finished ninth and led a second-best 55 laps.
The Truck Series returns to action for the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt next Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Note: Post-race inspection in the Truck Series garage is complete with no issues, confirming William Byron as the winner.