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William Byron Joins Star Studded Speefest Entry List

The Cup contender rejoins Donnie Wilson Motorsports for 2023.

The Donnie Wilson Motorsports No. 24 has shown up as a TBA since the first provisional entry list for Speedfest at Watermelon Capital Speedway came out but it was no huge secret that William Byron would return to the seat once the details were finalized.

To wit, the Hendrick Motorsports driver will return to Super Late Model racing in 2023 starting this weekend in Crisp County Georgia.

It’s only the second time the 25-year-old has entered the event, but his first since 2016 with Kyle Busch Motorsports, when he led 14 laps but was eliminated from contention late in an incident involving Bubba Pollard and John Hunter Nemechek.

In other words, this is unfinished business for a driver who won six times in nine starts last year in his return to the discipline following a six-year absence.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been to SpeedFest and I’m looking forward to racing at Watermelon Capital Speedway again,” Byron said. “It’s been a nice off-season but I’m ready to get back in a race car and get 2023 started.”

It adds to an already impressive entry list that contains NASCAR and Super Late Model superstars alike in Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse, Matthew Craig, Casey Roderick, Johnny Sauter, David Ragan, Corey Heim, Carson Hocevar and Jake Garcia.

Amongst his short track accolades last season, Byron won the Slinger Nationals, Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory and North South Super Late Model Showdown at Nashville.

The event is scheduled for Thursday to Saturday with a test session on Thursday, practice on Friday and racing on Saturday. Super Late Models are the headline attraction alongside Pro Late Models, Outlaw Late Models, Bandoleros and Legends. For those unable to attend, Racing America will have flag to flag coverage of the entire race day for those who subscribe to the platform.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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