Rajan Khanna/Staff Reporter
The NASCAR XFINITY Series saw William Byron get redemption for the heartbreak he experienced last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Bryon experienced a mechanical failure in the penultimate race of the season and did not advance to the final round of the Playoffs (then called The Chase). This year, Byron used that as momentum to ensure his victory. He and his teammate, Elliott Sadler, battled intensely in the final laps of the race for the championship position. Sadler ended up behind Ryan Preece and could not get around him to catch Bryon. Byron ran away with second place and scored the championship. He started the season slowly but was able to hit a stride and win five races and the championship in his rookie season. He is destined to become a NASCAR legends such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, and Richard Petty. Byron also won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for 2017. He will get his chance at the 2018 championship in the number 24 car for Hendrick Motorsports while Chase Elliott will move to the number 9 car. The champion was William Byron but the race winner was Cole Custer, who also got his first win in the final race. Custer was a rookie driving for the brand-new XFINITY program at Stewart-Haas Racing. His season was quite slow until the finale where he dominated most of the race and took the victory easily. He is expected to drive the number 00 car next season for Stewart-Haas Racing with a new teammate, as they will field the number 98 car. The car is expected to be driven by Kevin Harvick part-time next season.