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Charlotte's Byron signs with HMS

CONCORD -- Charlotte native William Byron signed a multi-year agreement with Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced Thursday.

<p>Jul 30, 2016; Long Pond, PA, USA; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver William Byron celebrates in victory lane after winning the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports</p>

CONCORD -- Charlotte native William Byron signed a multi-year agreement with Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced Thursday.

Byron will race full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for HMS affiliate JR Motorsports beginning in 2017.

Byron, a 19-year-old graduate of Charlotte Country Day, has won a rookie-record five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.

“Even before I started racing, it was a dream of mine to drive for Hendrick Motorsports,” Byron said in a statement. "This is the biggest announcement and biggest opportunity of my life, and I will do everything I can to make the most of it. I’m proud to be part of this team.”