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NASCAR community congratulates William Byron on Hendrick deal

SPARTA, KY - JULY 07: William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2016 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

SPARTA, KY - JULY 07: William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2016 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Thursday morning, Hendrick Motorsports announced it signed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader William Byron to a long-term driving deal.

Next year, Byron will race a full NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule for Hendrick affiliate JR Motorsports and at some point afterwards will presumably move up to Hendrick's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.

Heavy stuff for a young man who is just 18 years old but already has won five races this season.

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The Byron-to-Hendrick announcement was greeted warmly on social media.