CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been very influential in William Byron’s rise to the NASCAR Cup Series.

Earnhardt watched the driver progress from the K&N series to the XFINITY series where he drove the No. 9 Liberty Chevy for JR Motorsports. As co-owner of the team, he expressed how much it means to have a hand in helping him reach the next level.

“I’m glad that JR Motorsports was a part of it,” Earnhardt said. “It means a lot to us to have been a part of his career. I know he’s going to do some great things in the Cup Series.”

To hear more from Earnhardt on Byron, check out the video above.