While praising the accomplishments of 20-year-old NASCAR driver William Byron, Reverend Franklin Graham noted that Byron attends a Christian university, views his religious faith as the "center" of his life, and believes that God led him to racing as a way to "spread" the Christian faith.
In a Feb. 19 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "Can you imagine racing a 200 mph NASCAR race car in the #Daytona500 at 20 years of age? Well, William Byron did yesterday! He drives Hendrick Motorsports #24—that’s quite an accomplishment, but that’s not all."
"This young man attends Liberty University, which is a great Christian university—all of my four children attended school there," said Graham. "I think William had a fantastic answer when asked if his faith was a factor in what he does—"
Then Graham quoted Byron: “Racing is so unpredictable that you can’t control the outcome most of the time. That’s why God is so important in my life. Winning a race can’t be the center of your life, and it never has been for me."
"I’ve been able to take racing and be relaxed about it to the degree that I can still go out there and be competitive, but I know that my faith is center," he said, "and I can rely on that all of the time."
"I feel like getting into racing was God’s plan for me, so I can spread my faith through the racing garage and with race fans — that’s why it’s been so special," said Byron.
In conclusion, Rev. Graham said, "Way to go William! Keep putting God first, and that will be your biggest win in life."