Canadian Cameron Hayley looked to be headed towards a solid run in front of the crowd at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, till the final stages of the event where things did not play out as he would’ve hoped.
Starting from sixth, Hayley ran up front throughout the first half of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 till a pit road tire violation relegated him back to 20th in the running order. He began to quickly make the ground back up, moving up through the field back into the ninth position.
Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out as planned as contact from ThorSport Racing teammate Rico Abreu on Lap 63 resulted in Hayley’s No. 13 RIDE Toyota Tundra going around for a spin, before being hit heavily by Brett Moffitt who had nowhere to go.
Hayley’s team repaired the truck on pit road, allowing him to drive back up to the ninth position by the checkered flag.
“We were really fast,” Hayley told POPULAR SPEED. “We weren’t running with the best equipment following the fire at the race shop, but we made the most of it. We made a truck that was not supposed to be a top-five truck, a top-five truck. But we had some troubles on pit road and got taken out. We made our way back up to the top-10 – I guess that’s something, but it still sucks.”
Abreu was quick to apologize to his teammate, stating he wheel-hopped going into the corner.
“It’s just part of road course racing; it can get (you) out of your control,” Abreu said. “I’m nowhere near as experienced, and it took the bite out of it hit Cameron in the right rear. I feel really bad for these ThorSport guys. I’m trying really hard, and I just think at the end of the day I’m trying too hard. I hope I can get them a good finish at Chicagoland.”
Currently sitting 10th in points, Hayley knows what he has to do at Chicagoland Speedway in a couple of weeks to make the Camping World Truck Series Chase.
“We have to win – that’s the bottom line,” Hayley said.
With four top-fives this season – three on intermediate tracks, it’s entirely possible for the sophomore driver to score his first career series victory.
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