Following an impressive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Cameron Hayley made his return to the No. 32 Cabinets by Hayley Chevrolet Silverado to take on New Hampshire Motor Speedway, finishing just outside of the top five in his second-career NCWTS start.
Having only competed at the one-mile New England track in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), the 18-year-old showed pure talent as he made his way around the loop for the first time in a truck, having to adjust not only to the truck's handling, but also to the radial tires that the NCWTS uses rather than the bias ply tires that the NKNPSE driver is accustomed to. Hayley used the weekend's three practice sessions to get reacquainted with the track, laying down impressive top-10 speeds in each session. In his first attempt at NASCAR's knockout qualifying on an oval, Hayley advanced the No. 32 Cabinets by Hayley Chevy to the final round of qualifying, ultimately scoring a second-place, front-row starting spot for his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team. As the green flag waved for a packed New Hampshire crowd, Hayley settled into the top five and began running the fastest lap times on the track. Two-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. called Hayley to pit road on lap 65 for a quick green-flag pit stop, giving the No. 32 truck four tires and fuel before it rejoined in the top five. The first caution of the 175-lap race waved on lap 102 and Hillman took the opportunity to bring Hayley back to pit road for four tires and fuel, while making a slight track-bar adjustment to tighten up his entry. By lap 119, the Cabinets by Hayley Chevy was once again the fastest truck on the track. Veteran NASCAR spotter Eddie D'Hondt helped the young driver maneuver his way through tight traffic before the second caution arose with 29 laps to go. Following the leaders, Hayley returned to pit road for two right-side tires and fuel, rejoining the field in the fourth position. With true patience and persistence, the Canada-native managed to hold onto his top-10 track position throughout three late-race restarts before crossing the finish line in the sixth position.
Cameron Hayley on Racing in the NCWTS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"This weekend has been great; it completely exceeded my expectations. To get a front-row starting spot in my first Truck Series race on an oval was just a dream come true. This entire experience is something I've dreamed of since I was a kid. I can't thank my crew chief [Mike] Hillman [Jr.] and my spotter Eddie [D'Hondt] enough for their guidance throughout the weekend. I've got a lot of trust in this entire team, and I think that shows in our performance. I can't wait to get back behind the wheel of the Cabinets by Hayley Chevy in Texas. It's a track that my team has a lot of experience at and I think we'll have another good shot at getting a great finish. This was such a fun opportunity and I learned a ton out there."