Running solidly inside the top-10 for almost the entire first half of a caution-plagued Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, Hayley fought "loose" conditions early on with his Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra. Running as high as first, leading one lap, and as low as 11th, Hayley maintained an Average Running Position of 11.5 during the 200-lap event.
Coming to pit road under caution at laps 28 and 106, respectively, crew chief Jeff Hensley called for four tires, fuel and adjustments to improve the handling of the ThorSport Racing machine. Unfortunately, less than 20 laps later, Hayley notified his crew of a "really bad oil smell" in the cockpit of his Toyota Tundra.
Retiring behind the wall on lap 127, the Carolina Nut Co. team worked to get Hayley back out on the track in an attempt to regain a couple positions. Returning for a few late-race laps, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada native was able to make up some ground before having to pull back behind the wall.
In the end, the Sunoco rookie contender maintained the seventh position in the NCWTS standings, but now finds himself 79 points behind leader, and ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton.
"We just broke a motor, that's the easiest way to say it. We dropped a valve spring and came in thinking our day was done. The team decided to put another valve spring back in it. We did, and tried to make some laps, but we were just leaking too much oil and NASCAR black-flagged us."
"We had a super fast truck though. We ran top-3 all night and had a really good truck. We had perfect pit stops and great track position, it just didn't work out. I wish we could have had a better finish to the night for the awesome sponsors we had on the truck this week, Carolina Nut Co. and Cabinets by Hayley."