Following a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) career-best weekend in Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last weekend, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Cameron Hayley is ready to capitalize on his success as he makes his way to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth, for the third time in his young NCWTS career, for Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350k.
Making two previous starts at the 1.5-mile track, including a start in the fall race of 2014, the 19-year-old driver has momentum on his side heading to the "Lone Star" state. With a track-best starting position of fifth, in his TMS debut in 2014, and a track-best finish of seventh, earlier this season, Hayley has also led the ultra-competitive NCWTS field for three circuits. Completing 100 percent of the laps attempted (319 of 319), the Alberta, Canada native has spent 146 laps (96.1%) in 2014, and 153 laps (91.6%) in 2015, running within the top-15, proving himself a contender.
Hayley, who is within 17 points of fifth-place, Timothy Peters, in the 2015 NCWTS driver points standing, could propel himself even closer to the top-five with another strong weekend at TMS. Already collecting four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in the 2015 season, the only thing missing from Hayley's resume is his first NCWTS win, and and the "No Limits" track has provided a plethora of first-time winners. In fact, five drivers earned their first NCWTS wins at the Fort Worth track; Bryan Reffner (2000), Travis Kvapil (2001), Brendan Gaughan (2002), Clint Bowyer (2006), and Jeb Burton (2013). Hayley, who has an Average Finish of 8.5, in two starts, looks to add his name to an impressive list of first-time winners following Friday night's 147-lap event.
Sounding off - Cameron Hayley:
"Texas Motor Speedway is starting to become a more worn out race track. It's getting bumpier, and almost becoming more like a Kentucky (Motor Speedway). In the spring, we weren't as good as we needed to be, but since then, we've been to a lot of other mile-and-a-half tracks. We've really dialed in our trucks, and have gotten that package better. The fact that I've already raced there is going to be a big advantage, and the fact that our trucks are better, I think we have a really good shot at a top-five finish, if not a win Friday night."