Justin Haley, driver of the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing, made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Dover International Speedway from the 21st position. Following limited time on track Thursday due to issues in first practice, Haley’s team, led by Ryan McKinney, made major changes before Friday’s qualifying session.
Haley maintained his position until the first caution of the race on lap 23 when he pitted for tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to help with a tight condition. He reported to the team that the adjustments helped and was able to stay on track as the leaders pitted, advancing his position on track. He ended the first stage in the eighth position and stayed out while the leaders pitted and began the second stage from the second position. He continued to run in the top-five until he got loose, making contact with the inside wall on lap 75. The team was able to repair the minimal damage that occurred and Haley returned to the track one lap down.
The next caution came quickly allowing Haley to rejoin the lead lap cars. On lap 85 he reported to the team that the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy was handling much better and he was able to stay on track following the conclusion of stage two. Haley brought his Chevy to pit road for one final stop with 28 laps to go. Another swing to the tight-side on handling kept Haley from advancing into the top-five. He finished in the eighth position for his second top-10 finish of the season.
“This was definitely a tough day for our No. 24 team. I think we did a great job pushing through it and getting another top 10. Every week we learn a little more and I think we’re at least moving in the right direction. Now it’s time to refocus and get it done at Texas next week.”
GMS Racing PR