Cameron Hayley – Atlanta Motor Speedway Preview

2016-Cameraon-Hayley-smTeam Information:

Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis
Manufacturer: Toyota
Engine: Triad Racing Technologies
2016 driver point standings: 23rd
2016 owner point standings: 25th

Sounding Off – Cameron Hayley:

What are your thoughts on Atlanta? You’re going back for the second time this year; do you feel better about the track?

“Atlanta was probably one of my biggest struggles last year. Daytona is kind of an exhibition race, there’s not a whole lot of handling that goes into it. Atlanta will be the first race that Eddie (Troconis), my new crew chief and I, will get to know each other, and how each other works. We’ve definitely been working really hard, as a pair, to get to know what each other wants – just knowing what changes he needs to make off of what I’m feeling. It’s definitely a difficult race track, I have a lot to learn, but hopefully I can take what I learned last year and apply it to this year.”

Is it difficult going back to a track you haven’t seen in 365 days?

“It’s difficult going back to a place, like Atlanta, that you only visit once a year. I made a lot of notes last year, so I have that to look back on. I’m pretty good at remembering the track layouts, but I’m sure there are things that I’ll have to re-learn again once I get there. Like I said earlier, Atlanta is one of the first real race tracks that we have to worry about handling, and tire management, but I’m looking forward to it.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Information…The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will utilize chassis No. 35 for Saturday’s Great Clips 200 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS). This particular chassis was utilized by Matt Crafton in 2015 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn. Crafton started second in Kansas, led six laps and won, and started on the pole in Michigan, and finished sixth.
  • Atlanta Fast Facts… Cameron Hayley has one start at AMS in 2015. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada native started third in his track debut, and finished 14th, completing 129 of 130 laps attempted.
  • Daytona Recap… Hayley started 14th, led four laps with an Average Running Position of 8.98, and finished 25th after being collected in a lap 94 accident involving 18 trucks in Turn 3. The sophomore driver ranked fifth in Driver Rating with an 89.0, third in Laps in the Top 15 with 89, and first in Quality Passes with 161.

Hayley’s Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 27 since 2014
  • First full-time season: 2015
  • Top-5 Finishes: 4
  • Top-10 Finishes: 15
  • Laps Completed: 3813 of 3946 (96.6%)
  • Laps Led: 82
  • Start: 8.3
  • Finish: 11.3
  • Best start: 2nd, Loudon (2014), and Martinsville (Oct., 2015)
  • Best finish: 3rd, Martinsville (Oct. 2015)

Hayley’s 2015 NCWTS Stats:

  • Finished sixth in the driver point standings
  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
  • Four top-five finishes
  • 13 top-12 finishes
  • 78 laps led
  • Best start: 2nd (Martinsville, October)
  • Best finish: 3rd (Martinsville, October)
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