2015 Driver Point Standings: 6th
2015 Owner Point Standings: 8th
Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley
Sandusky, Ohio (November 2, 2015) – 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.”
News & Notes:
- Chassis Chatter… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will utilize chassis No. 53 for Friday’s WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway. This particular chassis has made four appearances in 2015, at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (ninth), Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (fourth), Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet (16th), and Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (10th).
- Texas Sized Stats… Hayley will return to Texas Motor Speedway for the third time in his young NCWTS career for Friday night’s 147-lap event. As the only track on the NCWTS circuit that Hayley will be returning to, with two previous starts, the ThorSport Racing driver has a track-best qualifying effort of fifth (2014) and a track-best finish of seventh (2015). Furthermore, Hayley has an Average Start of 6.6, and an Average Finish of 8.5. Aside from Texas, before 2015, Hayley had experience, on two other NCWTS tracks on the 2015 schedule; Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- Season Review… After 20 races this season, Hayley has completed 2899 of 3024 laps attempted (95.8%), and led 77 laps en route to four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. The ThorSport Racing driver currently has a season-best start of second at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, and a season-best finish of third at Martinsville Speedway. In 2015, the ThorSport Racing driver has an Average Start of 8.2, and an Average Finish of 11.1.
- Rookie Race… Hayley is currently third in the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, cutting the deficit to a mere three points behind second-place, Daniel Hemric. Both Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders are chasing leader, Erik Jones.
- Previous Race Recap… Showing speed as soon as they unloaded, Hayley posted laps in the top-three in both of Friday’s practice sessions at Martinsville Speedway. Qualifying second for the Kroger 200, Hayley showed he belonged at the front of the field. Never falling outside of the top-three during the 200-lap race, Hayley put up a hard-fought battle for his first NCWTS career win, but ultimately came up a couple positions short, in third-place.
Hayley’s Truck Series Stats:
- 23 starts since 2014
- Four top-five finishes
- 13 top-10 finishes
- First start: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
- Best start: 2nd (Loudon, 2014 & Martinsville, Fall 2015)
- Best finish: 3rd (Martinsville, Fall 2015)
- Has completed 3290 of 3415 laps attempted (96.3%)
- Average start: 7.8
- Average finish: 10.8
Hayley’s NCWTS Performance Profile:
Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Track Details: 1.5-mile oval
Distance: 147 laps/220.5 miles