Calgary’s Cameron Hayley enjoyed another big payday on June 1, when he piloted his black #24 Cabinets by Hayley Super Late Model to a dominating victory in the 2nd Annual G.E.T. Rich Montana Gold 212 event, run on the ¼-mile, high-banked Montana Raceway Park oval.
Hayley, the victor in February’s UNOH Battle at the Beach in Daytona, outran 23, top-ranked American Northwest and Canadian Super Late Model drivers to claim the $8,000 first place money, the 16 year-old also receiving a one-ounce gold bar for his efforts.
“This was a really strong field, we were up against a lot of big names, and a bunch of past champions in this race,” stated Hayley.
Despite having previous experience on the Montana Raceway circuit (he was the Super Late Model Rookie of the Year in 2011), Hayley was faced with breaking in and tweaking a brand new race car for the event. The new car was constructed specifically for this contest, and was built by past Montana 200 champion, and Hayley’s K&N West Series Crew Chief, Jeff Jefferson.
“We had almost no time to test and tune the car. But Jeff hit it right on, we were fast right out of the box,” commented Hayley.
Comfortably leading the final 82 (of 212) laps, Hayley claimed the checkered flag by a full straightaway, leading runner-up Alex Lessor to the line by 6.219 seconds. Agni Howell (#1) and Jonathan Gomez (#22) crossed the stripe in third and fourth place respectively, the only other cars finishing on the lead lap. Defending race champion Jeff Jefferson (#42) rounded out the top five finishers.
By J. Wally Nesbitt