@CameronNHayley • @ThorSportRacing • @NASCAR_Trucks • @NASCAR • @BMSupdates • #ItsBristolBaby • Sandusky, OH (August 17, 2015) – Coming off his seventh top-10 finish of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra, is anxious to get back to his short track racing roots.
Making a quick turn around in racing action, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender heads to the 0.533-mile concrete oval of Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 looking to capture his first NCWTS win, a feat that has only been done twice in series history by Joe Ruttman (1995) and Rick Carelli (1996).
While this is Hayley’s 12th different track debut on the 2015 NCWTS schedule, the Canada-native has one previous start at “Thunder Valley” in the K&N Pro Series East, earning a top-10 qualifying effort, and a 17th-place finish. Hoping to use his prior laps around BMS to his advantage, Hayley is confident in the Toyota Tundra that his ThorSport Racing team has prepared for Wednesday’s 200-lap event.
Sounding off – Cameron Hayley:
“I can’t wait to finally get back to another short track. I’ve raced at Bristol Motor Speedway once before, in a K&N Pro Series East, so I have a little bit of track experience heading into this race. I think we have a great Toyota Tundra prepared, and hopefully we can get a top-five finish with it, or even a win. We’ve had some solid runs lately, and I can’t wait to get another one at Bristol.”
News & Notes:
Chassis Chatter… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will utilize chassis No. 49 for Wednesday’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This particular chassis has been raced twice already this season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, finishing 11th, and Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, where Hayley finished fifth.
Bristol Bulletin… Hayley will make his 12th NCWTS track debut of the 2015 season at BMS on Wednesday. However, the NASCAR Next Alumni has one previous start at BMS in the K&N Pro Series East in 2014. Hayley qualified seventh and finished 17th. The only two tracks the rookie has previously raced at before this season is Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
Season Review… After 13 races this season, Hayley has completed 1870 of 1989 laps attempted (94%) and led 41 laps en route to three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.Rookie Race… Hayley is currently second in the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle behind leader, Erik Jones, after 13 races this season.
Previous Race Recap… Laying down sporty laps throughout both of Friday’s practice sessions at MIS, Hayley was ranked in the top-three fastest drivers heading into Saturday’s qualifying for the Careers for Veterans 200. Advancing his way into the final round of qualifying at the two-mile D-shaped oval, the rookie posted a lap good enough for the sixth starting position. Fighting within the lead pack for the entire 100-lap event, Hayley struggled with the handling of his Toyota Tundra swinging from tight to loose. However, a string of late race cautions allowed the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to make his way up through the pack, and capture a top-10 finish in his MIS debut.
Hayley’s Truck Series Stats:
16 starts since 2014
Three top-five finishes Nine top-10 finishes
First start: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Best start: 2nd (Loudon, 2014)
Best finish: 4th (Pocono, 2015)
Has completed 2261 of 2380 laps attempted (95%)
Average start: 8.1
Average finish: 11.1
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Track Details: 0.533-mile concrete oval
Distance: 200 laps/106.6 miles
ABOUT THE CAROLINA NUT CO.: For more than 60 years The Carolina Nut Co. has used unique handcrafted family recipes to create gourmet nut flavors for every nut lover. Located in Henderson, N.C., The Carolina Nut Co. is a family-owned company that is spreading its delicious nut creations throughout the nation. To learn more, visit www.carolinanut.com.
ABOUT THORSPORT RACING: ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter, and the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Cameron Hayley in 2015.
Contact: Jessica O’Brien/ Edgehill Management Group