Calgary’s Cameron Hayley claims 19th place at Kansas Speedway
Alberta’s Cameron Hayley took the start of the Toyota Tundra 250 in 15th place and cross the line 19th, one lap down the winner.
Hayley, driving the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra, reported that his Thor Sport Racing Tundra was tight early in the run, and swung to the loose side late in a run.
The Calgary native was scored 12th by lap 20, but fell back to 18th, due to handling, before making his way down pit road for four tires and fuel under the race’s second caution at lap 45. Restarting 19th at lap 48, Hayley continued to fight handling on his Toyota Tundra, but worked his way up to the sixth position by lap 70.
In an effort to maintain track position, crew chief Eddie Troconis opted to keep the sophomore driver out on the race track through the series of five ensuing quick cautions, but a long green flag run, which was eventually ended by the caution clock, followed by a lengthy time before pit road opened, due to trucks running out of fuel on the track, resulted in the No. 13 machine running out of fuel under caution. Hayley would have to be pushed back to his pit stall, ultimately losing valuable track position that he was never able to recover from, late in the race. The Cabinets by Hayley driver would eventually cross the stripe in the 19th position, behind race winner, William Byron.
“Our finish tonight doesn’t reflect the strong Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra that we had,” Hayley declared after the race. “Eddie and all the guys worked so hard to get this thing dialed in. We were running inside the top 10 and did what we thought we needed to do to contend for a win. I feel like we would’ve been in good shape had it not been for that stalled truck at the entrance of pit road that forced all of us back around under caution. We just weren’t able to recover from it.”
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