Justin Haley Adds A Top Ten Finish At Martinsville

Justin Haley

JUSTIN HALEY
No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet
Start: 12th
Finish: 10th
Points: 11th

 

Stage One: Haley started Saturday’s race from the 12th position, battling a tight-handling condition as snow began to fall in the opening laps. When the race resumed Monday morning, Haley restarted in 12th but dropped back to 16th due to a lack of rear grip. He pitted under caution for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment, rejoining the field in the 13th position for the start of Stage Two.

 

Stage Two: Halfway through Stage Two, Haley reported his drive-off was much better as he entered the top-10 for the first time. He ran as high as the eighth position before falling back to 11th at the conclusion of the second stage. After pitting for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment for more rear grip, Haley lined up to the start the Final Stage from the 14th position with several trucks taking only two tires under yellow.

 

Final Stage: Haley worked his way up to the 11th position before the caution was called for debris. Crew chief Kevin Bellicourt called Haley to pit road for one last stop with fewer than 50 laps left in the race. Haley raced the No. 24 back into the top-10 in just three laps before the field was slowed once again. Two additional caution flags slowed Haley’s progress, but the 18-year-old driver crossed the line in 10th for his best finish at Martinsville Speedway.

 

Additional Notes:
– Haley’s 10th-place finish at Martinsville is his best result at the Ridgeway, Va., track.
– With one top-five and two top-10 finishes to start the season, Haley is 11th in the NCWTS point standings.

 

Quote:
Martinsville (Speedway) usually throws us a curveball and it was refreshing to drive a competitive truck that’s ready to win. Luck still wasn’t on our side, but we rebounded well. We still have plenty of races to catch up in points, and I’m confident, in my team, that we’ll do that.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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