Haley Rallied To Finish Third At Dover

Justin Haley
JUSTIN HALEY
No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado

 

Start: 4th
Finish: 3rd
Points: 7th

 

Stage One: Starting a track-best fourth for the JEGS 200, Justin Haley quickly grabbed the second position at the start, and was closing in on the leader when the caution came out on lap three. Happy with his No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado, Haley ran the remainder of Stage One patiently in the third position, trying to preserve his equipment. Crew Chief Kevin Bellicourt called Haley down pit road for four tires, fuel and tape on the grille, lining the No. 24 third for Stage Two.

 

Stage Two: Still remaining patient, Haley maintained his position in third until making this pass for second with five laps remaining in Stage Two. He reported that his Chevy was “good in turns one and two but a bit lose in three and four.” Coming to pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment during the stage break, Haley maintained his track position, starting Stage Three in second.

 

Final Stage: With a long green flag run to open up the final stage, the handling of Haley’s No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy began to swing to the loose side. Within a few laps of having to make green flag pit stops, the caution came out on lap 157, allowing Haley to come to pit road for four tires, one can of fuel and an air pressure adjustment. However, a lengthy stop had Haley restarting fifth with 38 laps remaining. With two more cautions occurring before the end of the race, including one attempt at overtime, Haley was able to work his way back to a third-place finish in the JEGS 200.

 

Additional Notes:

– Haley’s fourth-place qualifying effort and third-place finish Friday mark his best NCWTS showing at Dover International Speedway.

 

– Haley has finished in the top-10 in both of his NCWTS starts at the “Monster Mile.”

 

– With his top-three finish at Dover, Haley is now seventh in the NCWTS driver point standings.

 

Quote:
“We had a really solid weekend. We ran in the top-five all day and it’s probably the best race we’ve ever had with the No. 24 guys. I was really hoping that (Matt) Crafton and Johnny (Sauter) would move up there at the end and I could slide by for my first win, but it didn’t work out that way.”

 

“I think we’re one of the more overlooked teams in the garage. We’ve had really bad luck. We’re usually fast, but this weekend we were just really competitive the entire time. We were running up front on that last caution where we all came down pit road and just had a pit stop that cost us too many spots. The rest of the cautions just kind of fell our way and we could work our way back to the front. I’m thankful though that the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles team and GMS Fabrication built me a fast truck. We have a win in sight.”

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

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