Justin Haley Had Handling Issues At Kansas

Justin Haley

No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado 


Start: 12th

Finish: 10th

Points: 8th


Stage One: Rolling off 12th for the start of the 37 Kind Days 250, Justin Haley settled into the top-15 running order during the opening laps. Halfway through the stage, Haley reported that his Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy was really loose on landing, but eventually would become tight on the exit of the corners. Holding on to an ill-handling truck, Haley finished Stage One in the 13th position. Crew chief Kevin Bellicourt called the No. 24 down pit road under the break, for four tires, fuel and both an air pressure and chassis adjustment, lining Haley up ninth for the restart.


Stage Two: Still fighting handling woes throughout Stage Two, Haley reported that his Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy felt much looser than the last green-flag run. Holding on until the end of the stage on lap 82, Haley took the green-checkered flag running in the 12th position. Looking to gain track position and clean air for the Final Stage, Bellicourt elected to take two tires, fuel and make both an air pressure and chassis adjustment to try tighten up the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado. With the pit strategy, Haley lined up first for the restart on lap 88.


Final Stage: Unfortunately on the restart Haley’s Chevy couldn’t get up to speed fast enough, trapping him in the middle lane. Once Haley could settle in the 12th position, he reported that he was he wrecking loose. When the caution came out on lap 100 for debris, Bellicourt called Haley down pit road for a chassis adjustment and fuel only, lining him up 10th for the restart. Despite still fighting handling issues on the No. 24, a long green-flag ensued initiating varying pit strategy. After topping off on fuel under a previous caution, Haley was able to stay on track longer than some of the leaders working his way into the top-five running order. However, with the race remaining green, Haley had to come to pit road with 15 laps remaining for a splash of fuel to make it to the end. Rejoining the field while still under green, Haley was able to race his way back into the top-10 before the conclusion of the race, scoring a 10th-place finish at Kansas Speedway.


Additional Notes:

–      This is Haley’s third consecutive top-10 finish, and his fourth top-10 finish of the 2018 NCWTS season.

–      With his top-10 finish at Kansas, Haley is sitting eighth in the NCWTS driver point standings.


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