Justin Haley: Charlotte Was A Tough One To Swallow

Justin Haley
JUSTIN HALEY

No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado 

 

Start: 11th

Finish: 14th

Points: 8th

 

Stage One: After rain canceled NCWTS qualifying Friday afternoon, Haley lined up 11th for the start of the NC Education 200 at Charlotte later that night. Fighting a Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy that was a little tight, crew chief Kevin Belicourt made the call to bring the No. 24 down pit road on lap 22 under the first caution of the race for four tires, fuel, and slight adjustments. After a great pit stop by the Fraternal Order of Eagles team, Haley restarted sixth for the four-lap shootout to the end of Stage One. Haley was able to jump up to the second position on the restart, and he maintained that position until the end of Stage One. Electing not to pit under the stage break, Haley lined up second for the start of Stage Two on lap 38.

 

Stage Two: Running within the top-five for almost the entirety of Stage Two, Haley reported that his Chevrolet Silverado was still on the snug side. However, as the run progressed, Haley relayed to the team that his handling changed severely in the last 10 laps of the stage as his tires began to wear. Holding on until the end of Stage Two on tires older than the trucks he was racing, Haley scored an eighth-place finish in Stage Two. Under the caution, Haley came to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment before rejoining the field and lining up seventh for the start of the Final Stage.

 

Final Stage: With another great restart, Haley jumped up to fourth on lap 68 and maintained that position until the caution on lap 82. Still fighting tight conditions with his Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy, Haley came to the attention of his team for four tires, fuel, and another air pressure adjustment. However, issues with the right rear during the pit stop relegated Haley to the 12th position for the restart. Haley made quick work to make it back into the top-five, using a couple restarts to his advantage after quick cautions. With the final restart coming on lap 125, with just 10 laps to go, Haley lined up second alongside teammate Johnny Sauter. With the No. 24 still on the tight-side, Haley battled hard to maintain his position. However, contact from the No. 16 sent the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy up the track in the closing laps. Making a remarkable save to not hit the wall, Haley held on to the No. 24 but lost track position that he was unable to make up with only a couple of laps remaining, ultimately finishing in the 14th position.

 

Additional Notes:

–      After his top-15 finish at Charlotte, Haley is sitting eighth in the NCWTS driver point standings but has cut the deficit to one point behind seventh.

 

Quote: 
“Tonight is a tough one to swallow. I can’t thank my Fraternal Order of Eagle guys enough. They worked hard to bring us a good truck to Charlotte and we were looking to have another solid top-five night. Unfortunately, the result doesn’t reflect that, that’s racing though. You can pick who you race for, but not who you race against. I have no doubt though that my guys will go back to the shop and build us an even stronger truck for Texas in a couple weeks.”

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

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