– This weekend at ISM Raceway, the No. 24 team will unload chassis No. 314, one of the best in their GMS Fabrication fleet. Justin Haley has raced this chassis two previous times in 2018, first at Gateway Motorsports Park where he qualified fourth and captured his first career NCWTS win. He later ran chassis No. 314 at Pocono Raceway where he qualified third and raced to a fifth-place finish.
– With his win at Texas Motor Speedway, Haley has locked himself into the Championship Four of the NASCAR Playoffs to run for an NCWTS championship in Homestead with GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter.
“The new track configuration and pit road at ISM Raceway is pretty insane now. I was in the Chevy simulator a couple weeks ago prepping for this weekend’s race at Phoenix. I did the first five laps, came in and was giving the engineers feedback on the truck. After a few minutes, the engineers told me that my feedback didn’t match up with the data they had pulled. They had to remind me that Turns One and Two were the new Turns Three and Four, and vice versa. You don’t think about that kind of stuff in the truck though. I’ve already talked with my crew chief, Kevin Bellicourt, and we’re going to reference them as big corner and little corner so there is no confusion throughout the day. I think that aspect is going to be a big unknown though for everyone, especially on restarts and how aggressive you can really be. No one knows what exactly to expect.
“The good news is the actual track didn’t change at all, just the start-finish line moving. We brought a really fast Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy to Phoenix last year and hopefully this year we will have the same speed when we unload.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!