Monday, August 27, 2018

Trackin’ Trucks: Justin Haley Wins at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Credit: Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs

by Courtney Horn

Justin Haley earned his second win of the season on Sunday in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada.

Haley led just two laps on Sunday, before clinching a spot in the next round of the playoffs with his victory.
Haley was running third when race leader Todd Gilliland and Noah Gragson were fighting for position. The No. 18 Toyota of Gragson went into the final corner at Gilliland’s door before making contact, which resulted in both drivers spinning out.

That paved the way for Haley to squeeze by unharmed to earn the first ticket to the next round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.

“We were just in the right place at the right time,” Haley said. “I can’t thank everyone at GMS Racing enough; it was a truly blessed day.”
Gilliland had a different perspective of the day. He vividly expressed his thoughts on his run-in with his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate.

“I should have never let him get to me,” Gilliland said. “We should have given him the inside. We had the fastest truck and we didn’t win again. I’d go fight him right now, but I can’t.”
Gragson took full responsibility of the incident and apologized to his teammate as well as the organization that he drives for.

 “I apologize to Todd, the No. 4 team and everyone at KBM,” Gragson said after the race. “I was expecting a little more room on the bottom and we made contact. Again I want to apologize to everyone on that 4 team, that was on me.”
John Hunter Nemechek finished second after being involved in a wreck on Lap 49. Brett Moffitt finished third, followed by Timothy Peters and Matt Crafton.

Stewart Friesen finished seventh after an eventful afternoon in Canada. The Halmar-Friesen Racing driver was a lone spinner in the early laps of Stage 1, but Friesen was able to continue without damage to his No. 52 Chevrolet.  

However, he was involved in a multi-truck incident with Nemechek and the No. 22 of Austin Wayne Self. Self finished in the 21st position, the last truck on the lead lap.
A Look Ahead (Into The Playoffs)
The Camping World Truck Series have the next two weeks off before they return to Las Vegas on Friday, September 14th for the World of Westgate 200.

Brett Moffitt sits second in the Playoff standings, just six points behind points leader Johnny Sauter.
Friesen and ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton are tied for fifth, with 2,047 points to their credit.

Sauter finished second to Kyle Busch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. Can he seal the deal this time to clinch his way into the Round of 6?
Find out on September 14, 2018 at 9 PM/ET on Fox Sports 1.  

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