The 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season did not start as hoped for Calgary's Cameron Hayley.
The driver from Calgary, Alberta was caught up in a lap 94 accident in Daytona, a crash that resulted in a premature end to his race in the NextEra Enerfy Resources 250 at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.
Cameron Hayley, who was behind the wheel of the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra, posted the 14th fastest time in the two round, single-truck qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Starting from the 14th position, Hayley led the 32-truck field twice for four laps (64-66 and 83) of the 100-lap event.
Crew chief Eddie Troconis brought the No. 13 truck to pit road at lap 13 for fuel only, lap 42 for four tires and fuel, and lap 67 for right side tires and fuel.
Hayley received a pit road violation at lap 41 for speeding on exit, which forced him to the tail end of the longest line.
Working his way back through the pack, Hayley reported a vibration just passed the halfway mark in the 100-lap event, but went on to lead the field for the first time in 2016 at lap 64.
Running in the third position, Hayley got a push from behind, which sent him into teammate Matt Crafton, causing an 18-truck pile-up with only six laps remaining in the 100-lap event, and ultimately brought out the red flag.
Extensive damage to the No. 13 Toyota Tundra would credit Hayley with a 25th-place finish, eight laps down to race winner Johnny Sauter.
"Our Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra was really amazing tonight. We could get up to the front and stay there all night. It's hard racing here (Daytona),” said Hayley. “We just caught bumpers the wrong way. (Timothy) Peters got into the back of me, and just tight racing. It's so hard there at the end when you're bumping into each other and trying to hold a pretty wheel. I guess that's Daytona, but it just sucks for all my guys that work so hard."
Adapted from the press release