Justin Haley takes dramatic maiden Truck win at Gateway

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Justin Haley takes dramatic maiden Truck win at Gateway
Tim Southers
By: Tim Southers
Jun 24, 2018, 3:40 AM

GMS Racing's Justin Haley led just seven laps en route to his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, surviving a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Justin Haley, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado Fraternal Order Of Eagles
Justin Haley, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado Fraternal Order Of Eagles
Justin Haley, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado Fraternal Order Of Eagles
Johnny Sauter, GMS Racing, Chevrolet Silverado ISM Connect
Noah Gragson, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Safelite AutoGlass
Todd Gilliland, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Royal Canin

The victory came in Haley's in 37th career start, making him the seventh different winner this season. Additionally, he now qualifies for the CWTS Playoffs.

"Yeah man, I've been dreaming of this as a little kid," he said in Victory Lane. "Every time you start to doubt yourself, you get into situations like this.

"This is amazing. I raced my heart out. That's what I've raced for my whole life.

"Its been an incredible experience."

Stage 1

Grant Enfinger led the field from the green flag from pole position, the second of his career and first since 2016. He went on to led all 35 laps in the opening stage.

Enfinger took the green and white checkered flag under caution after holding off Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes, Noah Gragson in the first stint of the race.

The yellow was needed after Dalton Sargeant and Todd Gilliland made contact racing for position on Lap 30, causing Sargeant to cut a tire that ended with him in the outside wall. 

But the first caution of the race came a bit earlier when Jordan Anderson slowed on the track and had to be pushed back to the pits.

Gragson followed Enfinger in second at the end of the stage with Crafton third and defending race winner John Hunter Nemechek fourth. Justin Haley completed the top five.

Finishing sixth through tenth was last week’s winner Brett Moffitt, then Eckes, Jesse Little, Johnny Sauter and Stewart Friesen.

Stage 2

Eckes might be the youngest driver in the field at just 17, but he showed the poise of a veteran in the second stage at Gateway, coming out of the pits in the lead and pacing the field every lap to win the segment in just his second CWTS start.

Just like Stage 1, the second stage ended under caution after Crafton slowed on the track and failed to make it back to the pits with a dead battery.

Before the caution, Eckes, driving the No. 46 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, built his lead close to two seconds before the caution flag bunched up the field.

Sauter finished second with Gilliland, Gragson and Moffitt completing the top five. Nemechek was sixth with Little and Stage 1 winner Enfinger seventh and eighth, respectively. Friesen and Justin Haley rounded out the top 10.

Stage 3

Just like he did last week at Iowa Speedway, Moffitt was leading the field in the final stage and was battling Gragson for the top spot when he and all the lead-lap trucks pitted after contact between contenders Friesen and Sauter brought out the fifth caution of the race.

During the pit stops, Moffitt’s team had trouble fueling the truck and after having to make an additional pit stop, he fell back to 19th-place for the restart.

Gragson led Nemechek to the green flag to start the final stage and cruised away until the sixth caution of the race, which came when Nemechek droppedfluid on the track, collecting Justin Fontaine and Tate Fogleman -- both of whom lost control after hitting the fluid.

After a lengthy caution period and red flg for clean up, Gragson remained out front, but there was plenty of action behind him. Moffitt, who battled all the way up to fifth, spun and hit the wall after contact with Ben Rhodes with 28 laps to go.

The first of two late cautions tightened the field up once again to set up a seven-lap shootout. Gragson got shuffled back on the restart with Haley shooting out to the lead before the ninth and final caution of the race set up a two-lap sprint to the finish.

Haley got another strong restart as Sauter and Moffitt made contact in Turn 1. Moffitt spun and fell back, but the race remained green. 

Moffitt was able to fend off both Gilliland and Sauter, who finished second and third, respectively. Myatt Snider was fourth and Zane Smith finished fifth in his debut.

Chad Finley finished a very impressive sixth with Little seventh and Herbst eighth. Cody Coughlin came home ninth and Gragson rebounded to tenth.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeLaps LedRetirementPoints
1 24 united_states Justin Haley  Chevrolet 160   7   47
2 4 united_states Todd Gilliland  Toyota 160 0.753 1   43
3 21 united_states Johnny Sauter  Chevrolet 160 0.977     45
4 13 united_states Myatt Snider  Ford 160 1.810     33
5 54 Zane Smith  Toyota 160 2.555     32
6 42 united_states Chad Finley  Chevrolet 160 3.173     31
7 97 united_states Jesse Little  Ford 160 3.207     37
8 51 Riley Herbst  Toyota 160 3.549     29
9 2 united_states Cody Coughlin  Chevrolet 160 3.701     28
10 18 united_states Noah Gragson  Toyota 160 3.946 63   43
11 02 united_states Austin Hill  Chevrolet 160 4.971     26
12 63 united_states Kevin Donahue  Chevrolet 160 5.177     25
13 52 united_states Stewart Friesen  Chevrolet 160 5.864     27
14 16 united_states Brett Moffitt  Toyota 160 7.875 18   34
15 49 united_states Wendell Chavous  Chevrolet 160 7.884     22
16 22 united_states Austin Wayne Self  Chevrolet 160 8.296     21
17 83 Tyler Matthews  Chevrolet 160 12.129     20
18 33 united_states Josh Reaume  Chevrolet 159 1 lap     19
19 41 united_states Ben Rhodes  Ford 157 3 laps     18
20 88 united_states Matt Crafton  Ford 156 4 laps     25
21 98 united_states Grant Enfinger  Ford 153 7 laps 36   29
22 10 united_states Jennifer Jo Cobb  Chevrolet 148 12 laps     15
23 3 united_states Jordan Anderson  Chevrolet 144 16 laps     14
24 6 united_states Norm Benning  Chevrolet 121 39 laps   Clutch 13
25 8 united_states John Hunter Nemechek  Chevrolet 113 47 laps 1 Oil leak  
26 45 united_states Justin Fontaine  Chevrolet 113 47 laps   Accident 11
27 20 Tate Fogleman  Chevrolet 113 47 laps   Accident 10
28 46 united_states Christian Eckes  Toyota 76 84 laps 34 Accident 23
29 50 united_states Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 43 117 laps   Vibration  
30 25 united_states Dalton Sargeant  Chevrolet 31 129 laps   Accident 7
31 15 Bryant Barnhill  Chevrolet 5 155 laps   Engine 6
32 87 united_states Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet 0     Electrical 5

 

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Series NASCAR Truck
Event Gateway
Location Gateway Motorsports Park
Drivers Justin Haley
Teams GMS Racing
Author Tim Southers
Article type Race report