NASCARJustin Haley Sets Single Day NASCAR Mileage Record

Justin Haley Sets Single Day NASCAR Mileage Record

By Seth Eggert, Associate Editor

CONCORD, N.C. – Mother nature set up an unprecedented doubleheader for the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series. In the 900-mile marathon, only two drivers took on the challenge of both events with Justin Haley setting a new record for the most miles completed in a single day on Monday.

An unprecedented doubleheader at charlotte motor speedway allowed justin haley to set a new single day mileage record in nascar history.
Justin Haley (10) and Parker Retzlaff (31). (Photo by NKP / NKP Photo)

Haley wasn’t initially scheduled to compete in the Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300. The 24-year-old became the substitute driver for Kyle Busch. The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion backed out having not trained for a 900-mile marathon.

Persistent rain on Saturday and Sunday pushed the Alsco Uniforms 300 and the Coca-Cola 600 to Memorial Day. Complicating matters for Haley were stray showers and mist causing mid-race delays in both the Cup and Xfinity races.

In the Cup race, Haley worked his way into the top-10 before a late-race caution. Like his Kaulig Racing teammate A.J. Allmendinger, he slipped down the running order in the chaotic three and four-wide restarts. Haley finished 15th, on the lead lap in the No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, completing all 600 miles.

“We fired off tight today, but the No. 31 team made some great adjustments and had good pit stops,” Haley admitted after the Coca-Cola 600. “We made it as high as eighth and thought we would get a top-10 there but just got shuffled at the end. A top-15 is not a bad day, but our car was by far the best car we’ve had all year. We made some major gains today as a team.”

An unprecedented doubleheader at charlotte motor speedway allowed justin haley to set a new single day mileage record in nascar history.
Justin Haley (31) and Daniel Suarez (99). (Photo by NKP / NKP Photo)

For both races Haley had zero laps throughout the weekend prior to the green flag. Rain washed out practice and qualifying for the Cup Series. Busch had practiced and qualified the No. 10 LA Golf Chevrolet Camaro SS fourth, expecting to be behind the wheel prior to the race being postponed.

As a result, Haley had to start the Xfinity race from the rear. Before the competition caution, he had climbed into the top-20. Though he struggled with a car setup for another driver, Haley adapted as best he could. He moved into the top-10 in the final Stage of the Alsco Uniforms 300. Unable to make it on fuel, Haley pitted with under 20 laps to go, and finished one lap down, completing 298.5 miles.

Haley took to Twitter after the Xfinity race to express his thoughts.

“I wish I could’ve been better for everyone (at) Kaulig Racing today,” Haley wrote. “Cup car had good speed but didn’t get the finish we deserved, the Xfinity car was good, I just took to long to adapt and put us behind. Thank you to the fans for sticking the rain out and making this sport what it is.”

With the Alsco Uniforms 300 and Coca-Cola 600 combining to create NASCAR’s first 900-mile doubleheader, the 898.5 combined miles that Haley completed is a new record. The record, 851.2 combined miles was previously held by Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. Haley solely holds the record as Ty Gibbs finished two laps down in the Cup race, completing 897 combined miles.

Unless weather forces another 900-mile doubleheader, or longer, Haley’s record might be one that may not be matched or bettered.

Next for Haley is the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Sunday, June 4. He has just one Cup start at the Madison, IL track with a 14th-place finish. Haley also has three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at Gateway with one victory and two top-five finishes.

The Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4 on Fox Sports 1. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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