NASCARNASCAR Xfinity SeriesHaley scores top-10 finish at COTA after being sidelined at Dover

Haley scores top-10 finish at COTA after being sidelined at Dover

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

One week after he was sidelined, Justin Haley returned to the NASCAR Xfinity Series winning a Stage and scoring a top-10 finish.

Haley missed the race at Dover International Speedway last weekend due to COVID-19 protocols. The Kaulig Racing driver did not have the virus. However, he was exposed to someone who did have COVID-19. As a result, Zane Smith filled in for Haley. NASCAR granted the 22-year-old a waiver for the playoffs.

Missing Dover forced Haley and his Kaulig Racing team to change strategy moving forward. They place an emphasis on earning Stage points. When everyone in front of Haley pitted at the end of Stage 2 in the Pit Boss 250, he stayed on track. The strategy call earned the Winamac, IN native the Stage win and an additional 10-points.

Haley was mired deep in the field at the start of the final Stage at Circuit of the Americas. Haley spent several laps stuck behind Myatt Snider and Riley Herbst. He snuck by the duo, following NASCAR Cup Series driver Cole Custer through. When the checkered flag waved, the No. 11 Leaf Filter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro SS was ninth.

The Xfinity Series driver explained the strategy and his plan for the rest of the regular season on Twitter.

“Good points day, that’s our plan now after last week,” explained Haley. “We need stage wins for later in the year. Restarted deep for the last stage and had top three speed for most of it. Just too much traffic. Solid ninth. Thanks Kaulig Racing.”

Haley qualified sixth in the rain. He was among several that pitted during a late caution in Stage 1. Despite a one lap shootout to finish the Stage, he could not get back inside the top-10.

The ninth-place finish is the seventh top-10 finish for Haley this season and 48th of his Xfinity Series career. It’s his 81st career top-10 finish across NASCAR’s National Series.

The top-10 finish moved Haley up from eighth to seventh in the points standings. He is 62-points above the playoff cutoff held by Brandon Jones. Haley is 141-points behind leader Austin Cindric.

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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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