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Hayley returns home for Chevrolet Silverado 250
No one would blame Cameron Hayley for getting homesick. The 19-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver resides in Sandusky, Ohio where his ThorSport Racing team is based -- 1,891.3 miles away from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Most of the tracks he races at are even farther away. Distance has not stopped Hayley from chasing his NASCAR dream. Although it's located on the opposite side of Canada, Hayley will have a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of his fellow countrymen in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) -- the NCWTS' only road course race of the season. "Not only is this a track I've been to before, it's also in my home country," said Hayley, who ranks sixth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. "I just hope that I will have a good run for all of my Canadian fans." An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers, Hayley is still searching for his first NASCAR national series win. If he takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would be the first Canadian to win a NASCAR national series race since Ron Fellows visited Victory Lane in Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008. Racing in his first full-time NCWTS season, Hayley has gained momentum lately, logging six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Pocono. He made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, finishing 11th and believes his prior experience there will help him on Sunday. "We've done really well at tracks that I've been to in the past this year, already," Hayley said. "I've been to Sonoma a couple times and that place was really difficult. You look at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and think, 'it can’t be as difficult as Sonoma ,' but it's a very fast race track, and fast race tracks are not forgiving. It takes a lot of finesse and a lot of guts to go out there and get it done. We are bringing a really good truck, so I think this will be another good race for us to go out and get a solid top five, if not a win."
Post-Race Reactions: Chevrolet Silverado 250
German Quiroga and several drivers offer up their thoughts following the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Chevrolet Silverado 250 entry list
The Camping World Truck Series returns to Canada
Nemechek edges Custer for win at Canada
RELATED: Results " Truck Series Chase Grid Bowmanville, Ontario, CANADA -- In what has quickly become tradition for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when it races north of the border, the Chevrolet Silverado 250 produced yet another wild and memorable finish. This time around at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park , John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer made contact on the last corner of the last lap and crossed the start-finish line in the grass in a virtual tie. Following a few moments of deliberations, NASCAR officials determined Nemechek won the race by 0.034 seconds. Daniel Hemric -- who was briefly shown as the winner on the official timing and scoring feed before NASCAR officials sorted out the photo finish between Nemechek and Custer -- was third, defending champion Matt Crafton finished fourth and rookie Christopher Bell came home fifth. "It was exciting to say the least. I can't thank all of my guys enough for the hard work they put into this truck," Nemechek said. Despite not leading the most laps, Nemechek's No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet proved be a strong runner, particularly in the latter stages of the race, as the second-generation NASCAR driver led 19 laps and was able to stay in touch with the front-running Custer on consecutive late-race restarts. "We had one fast truck. I didn't know how long it was going to take to get past (Spencer) Gallagher but I set him up in (Turns) 5a and 5b and was able to drive underneath him going down the backstretch. Once we got by him I had clean air and was able to drive right up to Cole," he said. As for the contact with Custer at the finish and the ensuing tussle that took place between the two on the frontstretch post-race, Nemechek chalked it up to the burning desire to win. "Cole and I, we're very competitive racers and we would have done anything in the same position to make sure we get that win," he said. For Custer, however, the result was an especially tough one to swallow. The 18-year-old Californian was a dominant force all weekend in the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet , winning the pole in record-setting fashion and leading for a total of 39 laps during the race in a bid to secure a spot in the inaugural eight-driver NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. RELATED: Custer tackles Nemechek at flag stand His anger and disappointment was palpable when he spoke with reporters afterwards. "(Nemeche) had raced me clean and just hit me in the back on the second-last corner, and that got me out of shape, got me off the line and then he hit me again in the last corner, and that just sent us into the grass and he just drove me up against the fence. "I was expecting it, kinda, because he's raced a lot of people like that but it's just a shame because it was a great chance to get into the Chase and he took it away from us," he continued. Despite the missed opportunity, Custer will have one more chance to qualify for the Chase if he can win the final race of the regular season at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 16. Nemechek was already locked in to the Chase coming into the weekend by virtue of his win at Atlanta in February.
NASCAR TV schedule: September 5-11
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area All times ET Monday, September 5 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 (re-air), FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN Tuesday, September 6 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Scan All Special: Sonoma , Daytona, Kentucky, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, September 7 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, September 8 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Friday, September 9 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 11 a.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: Greenville-Pickens Speedway (taped), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., Southern Speed: Legend of Darlington (re-air), NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 , NBCSN 10 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN Saturday, September 10 2:30 a.m., NASCAR: The List - Daytona Memories (re-air), NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS2 5 p.m., NASCAR America Saturday, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 , NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN Sunday, September 11 12:30 a.m., NASCAR The Season (re-air), NBCSN 1:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Tagliani, Jones storm Canada with blistering practice paces
RELATED: Full Practice 1 results Defending Chevrolet Silverado 250 pole winner Alex Tagliani got off to a hot start at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday, topping the opening practice session of the weekend by a landslide. Tagliani's best speed of 109.853 mph topped runner-up Erik Jones ' effort of 108.916 mph, making his way around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn course at a 1:20.584 clip. It's just Tagliani's second career start in the Camping World Truck Series, but he has experience at the Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada track in the Canadian Tire Series. Reigning champion Matt Crafton was third (108.894 mph), with Ben Kennedy (108.584 mph) and Gray Gaulding (108.509 mph) rounding out the top five. RELATED: Full Practice 2 results Tagliani again was fast in the final session, but it was Jones who topped the leaderboard with an even faster pace at 110.436 mph. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver was just off Jones' pace at 110.364 mph. Canada native Cameron Hayley was third at 110.273 mph, followed by teammate Johnny Sauter at 110.177 mph. Ben Kennedy rounded out the top five with a best speed of 110.132 mph. The practice was halted twice for drivers who ran into the tire barriers. Both Jennifer Jo Cobb and John Wes Townley were checked and released from the infield care center after their respective incidents. Tune in Sunday to see the Chevrolet Silverado 250 , when trucks hit the track for a 1:30 p.m. ET start on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM.
Jennifer Jo Cobb issued P3 penalty
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb has been fined $7,500 by the sanctioning body as a result of a rules violation Aug. 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . RELATED: NASCAR statement on No. 10 penalty Cobb, driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet , was assessed a P3 level penalty on Tuesday for having "a non-engine electronic component" in her truck. She was fined $5,000 for the infraction, as well as an additional $2,500 because she is currently on probation for a rule violation earlier this year. Cobb was involved in a two-vehicle crash during final practice for Saturday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at CTMP. After climbing from her truck, which came to rest against a tire barrier, Cobb returned to the vehicle to retrieve what appeared to be a cell phone. The incident was shown during coverage of the practice on Fox Sports 1. NASCAR banned cell phones and similar electronic devices from driver compartments in 2012 shortly after Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski tweeted a picture during a red-flag period in the season-opening Daytona 500 . The photo, which was taken after former Sprint Cup driver Juan Pablo Montoya struck a jet dryer while the race was under the caution flag, drew national attention and increased Keselowski’s Twitter following substantially. In November of that year, Keselowski was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for having a cell phone in his race car at Phoenix International Raceway . The driver, who would go on to win that year's series championship, had once again tweeted photos from his car during a red-flag stoppage. Cobb, who finished 20th in Saturday’s race, was fined $5,000 and placed on probation earlier this season for exiting her vehicle and walking onto the track before safety workers arrived on the scene at Dover International Speedway . RELATED: Cobb fined, placed on probation at Dover
Ryan Blaney wins in overtime at Bristol
RELATED: Complete race results " Updated standings BRISTOL, Tenn -- A spin with four laps to go in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway proved to be the saving grace for Brad Keselowski Racing's Ryan Blaney , who grabbed the lead on a green-white-checkered restart to win his first race of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Blaney recovered from an early race penalty for jumping a restart to find himself closing on leader Matt Crafton with five laps remaining. When Ty Dillon spun on Lap 196, it triggered the final caution of the night and the opportunity for Blaney to steal Crafton's thunder. On the final restart, Crafton's truck sputtered, failing to come up to speed, allowing Blaney to take off and seal his fourth career NCWTS victory. "It feels really good," Blaney said. "I'm proud of everyone on this No. 29 team. I've had a chance to drive this truck four times this year and we've come really, really close every single time and to finally get it to Victory Lane, my last start of the year for this truck, it really means a lot to get Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) and Brad (Keselowski, team owner) back to Victory Lane. "To do that in that fashion coming from a lap down and being able to drive through the field like that says a lot about our race team and a lot about what as an organization we can do." Keystone Light Pole Award winner Kyle Busch 's slow start allowed outside pole-sitter Blaney to steal the lead early by the exit of Turn 1, controlling the field through the first caution on Lap 31 for a spin in Turn 2. On the restart, Blaney roared away from the field, but a few laps later, NASCAR black-flagged him on Lap 37 for jumping the restart, forcing a pass-through penalty, giving the lead to Cole Custer . Busch, who restarted fifth, methodically worked his way forward and attempted to take the lead away from the young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, but Custer kept Busch at bay through the race's second caution on Lap 79 for debris in Turn 1. Busch and Johnny Sauter would trade the lead following the caution, before Custer returned to the top spot on lap 90. A more than 1.5-second lead for Custer would be erased when Ray Black Jr . and Caleb Holman crashed in Turn 4 on lap 112. With darkening skies overhead and the threat of rain approaching the World's Fastest Half-Mile, a majority of the teams elected to stay out. Despite his best efforts, Crafton tried to snatch the lead away from the JR Motorsports driver, but to no avail. Custer slowly saw Crafton become a diminishing factor in his rear-view mirror until he hit heavy lap traffic with 50 laps remaining. That's when Spencer Gallagher spun in Turns 3 and 4, and Custer found himself trapped in the high-line and collided with Gallagher. Heavy front-end damage sent the No. 00 Chevrolet to pit road for repairs, eliminating the NASCAR Next driver from competition. As the accident happened, Crafton slipped by on the inside and took the lead -- which he held until the green-white-checkered restart that lost him the race. While under yellow for the fourth time of the night, heavy rain began to fall, causing a red flag for 45 minutes, 50 seconds while the track was dried. Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the Aug. 30 race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the third-annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 . Blaney is the defending champion. MORE: Nemechek gets career-best finish
Alex Tagliani wins pole at Canada
RELATED: Full lineup for Sunday's race Wheeling the No. 29 BK Racing Ford at 110.539 mph in a second-lap attempt, road course veteran Alex Tagliani earned the Keystone Light Pole Award at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Saturday's two-round qualifying session. The Quebec native and road course veteran shattered the previous track record with a 80.084-second lap around the track. This marks Tagliani's first Camping World Truck Series start of 2015 and his second consecutive pole win in this event. Tagliani's late run took the top spot away from Erik Jones , who settled for second with a fastest lap of 110.492 mph in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Reigning series champion Matt Crafton (110.113 mph), BKR's Tyler Reddick (110.002 mph) and JR Motorsports' Cole Custer (109.777 mph) rounded out the top five. Reddick led the first round, propelling his No. 19 Ford at 110.276 mph, while teammate Tagliani drafted with him. Robert Mitten brought out the red flag in the first round of qualifying when he smacked the tire wall off Turn 8, leaving his No. 53 Dodge nearly vertical. Mitten climbed out unharmed and ultimately secured a 22nd-place starting position. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back on track Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 (FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM).
Erik Jones wins Truck Series thriller at Canada
RELATED: Race results from Canada " Updated series standings BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Two weeks ago in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , Alex Tagliani got turned out of the lead by Regan Smith and lost his shot at a win. Today in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park , Tagliani had a chance to be the one doing the turning. Heading into Turn 5B on the final lap, Tagliani says he was in a position to push Erik Jones aside and claim victory for himself. But he didn't. Instead, Tagliani held back as Jones cruised to his second win of the season and vaulted to the top of the NCWTS point standings. "If I would have stayed where I was he would have been gone in (Turn) 5B," Tagliani said. "I don't drive that way. I just want to continue the trend." Tagliani thought he would have time to take one more clean shot at Jones through the final series of turns, but a broken third gear took that chance away. "It shredded completely," he said. "It was pretty much good all race. I felt a couple of times it was kind of scratchy on the downshift, but no sign it was going to be bad. As soon as I put third gear on the back straight, it just went. "I put it in fourth and it just kind of limped all the way back home." The 19-year-old Jones felt the pressure from veteran road course racer Tagliani down the stretch, but maintained his concentration to become the first driver to lead the entire last lap of a NCWTS race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . "It was a blast," Jones said of the race. "It was nerve-wracking. It's a little intense when you’ve got a guy like that running you down for 15 laps." It turned out that Jones and Tagliani had shared a parade truck before the race and had a philosophical discussion about racing with respect. Tagliani told Jones he knew he was in a heated points battle and that Jones didn’t have to worry about him trying the same thing Smith had done to him at Mid-Ohio. "We had a pretty long talk about racing people the way you want to be raced," Jones said. "I’ve never been one to want to move somebody to win a race, and he hasn't, either. It's nice to see that respect, especially from a veteran like that to me. "It's not something he had to do. It means a lot to me that he did." Jones worked hard to improve his road course craft coming into this weekend. Time spent at a pair of driving schools paid off, as did a strong effort by the team to improve their truck. "We had a good truck last year, and we were able to do some improving on our Tundra to get it to where it needed to be for this year," Jones said. "I was able to improve on myself and fix some of my mistakes this year as well and get a little bit better." Matt Crafton finished in second place, which keeps him second in the point standings behind Jones, who now holds a three-point advantage. Tyler Reddick , the standings leader entering the race, placed 19th and is now third (15 points behind Jones) in the championship hunt. Ben Kennedy , Daniel Hemric , and Tagliani rounded out the top five in Sunday's race. Cole Custer mounted one of the strongest challenges to Jones in the late going, but contact between he and Tagliani took him out of the running with 11 laps to go. He ended up in 10th.