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."
RELATED: Junior wants to race in the rain The extended weather forecast for Watkins Glen shows only a slight chance of rain for this weekend’s Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). But NASCAR officials are prepared to conduct Sunday’s race should inclement weather become an issue. The same holds true for Saturday's Zippo 200 XFINITY Series race (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), also slated for Watkins Glen. Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer for NASCAR, told NASCAR.com Monday that should there be rain on Sunday, "the same rules will apply that we've had in the XFINITY Series." In other words, yes, they're prepared to run the Sprint Cup race in the rain. Three XFINITY Series races have been contested in wet conditions – in 2008 and '09 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal) and last year at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin). Goodyear will have an ample supply of rain tires on hand this weekend and teams will be required to install a functional windshield wiper motor, defogger and rear window flashing light for this weekend’s races. The light must be activated during all wet weather conditions, and must be located in the upper left corner inside the rear window. "We've also got Air Titans that we can deploy if there is ... excess water in certain areas," O’Donnell said. Per the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rulebook, under "wet" conditions, cars will line up on the starting grid under a normal "dry" equipment configuration. After a single pace lap, cars will return to pit road to their assigned pit stalls where crewmembers will install rain tires and a front windshield wiper or wipers. The rear flashing light must also be activated at this time. No further adjustments or refueling of the car will be allowed during the stop. Cars will return to the track in their original starting positions behind the pace car to complete the pace laps. Teams can't change to "dry" weather tires until taking the green flag following the start of the event. RACE CENTER EXTRA: How Watkins Glen's unique pit road impacts teams For "damp" conditions: If there is moisture only in certain areas of the track, the start of the race would be similar to those for "wet" conditions, however when pitting after the first pace lap, teams will have the option to install the rain tires, defogger and windshield wiper or wipers. Activation of the rear flashing light is mandatory under both "wet" and "damp" conditions prior to the race start. Once again, the cars will re-enter the track in their original starting position to complete the remaining pace laps. Should a team or teams opt not to change tires during the designated "damp” conditions pit stop, but pit during one of the remaining pace laps, the team or teams will start at the rear of the field in the order in which they return to the track. Sprint Cup Series managing director director Richard Buck will make the determination of track conditions (wet, damp or dry). Finally, if one or more laps are completed under normal dry conditions then rain arrives, NASCAR will display the yellow flag, putting the race under caution. Once pit road has been opened, teams may pit and change tires, install "wet" weather equipment and perform any additional services permitted. They also have the option of remaining on the track, should they so choose. Tire Build for the Glen Unchanged Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams will run the same Goodyear tire code at Watkins Glen. It is same build that teams have run there since 2013. XFINITY Series teams also ran the tire at Road America last year. The "wet" weather tire, should it be needed, for both series is the same build as that which was also run at Road America in '14. After the Fact Two of the 32 penalties issued Sunday at Pocono Raceway were assessed after the completion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) both incurred pit road speeding penalties after each driver ran out of gas in the closing laps of the Windows 10 400 . Both Truex (19th) and Logano (20th) finished on the lead lap.
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RELATED: Complete schedule for Dover weekend As drivers and teams prepare for this weekend's elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , they're also bracing for the effects of Hurricane Joaquin as it churns toward the Eastern United States. The storm, rated as a Category 4 hurricane as of 5 a.m. ET Friday, threatens to bring damaging winds, torrential rain and possible flooding to the Mid-Atlantic area and Dover International Speedway , site of this weekend's AAA 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Races for NASCAR's XFINITY Series and the K&N Pro Series East developmental circuit are also on the schedule. Haulers for both national series were scheduled to load into the 1-mile Delaware track Thursday afternoon, but a hauler parade scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET was canceled. Despite the threatening forecast, a NASCAR spokesperson said Thursday morning that series officials would be flexible with any changes in weather conditions. "NASCAR will continue to work closely with Dover International Speedway and monitor the weather for the weekend," the spokesperson said. "At this time, all schedules remain intact." The Dover track, approximately seven miles inland from the Delaware Bay, is among several areas in the state under a coastal flood watch that remains in effect through Sunday. The National Weather Service has predicted gusty winds and major rainfall amounts -- between 5-7 inches over the next five days -- for the Mid-Atlantic area, even if Joaquin's center fails to make landfall. A statement made by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday said that Joaquin's path was uncertain to predict, but that "it is reasonably sure that the tropical system will have an impact of some kind on Delaware over the weekend. It is too early to tell exactly what that impact will be." A tripleheader of racing makes this weekend an especially busy one for the Dover track. Besides staging the third event of the 10-race Chase on Sunday, the Monster Mile will also host the XFINITY Series' Hisense 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) and the season-ending Drive Sober 125 presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for the K&N Pro Series East. The track said in a Thursday release that it was "full steam ahead" with preparations for the race weekend. "We work closely with NASCAR, the National Weather Service and our on-site meteorologist to monitor weather during our major events," a track spokesperson said in the release. "We are currently tracking this weekend's weather and will update fans via social media, and our website, as information becomes available." The last time a tropical disturbance dramatically altered a race weekend schedule was in September 2008, when Tropical Storm Hanna and a declared state of emergency in Virginia postponed two days of on-track activity at Richmond International Raceway , forcing a rare Sprint Cup - XFINITY Series doubleheader on a Sunday. NASCAR officials worked with the track, opting to postpone all events early in the interest of safety for campers and other fans. The decision also weighed that law enforcement officials normally involved in security and traffic management at the race track should be dedicated to disaster relief at the height of the storm.
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Chase Across North America includes Newman, Logano, Gordon RELATED: Chase Across North America stops announced It's playoff season in NASCAR with the 16-car field officially set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . On Tuesday, the Chase Across North America media tour began with drivers making the rounds across the country. Drivers are building the hype before the first Chase race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). See where some of the sport's biggest stars have visited: Day One: Kyle Busch , with his No. 18 JGR Toyota, was caught outside the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. "Rowdy" swapped his racing attire for a business suit and talked all things NASCAR, and he even made some fantasy football picks. BRISTOL: @KyleBusch and his No. 18 ride are ready for their upcoming @SportsCenter visit this AM! #TheChase pic.twitter.com/9EiAOkfkoc — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 15, 2015 Brad Keselowski , too, had quite the eventful day with his press circuit in Chicago, the home of the first Chase race. Keselowski got some helpful tips on how to eat a real Chicago hot dog. Hint: It's all in the sauce. CHICAGO: Locals give @keselowski the 411 on one very important element of a true Chicago-style hot dog.. NO ketchup! https://t.co/1ycJxzOvhF — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 15, 2015 Dover got a special treat on Tuesday with an appearance from Ryan Newman . Newman spent his day at Fred Fifer Middle School for a pep rally. Check out Newman's periscope where he recorded the whole thing. DOVER: @RyanJNewman gets pumped for #TheChase at a Fred Fifer Middle School pep rally. pic.twitter.com/rMoChb2EUP — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 15, 2015 Joey Logano is just like us, he eats Dominos on the (private) plane. On his way home from his media day in New Hampshire, the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford decided to carb up after a long day of press. Heading back home from today's Chase media tour in NH. Time for some @dominos ! #ChaseHappiness #TeamJL pic.twitter.com/gL1SKw3jZm — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) September 15, 2015 In his first Chase appearance, Paul Menard is busier than ever. On Tuesday he was in Martinsville, Virginia. The Twitter-less Menard tweeted for the first time (on Martinsville Speedway 's account), got a key to the city, had a parade in his honor and was awarded with his very own holiday (Sept. 15 is now officially Paul Menard Day). A Parade for Paul! @RCR27PMenard #TheChase @NASCAR pic.twitter.com/3zU1MfuKti — Martinsville Spdway (@MartinsvilleSwy) September 15, 2015 Denny Hamlin has a lot on his mind not only with Chase-related pressures, but he will be at a disadvantage amongst his competition thanks to a torn ACL (though he says it will not affect his racing performance ). This, however, did not slow him down during his fun-filled day at Homestead-Miami (Ft. Lauderdale) where he cruised in a solar-powered car built by high school students. HOMESTEAD-MIAMI: @dennyhamlin cruises in a solar-powered car! Fun: It was built by Western High School (Davie). https://t.co/ZlbzfF91oU — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 15, 2015 Day Two: NASCAR's biggest star took his media tour to America's biggest city. Jeff Gordon 's pit stop in the Big Apple started early Wednesday morning on "Good Morning America" with an interview with Robin Roberts. Fans flocked to the ABC studios to catch a glimpse of the driver of the legendary No. 24 Chevrolet as he enters his final Chase season. Day begins with stop @GMA . @JeffGordonWeb fans out to greet him. #TheChase pic.twitter.com/6MWBLCgFVl — Jon Edwards (@JonEdwards24) September 16, 2015 NYC: @JeffGordonWeb visits the fine folks at @GMA as #TheChase Across North America continues. pic.twitter.com/wyn9rVipgp — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 16, 2015 Dale Earnhardt Jr . touched down in Los Angeles and found himself in the company of one of Boston's finest. Safe to say, Jr. is making some famous friends during his whirlwind media tour. Just spent a quick minute with @mark_wahlberg to shoot a piece for @WahlburgersAE . Big fan of his work. Pretty badass start to the day. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 16, 2015 #TheChase pic.twitter.com/FUFtPxMVld — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 16, 2015 This story will be updated.
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, Sept. 21 6 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, Sept. 22 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, Sept. 23 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, Sept. 24 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 7 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour: South Boston (tape), NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, Sept. 25 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN Noon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., 1979 Daytona 500 (re-air), FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN Saturday, Sept. 26 9 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, CNBC 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 , FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), NBCSN 7:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 8 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 , NBCSN Sunday, Sept. 27 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge - Circuit of the Americas (tape), FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 , NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 12:30 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 &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;