LAS VEGAS, Nev — For the second straight week, NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Justin Haley captured a top-10, finishing Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 in tenth.
Despite the positive result, the 19-year-old described the afternoon as a difficult one.
While his No. 11 Leaf Filter Gutter Protection Chevrolet was able to hang around the top-10 for most of the Boyd Gaming 300, as he placed ninth and 11th in the pair of stages to earn just a single point. However, Haley suffered a setback in the late in the race, having to make an unscheduled pitstop for a flat tire, losing a lap in the process.
Fortunately for him, he would be saved by late race attrition, that not only allowed him to take the wave around but also work his way back into the top-10.
“Well, it was our worst day out of all the races, so we just got to just keep getting better,” Haley told POPULAR SPEED. “Obviously, me trying to figure out what I need out of the car and examining it, obviously a learning day. Having that tire go down, put us a few laps down, we couldn’t rebound.”
With the result, the Indiana-native sets himself in nice company as one of just 11 drivers to earn two top-10’s in the season, a stat made the more impressive when considering it is only Haley’s third race with Kaulig Racing.
Now the rookie set on moving up the scoring pylon as the season continues.
“Just going to need a little luck, and just be a little better to be up there in the top-five,” Ha
Through three races, Haley sits 12th in the standings, 50 points behind Christopher Bell, who is the leader.
Up next on the schedule is ISM Raceway, where the No. 11 team will look to build momentum at a track where Haley has seen success before, scoring his first top-10 in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series back in 2015.
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