J. WALLY NESBITT Special To The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: A busy month of motorsports is just beginning for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, with both amateur and professional two and four-wheel action on the calendar, culminating with the sole Canadian appearance of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the Labour Day weekend.
Fronting the three-day schedule is the feature event; the Chevrolet Silverado 250, Round 15 of 23 for the NASCAR trucks; with the supporting event, the Canadian-based NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
Although receiving limited media coverage north of the border, the NASCAR Trucks series have provided some amazing competition, for the up-and-coming stock car racers, and incredible entertainment for the fans.
The surprise of the season has come, courtesy of Kyle Busch Motorsports rookie William Byron.
The 18 year-old driver, of the No. 9 KBM Toyota, has secured three pole positions and recorded five victories in just 12 race starts, with wins coming on the ovals at Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Kentucky and most recently, Pocono. Byron will have two more races, at Bristol and Michigan Speedways, to extend his point lead before the Charlotte, NC-resident challenges the 10-turn CTMP road course.
Chasing the rookie, in the point standings is two-time champion, Matt Crafton. Aboard his No. 88 ThorSport Tundra, Crafton has two wins and nine top-10 finishes, to his credit this season.
Completing the top five in the standings (as of August 1) are Daniel Hemric (No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing) and Red Horse Racing’s Timothy Peters (No. 17), who are tied for third spot, with Johnny Sauter (No. 21 GMS Racing), riding a one race win to fifth place.
When the Camping World Truck series rolls into the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park venue, most eyes will be focused on 20 year-old, Calgary-born, Cameron Hayley and his No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley ThorSport Toyota.
Currently sitting in eighth spot in the rankings, Hayley is coming off of three strong finishes, scoring a sixth place result in Kentucky, a seventh on the dirt of Eldora Speedway and a career-best runner-up finish on the Tricky Triangle of Pocono Speedway.
In the 2015 edition of the Chevrolet Silverado 250, Hayley was credited with a seventh place finish, a result not indicative of his performance, in a race where the Albertan led 13 of the scheduled 64 laps. A slow, late race pit stop cost Hayley track position, a problem that has apparently been remedied this season.
The Chevrolet Silverado 250, the penultimate round before the NCWTS Chase for the Championship, is set to be flagged away at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Other races on the Labour Day weekend spectacle include; the Can Am 200, the tenth race of 12 on the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series calendar; plus doubleheader appearances for the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and the Nissan Micra Cup.
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