By KEVIN JACOBS
In his first year running full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Cameron Hayley sits firmly in seventh for the championship and is competing for Sunoco Rookie the Year, five races into the 2015 season. The Canadian-born driver has demonstrated his talents through his consistency and natural ability to adapt to new tracks having accomplished a season-high fifth place at Kansas Speedway. Hayley was selected to the NASCAR Next class in 2013 and is supporting that selection with a terrific performance in his first year in the NCWTS at the age of 18. AutoRacingDaily.com got in contact with Hayley to answer some questions for the site and its readers to get to know the driver of the No.13 Toyota Tundra.
How much coverage is there for the Camping World Truck Series in Canada?
“Right now there is no coverage in Canada at all for the Truck Series. All the TV Providers in Canada have cut Fox Sports 1 from their channel list, which is the only channel to watch the racing. Many of my fans are upset about this and it makes it really difficult for me to get my name out there in Canada.”
What’s your favorite type of track to race on?
“My favorite type of track to race on is a short track. I grew up racing on them, and I think they are the most entertaining to watch as well as the most fun type of track to drive.”
Who were some of the NASCAR drivers you followed growing up?
“The main driver I followed growing up was always Jeff Gordon. I admire everything he has done as a driver and hope to be as great as he is one day. It’s bitter sweet to see him in his final year, but I’ve learned a ton from him growing up.”
Describe the learning curve to familiarizing yourself with a track your racing on for the first time this season.
“Out of the 23 races this year, I’ve only been to five of the tracks, which means almost every week will be a learning curve. It’s difficult to learn a new track in the short two hours of practice we get before the race; however, I’ve always been good at adapting to the race track quickly. The only thing you can really do is watch race video from previous years and run laps on a simulator in order to try and get a feel for it before you get to the actual race track.”
With this being your rookie season, what are your goals for the year?
“Realistically, I would love to say win five races and win the championship, but I’m a rookie with a lot to learn this year. I think we can be a solid top-10 truck every week with a decent amount of top-fives. I think if we could finish the year top-five in points and hold the Sunoco Rookie of the Year trophy, then it will be a win in my books.”
The next race for Hayley and the NCWTS is May 29th at Dover International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200.