MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 6, 2016) - Another NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event is in the books and once again Justin Haley led HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks (HSMJM) with a second-place finish in the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 at Watkins Glen International on Friday evening, August 5.
For the first time since last season, HSMJM fielded five entries in a NKNPSE event. Cole Custer finished directly behind Haley in third driving the No. 98 Haas-Automation sponsored car. Both Custer and Haley battled with eventual winner Austin Cindric for the lead throughout the 41 lap race. Tyler Dippel ran in the top-10 all weekend, qualifying ninth and finishing seventh, his third straight NKNPSE top-10 finish. Hunter Baize had a mechanical issue in qualifying that did not allow him to finish a lap. Starting last, Baize worked his way through the field and scored a ninth-place finish. His second straight top-10 on a road course and his ninth top-10 in 11 NKNPSE races this season. Harrison Burton ran in the top-10 all race long but finished 12th after losing brakes on the final lap.
The NKNPSE has a month break before heading to the next event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway located in Easley S.C on September 5. Justin Haley remains the points leader and Hunter Baize has moved into fourth in the series standings. He is only 13 points out of third. He also increased his lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings. Tyler Dippel moved up to fifth in the series standings with this seventh-place run only two points behind teammate Baize for fourth. Harrison Burton remains ninth.
Justin Haley, driver of the No. 5... Haley entered the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 as one of the favorites along with teammate Cole Custer and Austin Cindric. Haley and Cindric had an epic battle at Virginia International Raceway earlier this season and Friday evening at Watkins Glen International was very much the same. After starting second, Haley never dropped out of the top-five and spent most of the race in the top-three racing with Custer and Cindric. In the last 10 laps, he cut Cindric's lead in half but ran out of time and finished second. Haley remains the NKNPSE points leader heading to the site of his first-career win, Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
Haley on Watkins Glen... "I really wanted to win this one but man Austin (Cindric) is tough on these road courses! I think we might have had something for him if I could've got there but just ran out of time. Overall I thought it was a pretty clean race, I know I had a lot of fun. Cole (Custer) did a good job too, he was fast as well. The HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team did a really good job this weekend. It was a good points day. We'll move on to Greenville-Pickens Speedway next month and try to pick up another win."