MOORESVILLE, NC (September 18, 2016) - For the first in NASCAR history, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) made the trip to the New Jersey Motorsports Park. All four HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks (HSMJM) teams made the trip north for the first JustDrive.com 125.
Justin Haley was the fastest in practice and backed it up by winning the 21 Means 21 Pole Award. Harrison Burton qualified fifth quick. While an ill Tyler Dippel qualified 9th. The Wallkill, N.Y. driver didn’t feel well all weekend. Ronnie Bassett Jr., practiced the No. 38 car for Dippel at one point on Saturday so that he had seat time in the car if Dippel needed a relief driver. Hunter Baize qualified 12th.
For the entire first half of the event, all four HSMJM drivers focused on saving their tires. Although the race had a scheduled break at halfway, NASCAR was not allowing tires to be changed. When the race resumed, all four HSMJM drivers began working their way back into contention. Both Haley and Dippel drove into the top-five. Haley passed for second with under 10 laps to go but wasn’t able to get to the leader. He finished second. Dippel, although not feeling 100%, went on to finish seventh. Hunter Baize finished 10th after driving up into the top-five, and while running solidly in the top-10, Harrison Burton had a tire go down, which was caused by a mechanical failure. He finished 15th.
Haley’s second-place finish extended his points lead to 29 points. Dippel’s seventh-place run netted him three additional points on fourth in the series points. Baize’s top-10 was his 10th top-10 in 13 races this season. He remains the Rookie-of-the-Year leader and is tied for fourth in series points, only 4 points behind his teammate Tyler Dippel. Harrison Burton sits eighth in the standings with one race left this season.
Justin Haley, driver of the No. 5… Justin Haley has been the model of consistency in the NKNPSE this season. He has only finished outside the top-five once. In the other two road course races on the schedule, he has finished second-place in both. This weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, he was the fastest in practice, won the pole, and finished second. That finish extends his NKNPSE points lead by two more over second-place. He heads to Dover (Del.) International Speedway with a 29 point lead.
Haley on New Jersey… “It’s like I’m cursed at these road course. I can’t seem to win! It’s a little bit frustrating but it could be worse. My HSMJM team has done such a great job this year. We’ve had fast cars every race and this race was no exception. Obviously it was a good points day for us. We just need to go to Dover and take care of business like we have all year.”