Cameron Hayley made a turn four pass for the lead when Gray Gaulding overdrove turn four and Haley got by on the inside for the win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Battle at the Beach race. The 16-year old Canadian Hayley was excited to win at Daytona.
"I don't even know what to say this is the most incredible feeling ever. I don't even know what to say," Hayley said in victory lane. "Gene Price Motorsports gave me a heck of a car to do this."
Hayley will take over the #24 car for Gene Price Motorsports after Dylan Kwasniewski moved on to the K&N East Series and Turner Scott Motorsports. Hayley passed Gray Gaulding in the final corner after Gaulding spun out leader Michael Self a lap earlier. Self was leading after Greg Pursley got turned by Cale Conley on lap 128. Pursley led all 127 laps prior to the incident and would finish ninth.
The race was slowed 10 times for caution including an accident that took out Dylan Kwasniewski. He finished 27th. John Hunter Nemechek finished 28th after a scary accident took him out of the race on lap 57.
That set the race up for an epic green white checkered finish in which the contact between Gaulding and Self was made. Gaulding thinks he slipped on oil in the final corner that made the car slide to the high side in turn four, opening the door for Hayley to slide on by for victory.
It was a great two days of racing on the short track at Daytona. Wednesday practice for the Budweiser Duels will begin for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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