NASCAR Next driver Cameron Hayley will pilot ThorSport Racing’s No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015. Hayley, who made his series debut in 2014 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Canada, and has three series starts to his resume, will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors this season.
"It's always been a dream of mine to run in one of NASCAR's top three series," said Hayley. "I was able to get my feet wet last year running a few races, but to be able to say I'm running full-time this year is really a chance to live out my dream."
"I'll make the move to Sandusky later this year so I can be in the shop every day, helping the guys, and really getting to know these trucks," continued Hayley. "I want to take full advantage of everything ThorSport Racing has to offer, soaking everything in this season. Duke and Rhonda Thorson have built a championship-winning team with great resources and equipment and it's an honor to be a part of their organization."
The 18-year-old driver began his racing career in karts at the age of seven and debuted in NASCAR by running a partial K&N Pro Series West schedule in 2011. Hayley, the youngest driver ever to compete in the K&N West series, posted top-five finishes in two of his four starts, including an impressive second-place finish in his series debut at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell. His success led to a full-time K&N Series West schedule in 2012, where he posted five Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes. Hayley was also named to NASCAR's Next class in 2012, a select group chosen by the sanctioning body that spotlights NASCAR's rising stars.
Hayley started his 2013 season with a bang, winning the UNOH "Battle at the Beach East vs. West Shootout" at Daytona International Speedway and capped off his second full-time season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with one win, six poles and a second-place finish in the driver point standings. In 2014, Hayley competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East collecting one pole, and leading 247 laps en route to seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes. The Calgary, Alta., native went on to make three NCWTS starts in 2014, amassing a career-best second-place starting position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and amassing two top-10 finishes.
"Cameron has seen success at an early age and has been a great student of the sport," said team owner, Duke Thorson. "He has a wealth of natural talent, a great personality and we believe he's the complete package. By making the move to live in Sandusky full-time, he's proven that he's fully vested in this team and the opportunity he's been given. Being at the shop every day, learning these trucks and building a foundation with his team is what will set him apart from the competition. Everyone at ThorSport Racing is anxious to see him evolve on the race track this season."
Hayley's 2015 campaign will be led by Xfinity Series championship-winning crew chief, Jeff Hensley. As an 11-year veteran of the NCWTS, Hensley has 260 series starts to his credit including 13 wins, 31 poles, 72 Top-5 and 137 Top-10 finishes.