Hayley Looking for a New Kind of Pre-Season Success in Florida
2013 Battle at the Beach Winner Adds a Full Plate of New Smyrna Super Late Model Racing to Schedule
By Ally Fulson, Speed51.com Deep South Editor - Twitter: @AllyFulson

In 2013, Cameron Hayley left Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Battle at the Beach trophy.  It was a chance for the 17-year-old Canadian to shine on a nationally-televised spotlight in one of the most talked-about races of the year.  But even before he went to victory lane at the hallowed Florida track in last year's Battle, he had some ideas about racing a few miles down Interstate 95 at New Smyrna Speedway. 

That itch started when Hayley attended some of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing events at New Smyrna as a fan prior to last year's Battle at the Beach.  After growing fond of the high-banked half-mile oval in New Smyrna Beach, Hayley has entered a Super Late Model that he will compete with throughout this year's Smyrna Speedweeks in addition to battling in the first-ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, the New Smyrna 150 Presented by JEGS, on February 16 and the Battle at the Beach at Daytona.

“It kind of all came about last year,” said Hayley.  “While we were down (in Daytona), I was able to get out to a couple races there at Speedweeks.  I thought the track just looked awesome and I love racing Late Models so I said next year we’re definitely going to come back and run this.  That’s just what we did. 

“We built a new car to go along with our brand new one last year,” said Hayley.  “And we just decided that it was just a good place to come and get some experience and pretty much get a whole season under my belt before our real season even starts.”

Hayley, who recently signed to run the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule with Turner Scott Motorsports, finished second in the K&N Pro Series West with Gene Price Motorsports in 2013 just six points behind champion Derek Thorn.

Hayley will return to New Smyrna Speedway this year with the same crew the idea was born with in 2013.

“Last year I raced for Gene Price Motorsports in the K&N Series,” said Hayley.  “And my crew chief and most of my team from last year in the K&N series wasn’t able to follow me to Turner Scott Motorsports for my K&N series this year, but they’re all going to pretty much be working on my Late Model program.  So all the guys are basically my K&N team from last year at Gene Price Motorsports.”

With a familiar crew ready for the Late Model action and one of the best K&N teams on the circuit prepared for the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS and the UNOH Battle at the Beach, the Calgary, Alberta driver is hoping to use his track time to his advantage to bring home the trophies.

“The K&N race obviously is going to be pretty good,” said Hayley.  “And with the Late Model race, we’ll have two of those races before the K&N race.  Those two Late Model races I think are really going to help a lot to get me prepared for the K&N race later, more in terms of race strategy than actually driving itself.  But I think it’s going to be good to run both and get experience in both cars to hopefully perform better while I’m racing.”

The 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing will mark Hayley’s debut at the central-Florida track despite having spent time on the other side of the fence.

“I haven’t actually raced anything there yet,” said Haley.  “I’ve only seen races there so I’m looking forward to getting this whole thing started and actually racing there in just a few weeks.”

Speed51.com will be the official live coverage provider for the 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing which will run from Friday, February 14 to Saturday, February 22.

Cameron Hayley will take many of the same crew members that helped him win last year's Battle at the Beach with him to New Smyrna this year.  (Speed51.com photo)