Cameron Hayley made a late race pass on Derek Thorn to win his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday night in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, California. For the 17-year-old from Calgary, Alberta it was his breakthrough win in his 32nd career West start.
“It was amazing,” Hayley said of his win. “Our Cabinets by Hayley Ford Fusion was just perfect all night. We really wanted to save tires at the beginning, so that we had stuff at the end and it’s just what we did. We stuck to our game plan and made sure we had stuff left at the end and it paid off.”
Derek Thorn started from the pole position and led 138 of the 150 laps but was in close competition with Eric Holmes for much of the event. A rash of nine cautions kept the field bunched for the majority of the race.
Thorn would lead for the first 64 laps before Holmes was able to lead lap 65. Thorn went back in front and would lead from lap 66 to 79 before Holmes again battled him and led lap 80. Thorn again asserted himself in the lead on lap 81 and would show the way until lap 104. Holmes again took the lead and this time held it until lap 108 before Thorn again went back past.
Thorn led from lap 109 to lap 130 when Holmes took his fourth lead on lap 131. Thorn battled again and took the lead on lap 132 and led until lap 145. A debris caution on lap 138 set up a lap 142 restart and that is where Hayley made his charge. He was able to make the pass on Thorn on the high side on lap 146 and lead the final five laps to secure the win.
Hayley is a member of the NASCAR Next driver group. This win is the second of his career in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car as he won the inaugural non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the backstretch short track at Daytona International Speedway this past February.
Derek Thorn settled for second and Eric Holmes third. Michael Self finished fourth, Greg Pursley fifth, Patrick Staropoli sixth, Dylan Hutchison seventh, Shane Golobic eighth, Daryl Harr ninth, and Luis Tyrrell tenth. Dylan Lupton had two spins in the race and finished in 15th of the 24 car field.
There are two races remaining in the 15 race season and Derek Thorn holds an 18 point lead over Cameron Hayley who moved up to second. Greg Pursley is third 25 points back and Michael Self is fourth 33 points back. Dylan Lupton is 85 points back in fifth.
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