Winamac, Indiana (Wednesday, November 5, 2014): While the 2014 racing season is over in the Midwestern United States, J.J. Haley’s hectic year isn’t quite finished just yet. After 30 events in a wide variety of machines, from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series to the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards to the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the 15-year-old Hoosier State driver has seen plenty of track time at a plethora of facilities around the country. His next race will be the farthest traveled of his brief career.
The One-Mile semi-banked paved oval of Phoenix International Raceway (AZ) located southwest of Phoenix in Avondale, Arizona will host all three major touring series’ within NASCAR over the weekend of November 7-9th. Prior to the big teams events, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will kick things off with their 2014 season finale; the Casino Arizona 100 on Thursday, November 6th. While Haley has made three starts with the East Series, this will be the Winamac, Indiana drivers’ first foray with the West Series teams.
“I’m really looking forward to getting on track at Phoenix. I’ve had some great moments this season and I’d love to continue that trend and end on a high note as the season winds down.” Haley stated as he and his J.J. Haley Racing Team prepare for the marathon 27-hour trip out West. “We had a good run at Dover (International Speedway in Dover, Delaware) in September and I’d like to continue building upon that and the success this season heading into Phoenix.” He added.
His last race was in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was at the ‘Monster Mile’; Dover International Speedway (DE) in Dover, Delaware as the Drive Sober 150 was on September 26th. Haley scored an impressive seventh place showing, a career high in K&N Pro Series competition, after also qualifying seventh quick. In two previous K&N East starts he finished 23rd at Columbus Motor Speedway (OH) and 24th at Iowa Speedway (IA).
Haley also made six starts for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards in 2014 and scored one top five finish, a third at Elko Speedway (MN) on June 21st in the Akona 250 Presented by Federated Car Care. He also scored four top 10s and one Menards Pole Award, which also came at Elko. Back on May 18th at Toledo Speedway (OH), Haley became the youngest driver in ARCA Racing Series history to start a race and at Elko became the youngest ever Pole Award Winner. In both cases and in rewriting both records, he erased Kyle Benjamin’s name from the lists.
Amongst the season accomplishments for Haley in addition to his ARCA exploits include his first ever win in a Late Model when he scored the victory in the 2014 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Opener at Springport Motor Speedway (MI) on May 4th. Despite missing several races in JEGS/CRA, Haley managed an 11th place finish in the final points standings as in addition to his win, he also has five top five finishes and eight top 10 showings as well as one Fast Qualifier Award. Also in five ARCA/CRA Super Series starts, he secured two top 10s with a career high seventh place effort in the 43rd Running of the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (IN) on October 12th, which was his last competitive laps.
After Phoenix, Haley will concentrate solely on the final race weekend of the season and the biggest of them all; the 47th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on December 3-7th. Haley will compete in the Snowflake 100 on Saturday, December 6th in his Pro Late Model before switching gears to the Super Late Model and running 300 laps in the Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 7th.
For the Phoenix trip, Haley’s black #14 Braun Ability / J.J. Haley Racing / Chevrolet as well as the rest of the fleet of J.J. Haley Racing entries with Crew Chief, Mark McFarland on the pit box in the K&N Pro Series. In the Late Model program, Bobby Blount is calling the shots, will sport sponsorship decals and support from Braun Auto Group as well as Two Guys Mechanical, JMR Trucking, T.J. Racing Lubricants and M.P.H. Promotions.
For more information about the J.J. Haley Racing and to inquire about addition sponsorship opportunities for the 47th Annual Snowball Derby, please email Nathan Dennis at: [email protected] For more information about J.J. Haley Racing, the website is located at: www.jjhaleyracing.com You can also go to the teams’ Facebook Fan Page at: www.facebook.com and search “J.J. Haley Racing” and on Twitter by logging on at: www.twitter.com/jjhaley_racing
-M.P.H. Promotions Press Release. Photo Credit: M.P.H. Promotions Photo.