By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
The driver rotation at GMS Racing’s No. 23 team continues as their Xfinity Series program announced Monday that Camping World Truck Series regular Justin Haley will make his series debut in Sunday’s Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton.
In one previous Truck Series start at Iowa, Haley started seventh and finished in 10th.
Since Spencer Gallagher’s suspension after his race win at Talladega, GMS has had Johnny Sauter, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman sharing seating time in the No. 23 car.
For the 19-year-old, making his NXS debut is an opportunity of a lifetime.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be in top notch Xfinity Series equipment,” said Haley. “I can’t say enough about how much the Gallagher family has helped my career over the past few years in the Truck Series.
“I’m excited to get to Iowa and run a double header with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) onboard. FOE, along with my family, have been nothing but supportive of me since the beginning.
“I am humbled to have the support to take the next step into the Xfinity Series, after always being unsure if it would ever happen. Thank you to the whole GMS organization.”
So far, Haley has shown flash of brilliance with five top-10s in eight starts, including a third-place run in last Friday’s PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
His solid start is good enough for him to sit eighth in points, 34 points ahead of Dalton Sargent for the final playoff spot.
In addition of running at Iowa, Haley will also run a second GMS entry at Daytona International Speedway on July 6th, and Watkins Glen International on August 4th.