Today and until the end of time, the NASCAR record books will say Kyle Larson won last weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona.
Justin Haley has a slightly different opinion.
“Well, I did cross the start-finish line first,” said Haley while speaking to the media Thursday at Kentucky Speedway. “So in my belief, I still won unofficially.”
For a brief moment, Haley did win at Daytona. His daring three-wide move to pass Larson and Elliott Sadler will likely go down as one of the best moves of the season. The only problem is it didn’t count because Haley went below the double yellow line, which of course is out of bounds. Instead of celebrating in victory lane, a dejected Haley was left shaking his head after being credited with finishing 18th.
One week later, Haley says he has put what happened at Daytona in the rearview mirror.
“Yeah, we’re good. We got more wins coming,” he says. “It’s just kind of how it went. I don’t get the opportunity to do Xfinity races much. How it was put to me this year is I got Iowa, Daytona, and Watkins Glen and those were my three shots to make something happen. And if I didn’t then I wasn’t going to go too far in my career. I had to make the most of it and I think I have to this point.”
Haley earned his first career Camping World Truck Series win last month at Gateway.