Justin Haley and Chase Elliott did not look like drivers who could find success at the Chicago Street Race looking at the result the day before during qualifying. Justin Haley finished the race in 2nd place, and after the race, he had reason to be happy; “We repaired it, and I wrapped like half the car myself,” said Haley.
“I feel like that was pretty cool”. Haley is happy with the direction his team is going. Considering how he looked during the race, he hoped he could win. However, Haley is happy even after finishing second. He emphasized why he fell short of winning, but we have no doubt that this will also come in the future.
“I felt like where we’re at right now as an organization, we’re just trying to get better. This is my and the team’s second full-time season, and unfortunately, I haven’t been in a position like that legitimately to try to hold off championship-caliber drivers,” said Haley.
"I’ve just never found myself in that position early in my career. Definitely was battling some demons in my head there just trying to stay focused and trying to get to the finish. But I felt like my lack of experience and his better tires were just how he won today."
Trent Owens, crew chief of the No.
31 Kaulig hoped that Haley could win, but Shane van Gisbergen threatened and wanted to win. Ultimately, he managed to achieve his goal. The New Zealander surprised everyone present by winning on his debut. During a press conference, Owens revealed what he felt was the main problem with his team's performance.
“The biggest thing, he kept a good head on him, and we knew the car was good. In the middle of the race, we thought we could hold on if we could get up there, and an opportunity presented itself when NASCAR shortened the race.
So that really was the changer for us. We were within five laps of making it to the end and decided to chance it on caution laps, which we got. Just, it was good to see him getting the lead, do those restarts and hold him off.