Justin Haley to make Cup debut at Talladega
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Justin Haley will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut for Spire Motorsports in Sunday‘s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Haley, a three-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series winner, will pilot the No. 77 Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the famed 2.66-mile Alabama track.
The F.O.E. is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.
The F.O.E. donates more than $10 million a year to local communities, fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants. Fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children’s fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.
“Our members are incredibly excited to take the next step with Justin in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series,” said F.O.E. Grand Worthy President Carl Burnett. “Justin and the Eagles have been together for many of his career firsts and we can‘t wait to experience yet another this weekend in Talladega. This is our third year together and we‘re proud to continue to break new ground as a team.”
Haley made his professional stock car debut in 2014 and has gone on to record wins in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the Gander Trucks. Last season, Haley parlayed three wins, nine top-five and 18 top-10 finishes into a third-place championship effort behind the wheel of GMS Racing‘s No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado.
Meanwhile, all three of his Gander Trucks wins came with the F.O.E. livery showcased aboard his entry.
The Indiana native, who will turn 20 on Sunday, currently races full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) for Kaulig Racing where he‘s notched six top-10 finishes and sits 11th in points. In his most recent NXS start two weekends ago at Richmond Raceway, Haley started 14th and finished 10th.
“This is a dream come true,” explained Haley. “I couldn‘t be prouder than to make my Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut with Spire Motorsports and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The F.O.E. has supported my career since the beginning and it feels like our program will come full circle when I make my debut on NASCAR‘s biggest stage this weekend at Talladega. I‘m incredibly grateful to both Spire Motorsports and the F.O.E. for this opportunity. I‘m excited to get on track and see what we can do.”
“Justin Haley is a proven winner and a future super star,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “Justin has won at several levels and knows what it takes to compete with the best in the business. He‘s a very talented, smart racer so we‘re confident he‘ll do a good job this weekend.”
The GEICO 500 from Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live on FOX Sunday, April 28 beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The 10th of 36 races on the 2019 MENCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.