Justin Haley will make his Xfinity Series debut this weekend as GMS Racing continues to fill the seat of its No. 23 Chevrolet.
Haley, a full-time competitor for the company in the Camping World Truck Series, will be behind the wheel in the Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway. GMS has needed a replacement since primary driver Spencer Gallagher was suspended indefinitely May 2 for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.
It will be a double-duty weekend for Haley in both Trucks and Xfinity, and they will be the focus of the NASCAR world as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has an off weekend.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) will sponsor Haley in his debut.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be in top-notch Xfinity Series equipment,” Haley said in a statement. “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 doubleheader with The Fraternal Order of Eagles onboard.
“FOE, along with my family, have been nothing but supportive of me since the beginning. I’m 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.”
Haley will run a second GMS Racing car at Daytona International Speedway on July 6 and will also compete on August 4 at Watkins Glen International.
So far this season GMS has turned to several drivers. Johnny Sauter drove the car to a sixth-place finish at Dover.
Chase Elliott finished 37th and second at Charlotte and Pocono and will return to the car on June 30 at Chicagoland, July 6 at Daytona and Aug. 17 at Bristol.
Alex Bowman finished 21st last weekend at Michigan Speedway and will also be in the car on July 13 at Kentucky Speedway.