Justin Haley out at Dover due to COVID-19 protocols; Josh Berry, Zane Smith to sub

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Justin Haley will miss this weekend’s races at Dover International Speedway due to COVID-19 protocols, Kaulig Racing announced Friday morning.

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Haley, currently sixth in Xfinity Series points with six top 10s on the season, will miss Saturday’s Drydene 200 Xfinity Series race (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). As the team noted, Camping World Truck Series driver Zane Smith will sub in for Haley.

Per a NASCAR spokesperson, a waiver has been approved for Haley that will allow him to remain postseason eligible in the Xfinity Series.

The No. 11 Chevrolet driver was also on the entry list for Sunday’s Cup Series Drydene 400 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to pilot the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. The team announced Josh Berry will make his Cup debut and will replace Haley. The veteran driver picked up his first career national series win earlier this season in the NXS race at Martinsville Speedway.

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Smith tweeted about the news as well, offering thoughts to Haley and expressing his excitement for his first NXS start since 2019.

 

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