Hailie Deegan Eyeing Xfinity Series Debut in 2022 After Her Maiden Truck Series Season

Published 08/08/2021, 2:09 PM EDT
DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 08: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #4 Monster Energy Ford, during qualifying for the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire on February 8, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


In 2021, Hailie Deegan made her NASCAR Truck Series debut with David Gilliland Racing. Safe to say, she has performed relatively well in her maiden season. In the championship, she currently lies in 17th place with one race until the playoffs. Unfortunately, the playoff rules in the Truck Series are different, and only the Top 10 qualify.

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Nevertheless, it is still an impressive debut for the 20-year-old. In light of her good form, Deegan is now entertaining thoughts of taking the next step in her career. To be precise, she is hoping to make it to the Xfinity Series in 2022. At the moment, though, her plans include a part-time Xfinity gig and a full-time Truck Series season.

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Without a doubt, Hailie Deegan is trying to take things step by step. Last year, she ran full-time in the ARCA Series before a one-off appearance in the Truck Series. Safe to say, she impressed and earned herself a full-time drive in the #1 truck. Now that she is in the Camping World Truck Series, she is banging in one consistent performance after another.

How has Hailie Deegan performed in the 2021 season?

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The 20-year-old has delivered some excellent performances so far. Her personal best finish this year was a 13th place at Kansas and Charlotte. This came during a spell where she finished in the Top 20 for six consecutive races. This impressive streak began at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track all the way until Charlotte.

BAKERSFIELD, CA – OCTOBER 27: Hailie Deegan speaks with media ahead of her race at Kern County Raceway Park on October 27, 2018 in Bakersfield, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Now, Deegan is aiming to do the best she can at Watkins Glen and the remaining few Truck Series races. Whether she will remain at the David Gilliland Racing stable or move elsewhere, well, that is anyone’s guess.

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Nevertheless, she will continue to try and serve up more consistent performances with the outfit. It also helps that she is ahead of teammate Tanner Gray in the championship, thus has bragging rights.

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