‘Getting Better Every Race’ – Hailie Deegan Registers Her Best Finish of 2021 NASCAR Truck Series at Kansas

Published 05/02/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #4 Monster Energy Ford, stands on the grid prior to the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway on February 08, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Hailie Deegan continued her upward rise in the 2021 NASCAR Truck Series season, registering her best finish of the season in the Saturday night race at Kansas Speedway. Starting in 20th place, Deegan finished the race in 13th place after a thrilling final restart in overtime.

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Since the season’s second race on the Daytona Road Course, Deegan’s results have consistently improved week after week. Prior to the 13th place finish at Kansas, Deegan’s best finish in her first full-time Truck Series season was 17th, a couple of weeks ago in Richmond.

Deegan herself highlighted the constant improvement. “We’re getting better and better every race,” Deegan wrote on Instagram.

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The young driver was thrilled with her run at Kansas, a track where she feels quite comfortable. Deegan thanked her David Gilliland Racing crew for giving her an ‘amazing’ no. 1 Ford truck.

Feb 12, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Camping World Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan (1) is introduced during the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hailie Deegan makes the most of an “amazing” truck at Kansas

“What a wild night here in Kansas! That was so much fun. It was so much going back to a race track that I’ve raced at before, just being comfortable there,” Deegan further said in a video posted on Instagram. “My guys gave me such a good truck, that truck was amazing,” she added.

A few days ago, Deegan ran a test session with her team at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old felt that the test session taught her a lot.

“We learned so much in our test at Charlotte and bring some of the things we learned there to here. I’m just super happy with how that turned out,” she continued.

“Super happy with how it turned out”

Deegan was comfortably running inside the top-10 for most of the race after starting in 20th. This comes as a massive boost for the driver, as she will now target her first top-10 finish, after her first top-15 finish.

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She rued the fact that some changes they made to the car before the final restart did not help her. However, she was thrilled with the overall result on the day. “I’m super happy with how it turned out. So, onto the next one,” Deegan concluded on the same.

Feb 12, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Camping World Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan (1) makes a pit stop during the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Deegan will now look to bag that maiden top-10 finish next weekend itself, as the Truck Series field visits Darlington Raceway on Friday night for the throwback weekend.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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