Hailie Deegan Joins NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart and Ray Evernhan’s Superstar Racing Experience

Published 04/23/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #4 Monster Energy Ford, looks on prior to the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Tony Stewart’s Superstar Racing Experience welcomed another big name on board for its debut season. Hailie Deegan is set to join the new racing league as one of the guest drivers, and the young NASCAR driver is expected to make an appearance at Knoxville Raceway.

Deegan confirmed the development through an Instagram post. The 19-year-old was seen posing for a picture alongside the SRX car and the league’s co-founder Ray Evernham, who is a legendary NASCAR crew chief.


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Evernham gave his thoughts on the new signing and welcomed Deegan to the SRX team. Deegan is not one of the full-time drivers and will race as a ‘ringer driver’ and make occasional appearances.

“Yes sir, this is happening! Really excited to watch @HailieDeegan race with us! This girl can gas it up! Dirt or pavement!” Evernham tweeted, praising Deegan.

An Instagram story from Knoxville Raceway revealed that Deegan will race on June 19 in the SRX Series.


Will Hailie Deegan run other races too in the SRX league?

So far, Deegan is expected to race just the Knoxville race, which the second race on the SRX schedule. The event kicks off with a race at Stafford Motor Speedway on June 12.

The Stafford race clashes with a NASCAR Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Deegan is currently six races into her first season as a full-time NASCAR Truck Series driver.

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

The third SRX race, on June 26 at Eldora, also clashes with a Truck race at Pocono Raceway. Meanwhile, the June 19 race at Knoxville has no such clashes Deegan will race the NASCAR event a day prior, on June 18 at Nashville Superspeedway.


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How is Deegan performing in the NASCAR Truck Series?

The David Gilliland Racing driver has had a tough start to the 2021 season. However, she has shown improvement in the last couple of races and her best finish so far this season (17th) came last weekend at Richmond Raceway.


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Deegan has a lot of experience as a non-pavement racer due to her early experience in off-road racing during her initial years. So the Knoxville race will be quote a familiar set-up for the young driver. It will be interesting to see her race against some big names in the world of motorsports, in the SRX event.



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.