Hailie Deegan Opens Up on her Career-Best Finish in the Truck Series

Published 09/17/2021, 9:08 AM 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)


Recently, Hailie Deegan recorded a career-best finish of 7th at the World Wide Technology Raceway. In light of that, she spoke to Fox Sports’ Jamie Little on several subjects, including her 7th place finish. Considering that she is still in her rookie season, the Top 10 result must have been a huge and welcome surprise.

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She said, “I think this year, we focused on being cautiously aggressive, but we’ve been on the too cautious side. So i think we’re flipping to the more aggressive side. Just not being reckless, but definitely taking advantage of every opportunity. When you look at the motorsports world, NASCAR is the biggest form of racing in America.”

She acknowledged that when a driver wins a championship or two; they look ahead to what is next for them. Hailie Deegan insisted she did not want to tap out her career at 15 years old. Owing to that, she felt she had to take the next step in her career.

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What else did Hailie Deegan say?

The 20-year-old confessed that her childhood was far from normal. Especially since she was the daughter of a former racer, Brian Deegan. According to her, her entire household was ‘different and crazy’. Nevertheless, she loved it and would not trade it for anything in the world. In fact, Deegan’s upbringing in that very household contributed to shaping her outgoing personality.

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, the David Gilliland Racing driver is looking forward to racing at Bristol this weekend. The driver reveals her plan is to get as comfortable as possible in the car with the right setup. As long as all the boxes are ticked, she should be fine to have a good run on the short track. Without a doubt, her 7th place at WWTR is just a sneak preview of things to come from her end and a hint of her talent.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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