Earlier this month, it was confirmed that ARCA Menards driver Hailie Deegan is looking to make her Truck Series debut. The venue for her maiden tryst will be the Kansas Speedway in the coming weekend.
This will be a special occasion, as it is her maiden start in a national NASCAR series race. The DGR-Crosley team announced that the 19-year-old will drive their #17 Ford in the coming weekend’s race.
It makes sense for the teenager to hop into a Ford-150, as she is a Ford development driver. Although she is in her rookie season in the ARCA Menards Series, Deegan has put on a series of impressive performances.
In 19 races, Hailie Deegan has recorded 4 Top-4 and 16 Top-10 finishes ahead of the October 16 season race at Kansas. Owing to her impressive rookie run, she finds herself third in points, 61 points adrift of Bret Holmes and 53 behind Michael Self.
Truthfully, it could be difficult for her, but not impossible. So far, her season-best is a 2nd place finish at the season-opener in Daytona and in Sunday’s race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
As long as she can outscore Self and Holmes, she should be able to record a sensational triumph; moreover, a maiden victory would be a pleasant bonus.
“Honestly, I wasn’t really planning on running trucks this year,” Deegan said. “But in order for me to qualify for the races I want to run in the future I have to run this race.
“It’s definitely going to be hard, it’s going to be challenging. I think our goal is to finish the race.”
Despite not having a win in the ARCA-Menards series, Hailie Deegan has visited Victory Lane three times in the K&N Pro Series West. In fact, she is the second woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race, following Shawna Robinson.