Hailie Deegan Talks About the Most Embarrassing Moment of Her NASCAR Career

Published 10/28/2021, 5:52 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)


Hailie Deegan is close to completing her maiden Truck Series season. There are just two races left, namely Martinsville and Phoenix. After that, she will be hoping to continue her career with David Gilliland Racing.

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In a recent interview, she spoke about certain points in her debut season. One of them regarded the most embarrassing moment she experienced.

She said, “Honestly, I don’t get embarrassed much. But there was one mistake that I made at Talladega, just with communication. I was supposed to hang back with one lap to go and I hung back too much too early. So we still had four laps to go until a stage break. It was just me being so focused, I thought I heard something that I didn’t.”

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“I thought my spotter said that, but he didn’t. He said the right thing. That was a mistake on my part. So it kind of hurt me, but I think that’s also why I avoided one of the big wrecks. It kind of helped me, but I guess we wrecked out in the end, so it didn’t really matter.”

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How has Hailie Deegan performed in this season?

So far, she has enjoyed a relatively decent season with a career-best finish of 7th at Gateway. Aside from that, Deegan has managed seven Top 20 finishes in the current season. Now, she will be looking forward to the coming race at the Martinsville Speedway and the season finale at the Phoenix Raceway.

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)

It is also a point in her favor that she is outperforming her teammate, Tanner Gray, in the championship. Gray has a best finish of 9th, which came at the Texas Motor Speedway.

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Although he has recorded more Top 20 finishes, her tally was enough to keep her two places ahead in the championship. Currently, 35 points separate the two teammates, though she is still far away from Ryan Truex. Now, Hailie Deegan will be focused on closing out the year.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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