“I Want Answers Myself” – Hailie Deegan Provides an Unfortunate Update on Her NASCAR Future

Published 06/09/2022, 11:35 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 24: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #1 Craftsman Ford, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 presented by Westgate Resorts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 24, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

It’s every NASCAR Camping Series driver’s dream to go race the big leagues in the Cup Series cars. However, drivers need to progress through the levels and compete in the Xfinity series after racing in trucks. Moreover, every trucking series driver wishes for their big break into the world of Xfinity. And David Gilliland Racing driver, Hailie Deegan is no different.

Deegan had hoped to compete in select races in the Xfinity series in 2022. However, a recent revelation shows that competing in the Xfinity cars seems unlikely.

Of course, the most important thing in Motorsports is funding. Drivers require sponsors and someone to put money into a driver to make sure their cars can appear in every race.


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Unfortunately, Hailie Deegan seems to struggle with exactly that. In a recent interview, the driver doesn’t seem too confident about what the future will hold for her. She said, “It’s tough trying to get funding midway through the season. Or, trying to figure things out for potential end of the year deals, for at least me in these situations.”

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Although, Deegan is trying her best as she said, “We’re working on it, trying to do what we can.” However, there is not much for her to vouch on, “There’s nothing we have set in stone at all right now. It’s all just kind of seeing what we could possibly do in the future.”

Naturally, she wants an answer as she added, “I wish I had answers since I want answers myself, but nothing set yet.”

Hailie Deegan Reveals The Reason She Left Toyota For Ford

Hailie Deegan was on the Toyota team throughout her racing career in the K&N series. However, she moved over to Ford, racing for David Gilliland Racing when she started racing in Trucks.

So, why did she switch? Well, a recent podcast answers that for us.


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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)

She said, “My dad was actually with Ford back in the day for multiple years. I already knew everyone at Ford, he had relationships with those people. They saw me at a low age, running around. It was honestly kind of a no-brainer for me. I feel like I already knew everyone over there.”

However, she revealed that the main reason for leaving Toyota to join Ford was, unkept promises. Deegan said, “I also feel like, at Toyota. I never really talked about this much, because it doesn’t get asked much. I was promised a lot of things that weren’t kept. “ She added, “And I kind of laid on those promises. Expecting them because it was, ‘Oh if you do this then. we’ll make sure you’re doing this next ‘. I was promised so much and didn’t receive. “


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In the end, it’s sad how Hailie Deegan’s future seems to be unsure because of these reasons. However, do you think there’s a possibility of her getting funding and finally racing in the Xfinity series? Let us know in the comments.



Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.