NASCAR Truck Series Clean Harbors 200 race at Kansas Speedway saw Hailie Deegan make her debut. Her 16th-place finish broke the record for the highest finish by a female driver on debut in the Series.
Deegan’s dream of racing full-time in trucks was also realized during the race. She landed a full-time deal for 2021 when the Truck Series becomes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series again.
In a candid chat on FOX: NASCAR, the 19-year-old spilled a few fun details from her personal life.
Deegan has tried her hand at quite a few sports outside of racing in her leisure time. Upon being asked if there was any particular sport she felt she was not good at, she said, “About all of them. My family is very Action sports, Motocross, Supercross freestyle motocross based family.”
Hailie also recollects how strict her parents were and how they constantly pushed her to eat healthy food. She recalls an incident where she found wrappers of chocolates that she had sneaked in when cleaning her bedroom five years later. Most of them had already expired by then, she added.
NASCAR Truck Series in 2021 will see Hailie Deegan race full-time, competing for the Rookie of the Year honor while driving the No.17 Ford.
Deegan, part of the Ford Development Program, feels that she will make mistakes to start off with. However, she will be keen to learn from them and get consistent over time.
“I’m gonna make mistakes. It’s gonna be challenging, it’s gonna be tough. I’m probably not gonna go out the first race of next season and set the word absolutely on fire,” Deegan expressed.
Deegan was coming into the Truck Series with strong performances, 4 Top-5’s, and 17 Top-10’s in the ARCA Menards Series. A total of 86 laps led and a 7.3 average finish were also reasons why she saw herself graduate to the Truck Series.
While Hailie Deegan’s ultimate dream would be to race in the Cup Series, she has shown no signs of hurrying through the motions. She believes it will be her ability to handle situations well, learn from mistakes, and constantly improve that will help her in 2021 and the years to come.