REVEALED! David Gilliland Racing Confirms Hailie Deegan Will Drive the No. 1 Truck in 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 01/19/2021, 11:45 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #4 Monster Energy Ford, looks on prior to the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Recently, news broke that the DGR-Crosley team would be renamed as David Gilliland Racing. Prior to the takeover, Hailie Deegan was supposed to make her debut for the team. The team has retained her services and she will make her full-time NASCAR Truck Series debut in the No. 1 car.

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As it turned out, the driver was the first to break the news on Instagram. Apparently, she posted images of some merchandise, namely T-shirts and hoodies.

In all honesty, nobody would have delved too deep into the images. However, what caught everyone’s attention was the fact that some of the merchandise had the number ‘1’ printed on it.

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This revealed that she would take the wheel of the #1 truck. So, the David Gilliland Racing team pretty much confirmed an open secret. It is worth mentioning, though, that she raced in the #17 truck when she made a one-off appearance last season with DGR-Crosley.

What to expect from Hailie Deegan in 2021?

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For obvious reasons, nobody expects Deegan to set the track on fire as she is just a rookie. However, the outfit will definitely outline a list of objectives as the start of the season approaches. The team will keep everything as realistic as possible for Hailie Deegan and teammate Tanner Gray.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #4 Monster Energy Ford, looks prior to the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Of course, the outfit also wants to be ambitious, but may not want to bite off more than they can chew. Despite the uncertainty of the pecking order, Hailie Deegan will be keen to impress her new bosses at David Gilliland Racing. Having impressed in the ARCA Menards Series, there will be many high expectations.

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She already performed admirably in her first-ever Truck Series race in 2020. To be precise, she finished in 16th place, which was hugely impressive for a first-timer. In the process, she had the honor of being the highest-placed female driver during their debut.

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