What Does the Craftsman Title Sponsorship Mean for NASCAR Truck Series Driver Hailie Deegan

Published 08/28/2022, 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)

Earlier, news broke that Craftsman Tools will be the primary sponsor for the NASCAR Truck Series. However, it is interesting to note that the company is also sponsoring Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan.

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Admittedly, one has to wonder if this presents a bit of a conflict of interest. Fortunately for her, this does not affect her chances of racing at all.

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First and foremost, Deegan’s primary sponsor is Monster Energy, while Craftsman is an occasional sponsor. Additionally, there have been many cases where NASCAR drivers have the same sponsor as the series’ sponsor.

A prime example is Kurt Busch, who has Monster Energy as his sponsor and the energy drink brand often sponsor’s the NASCAR Cup Series.

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What lies ahead for Hailie Deegan in her NASCAR career?

So far in the 2022 NASCAR Truck Series, Deegan has had a very up-and-down campaign. Her best finish in the current season is 10th place at Mid-Ohio.

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She has not broken into the Top 10 ever since. Now, there are just five races left in the Truck Series season and she lies 21st in the standings. Unless her form dramatically picks up in the final five races, she will have to settle for 21st.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JULY 29: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #1 Wastequip Ford, waits on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series TSport 200 at the Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

In her entire Truck Series career, Hailie Deegan has recorded a best finish of 7th place. That result came at the Gateway Motorsports Park, last year in her first full-time season for David Gilliland Racing. Of course, the driver is only 21 years old, so there is plenty of time for her to hone her craft and continue to gain experience.

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Who knows, maybe sometime in the future, she may progress to the Xfinity Series and eventually the Cup Series. Until then, Hailie Deegan will have to just look forward to wrapping up her 2022 NASCAR Truck Series season on a good note.

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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.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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