Hailie Deegan is taking one other step up in NASCAR racing. The 19-year-old is now a full-time driver within the Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Collection.
Ford Efficiency introduced Deegan’s transfer Saturday as she was making her vehicles debut at Kansas. She’s going to run a full schedule for DGR-Crosley within the 2021 season.
“Clearly that is our objective for subsequent however we have nonetheless acquired a couple of offers to signal,” Deegan instructed reporters on a Zoom name after ending sixteenth in Saturday’s race (per Fox Sports). She added that she believes these offers will come collectively by the top of the yr.
“Truck racing, I feel it is the place I should be at to be taught and to develop on the tempo that I feel I must, in the mean time,” she added. “I really feel like I would like much more expertise below my belt, much more laborious racing, much more messing with the air like you might be in truck racing.
“It is simply going to take time to be taught. I feel it should be a battle at first. I am not going to go on the market and set the world on fireplace and win my first race on the market and folks have to know that. It may take time. It may take numerous studying, however I feel ultimately we’ll clearly get higher with time.”
Deegan raced this yr within the ARCA Menards Collection, the place she earned Rookie of the 12 months honors. She completed third within the collection factors standings on the energy of 17 top-10 finishes in 20 races. She didn’t win a race.
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She does have three profession victories, all within the Ok&N Professional Collection West, the place she raced in 2018 and 2019.
Deegan joins Jennifer Jo Cobb, Natalie Decker and Angela Ruch as ladies racing within the truck collection full time. The Truck Collection is without doubt one of the three main nationwide circuits in NASCAR, together with the Cup Collection and Xfinity Collection.