Lady racer Deegan leads Roseville roster after historical winBy: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
Roseville-based Bill McAnally Racing team driver Hailie Deegan will be a main attraction this Saturday night at All American Speedway. Just last Saturday, Deegan made history at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway, becoming the first female driver to win in the history of the series.
The 17-year-old driver from Temecula, California was making just her 12th start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Deegan edged out teammate Cole Rouse with a last-lap pass to win by just .329 seconds and lead a 1-2-3 finish for BMR. Derek Kraus, who led 190 laps in dominating the event, ended up third.
“It hasn’t even sunk in yet,” said Deegan, just a day after her historical win. “I’m so happy that Toyota and Bill took a chance on me this year. They took a chance on me. Jack Irving,Toyota, NAPA, and Bill. They’re the ones who took the chance on me and it paid off.”
Deegan had become the first female to win a pole in the series, setting the fast mark in qualifying at the most recent event on the circuit at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track earlier this month. Her previous best finish was second, which she registered on two occasions this year at Las Vegas and at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon, in June.
With her win, Deegan regained the lead in rookie points for the series and moved to fifth in the overall championship standings. In 12 starts, she has one win, five Top-5, and 10 Top-10 finishes.
Deegan has won multiple championships in off-road racing, where she began her racing career at the age of 8. Her racing resume also includes competition in late models and super late models. Deegan is the daughter of nationally known X-Games star Brian Deegan who competes in a variety of racing competitions professionally, along with supporting the efforts of his daughter who is well on her way to success in NASCAR.
Deegan will take the green flag Saturday night as the most recent winner of the tour and the only female winner in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West history.