CONCORD, NC – OCTOBER 15, 2019: Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD) Hailie Deegan (No.55 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota) will make her sixth career ARCA Menards Series start and first ever appearance at Kansas Speedway when the series takes to the track for the final time in 2019 under the lights Friday night in the series finale.
“I’m excited,” says the Temecula, California native. “I’ve never raced on a mile-and-a-half track before so I think it’s going to take a little bit getting used to especially since I’m not testing. Hopefully I’ll pick up on it quick – do some simulator work and hopefully have another strong finish. It’s been a great season and I’ve learned a lot. Really looking forward to this next race.”
Deegan, who joined Venturini Motorsports midway through the 2019 ARCA season is coming off a career best fifth-place finish after last competing two weeks ago at Lucas Oil Speedway. The 18-year old continues to impress during the early stages of her stock car career.
Competing full-time in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West over the past two seasons, Deegan made her splash onto the ARCA scene back in May at Toledo Speedway. In just five career series starts she’s posted one top-5 and three top-10’s during her brief ARCA career.
Coming up through the ranks racing on short tracks, Kansas will be Deegan’s first ever race on an intermediate (1.5-mile) track. Earlier in the season she competed on Pocono Raceway’s 2.5-mile surface, which is considered a superspeedway – and finished seventh.
On and off the track Hailie is one of racing’s most compelling personalities in the sport today, despite not yet competing in any of NASCAR’s top-three national series, last month the Sports Business Journal reported Deegan ranked No.3 (behind Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson) out of all NASCAR drivers in social media value this year, and ranks No.1 overall in total engagement.
Hailie, who’s currently competing for the 2019 K&N Pro Series West championship, etched her name in NASCAR’s record book last year becoming the first female to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series event in over 30-years. The Temecula, California native backed up her record setting performance earning two more wins this season at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas and a dramatic win back in June at Colorado National Speedway.
The daughter of legendary X Games Motocross giant Brian Deegan, Hailie began her driving career at the age of eight racing dirt on four wheels. She’s the only female driver in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Pro Series as well as the regional series to win championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016 along with being the youth ever to win the Lucas Off-Road Pro Series Driver of the Year award (2016).
The ARCA Kansas 150 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway will close the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season on Friday, October 18. Practice opens the day at 1 pm ET/12 n CT followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. The 100-lap/150-mile feature event will go green at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT and will be shown live on FS2 with an immediate replay on FS1.