Hailie Deegan picks up second NASCAR K&N East top-10
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
After a deal with DGR-Crosley team, NASCAR upcoming star Hailie Deegan finished on a seasonal best 9th the Bristol round of K&N East division.
NASCAR K&N East round was live from Bristol last Thursday night. Among the previous days' big news it certainly was Hailie Deegan's freshly signed deal with IK9 to take part in the race with the highly ranked DGR-Crosley racing team.
For the young upcoming NASCAR star, currently second in the Championship's standings for the K&N West division, the Bristol round was the seventh seasonal race in the East championship.
In the previous six appearances, Deegan's best result was the tenth place conquered in South Boston. The Bristol race was scheduled for 150 laps with sixteen cars on the starting grid.
Hailie Deegan started from the eleventh position and made some good overtakes in the opening stages: by lap 25, the 18 year-old Californian was running in 7th place.
The first stage ended with Hailie Deegan in sixth place. She drove wonderfully in the second half of the race, moving up to fourth and running close to fight for a spot in the top three, yet she closed the second stage in fifth position.
Hailie kept fighting hard in the last section of the race and by lap 110, with fourty laps to the checkered flag, she managed to regain P4.
Unfortunately, in the last half of the final stage, the #54 car started to lose pace, but the talented lady behind the wheel managed to end the race in ninth position.
In doing so, Deegan achieved her best East-division seasonal result, her second time into the top ten. The #21 car driven Sam Mayer took home the victory and increased the points gap in the championship standings: with now four races left on the schedule, he's now significantly closer to become the 2019 K&N East champion.
Hailie Deegan will be back in Washington to race in the K&N West event at Evergreen Speedway, as she'll be ready once again to battle against teammate Derek Kraus for the championship lead. Kraus currently sits on top of the standings with a 16 points advantage over Deegan.
Ph credits: Nigel Kinrade, NKP/NASCAR