Rookie star and NASCAR hot prospect Hailee Deegan has had a season that for most drivers is very average, but for someone with the expectations she has for herself it was a slightly underwhelming season but has also been a season of large growth for a young driver with no practice in an average truck.
Deegan has had an unlucky season with the way cautions fall or getting crashed out of contention at Daytona. She has shown major growth as a driver when she goes to a track for a second time or a track she knows and has raced at she has shown that there is another level to her racing. She put an exclamation point on it when she made history and became the first female driver to finish a race inside the top 10 outside of Daytona (a plate track where the field is even) when she scored a 7th palace finish at Gateway this past weekend. Deegan still admits that this is not the end of the line for her development and hopes to carry this momentum into the rest of the season despite not being in the playoffs.
Next year Deegan is looking to run part time in xFinity series while keeping her same ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and to contend for the playoffs next year.