17-year-old Hailie Deegan's win puts her in NASCAR history books

Hailie Deegan checked off a very large box on her to-do list Saturday. (AP Photo)
Hailie Deegan checked off a very large box on her to-do list Saturday. (AP Photo)

At 17 years old, Hailie Deegan raced into history on Saturday with a win at the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway in Idaho, giving the 17-year-old her first career victory and the first win by a female driver in the 64-year-history of NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West division.

It was the latest development in what has been a breakout season for the teenager, in which he has posted five top-five finishes and 10 top 10 finishes in 12 races.

Deegan led all of one lap in the race, passing Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Rouse during the final lap. It was a scenario that Deegan was more than ready for, telling that she had visualized that exact move playing out Friday night.

“I was in bed last night thinking, ‘If it comes down, last lap, I’m in second, I’m a car length off of him, what am I going to do?’”, Deegan said. “And I found that Turn 1 spot. I knew what exactly I had to do there. I was doing it to some other people just getting right under them to get them a little light to get them, not wrecking loose, nothing crazy, but enough to just get a little under them and make the pass happen. We did that. I knew exactly what I had to do the last lap. I did it, we executed, and we made it happen.”

Deegan was understandably happy online after the game, tweeting out a now-completed goals for 2018.

Of course, the racer herself wasn’t the only person happy for the possible star in the making.

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