Hailie Deegan’s Top-10 streak continues following Daytona Road Course

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

A three-hour lighting delay and wet conditions for the ARCA race didn’t stop Hailie Deegan from capturing her 10th Top-10 of the season on Friday evening.

When the race finally got going, Deegan rolled off for the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 100 from the seventh position. The 3.61-mile road course was very wet when the 28-lap event began. Therefore, all teams started the race on rain tires.

A scheduled race break on lap 15 saw Deegan still sitting in seventh as she brought her No. 4 Monster Energy Ford Fusion down pit road for service. The call was another set of rain tires and fill it up the No. 4 with fuel.

With seven laps to go, Deegan was able to work her way into the sixth position. That’s where she would stay until the checkered flag flew. Deegan’s result marked her 10th Top-10 finish of the season in 12 ARCA Menards Series starts this season.

“I’m disappointed with sixth since I really thought we would do better in this race,” said Deegan in a post-race team press release. “I was only able to get one complete lap in during practice. Even though I am familiar with the track from racing here in January, it’s a different feel in a heavier stock car versus a sports car. The track was dry when we practiced too but was mostly wet for the entire race. The balance was pretty close, but [obviously] lacked grip because of the wet track. We’ve got next weekend off to regroup before we head to Gateway in two weeks.”

Deegan has finished sixth in her last three starts: Toledo, Michigan, and the Daytona Road Course. Her best finish this season is second place in the season opener on the Daytona International Speedway oval.

The ARCA Menards Series will next head to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on August 1. Live coverage can be seen on MAVTV at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo

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Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog not to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends. .

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