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20 in ’20: Hailie Deegan

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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For the next 20 days, we’ll take a look at 20 drivers who we expect to break out in the 2020 racing season. Check out all of our 20 in ’20 posts right here!

WHO: ARCA Menards Series driver

2019 RESULTS: 3rd, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, 539 points; 14 starts, 2 wins, 8 top-5s, 11 top-10s
28 starts, 2 wins, 9 top-5s, 18 top-10s in ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series
4 starts, best finish 4th in Pro Lite (LOORRS, MSCL, Crandon Off-Road World Championship)

WHY SHE’S ON THE LIST: Deegan has been the biggest new name in NASCAR for the past few years now, earning praise from Kevin Harvick for her on-track prowess while aggravating her rivals by refusing to back down on track. After turning 18 in July, Deegan finally became eligible to run some of stock car racing’s larger tracks, which means we’ll probably see even more of her in 2020 than the 28 races she ran across America earlier this season, or even the four Pro Lite races she snuck into her busy schedule.

Deegan’s 2020 plans have been kept surprisingly quiet up to now, but rumors swirl that Ford Performance’s new development driver announcement for this coming Tuesday will reveal that the longtime Toyota driver will join new Ford converts DGR-Crosley Racing for a combination of ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series events. That would return the family name to the Blue Oval, as her father Brian Deegan has raced Fords to everything from off-road championships to an X Games gold medal in rallycross.  Whether the rumors are true or not, expect the spotlight to be on Deegan in 2020—and expect her to respond with more victories along the way.

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