Friday, October 05, 2018

the highest-level victory for a female in NASCAR history just happened, Hailie Deegan just won her first-career K&N Pro Series West race.

it is her first season in the NASCAR K and N Pro Series

The 17-year-old from Temecula, California, (about 45 minutes North of San Diego on the I 15) led one lap in the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway. But it was the most important of them all.

Pole sitter Derek Kraus brought his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota home in third, completing a podium sweep for Bill McAnally’s stable out of Roseville, California. But after leading over 190 laps without relinquishing the top spot, "then a lapped car spun again,” Kraus said. “I was predicting he was going to roll down because he didn’t have his brakes on yet. But he stayed there, and I was already committed (to the top)"

Deegan used a pass on the white-flag lap to claim the victory and become the first female driver to win in the history of the NASCAR K and N Pro Series.

Twice before Deegan had finished second in a NASCAR K and N Pro Series West race, most recently at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago. That tied the series’ record for highest finish by a woman in either the K and N Pro Series East or West.

Saturday night, she did one better. She won the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway

In an interview after, she remarked with a laugh that shed had to ask about doing a burnout, as that track was so small and she hadn't done one before since she's the rookie in the series.

I'd like to ask her how this changes her life in high school... or is she bypassing that entirely, as it's not necessary once you have a career path that isn't relevant to a gpa.
And, are there risks to bumping with the fender forward of the wheel, in respect to tire damage and limiting your steering?

the K and N Pro Series East or West:
 The East lineage dates to the formation of the old Busch North in 1987, while the West records go back to the Pacific Coast Late Model Series’ first season in 1954.

Exactly why do kids have to wait until 18 to get a drivers permit/license? Obviously, that's not in line with driving ability... must be total lack of training. I'd say that when 17 year olds are winning races like this? They can handle backroads in South Dakota, interstates in Texas, and small town stop light to stop lights in Vermont.

And Rush hour in LA? Well, it's only 5mph anyway! Just take away the cell phones, and let them drive!

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