One of the biggest and most popular NASCAR prospects will make her jump to the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series starting in 2021.
Hailie Deegan will join the DGR-Crosley Truck Series stable full-time next season. Deegan will also be a contender for the Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Title.
The news was broken during the Clean Harbors 200 at Kansas Speedway on the FOX Broadcast, showing a video Deegan shot with Ford.
“I am excited for this next step in my career with Ford Performance,” Deegan said. “I have raced trucks in the off-road world but to now have the opportunity to race trucks next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a dream come true. I have some great partners already behind me for next season. We have a few primaries still available and I hope that we can fill these up in the coming weeks. I can’t wait for Daytona 2021 to get here.”
Mark Rushbrook, who serves as the global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, talked about her progress in a media release.
“We are very happy with Hailie’s progress as demonstrated in her first year as a part of our Ford Performance driver development program,” Rushbrook said. “Continuing with the consistency from DGR-Crosley, Hailie is ready to make the step to the NASCAR Truck Series, providing some intense competition and great racing.”
DGR-Crosley co-owner David Gilliland expressed excitement in the next step for the young driver.
“I’ve enjoyed watching Hailie progress in the ARCA Menards Series this season and prepare for the next step in her racing career, moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2021,” said David Gilliland, co-owner, DGR-Crosley. “I’m happy DGR-Crosley can be part of her learning process as she transitions to the next level of competition and we’re all excited to start prepping for next season with her.”
Deegan has spent this past season running full-time in the ARCA Menards Series for the DGR-Crosley team in the No. 4 Fusion.
She finished the season at Kansas, placing sixth in the race, notching her 17th top-10 of the season on top of four top-5 finishes. She finished a career best second twice during the 2020 season. She finished the season 3rd in points, only 66 markers behind champion Bret Holmes.
As far as sponsorship for Deegan’s Truck series season in 2021, no additional sponsorship has been confirmed, however long-time partner Monster and Toter could follow her to the Truck Series. Ford will serve as the primary sponsor for here first truck start of 2020 at Kansas.