Future Watch: Hailie Deegan Rookie NASCAR Cards

Future Watch: Hailie Deegan Rookie NASCAR CardsFuture Watch: Hailie Deegan Rookie NASCAR CardsHailie Deegan was born in Temecula, California in 2001. She was drawn to racing at an early age and began riding dirt bikes at age seven. At age eight, she began off-road racing. She competed in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In 2013, she became the first female to win a championship in that series. Deegan would go on to become the 2015 Modified Kart Regional Champion. The next year, she won the Modified Kart National Championship. In 2016, she was named Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Deegan would transition to asphalt racing in 2016. That year, she was a NASCAR Drive for Diversity member and would receive the NASCAR Diversity Young Racer award in 2017. Deegan was one of nine drivers named to the 2017 NASCAR Next class, making her the youngest and only female member.

On January 3rd, 2018, Deegan became a full-time driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for Bill McAnally Racing. She was the only female driver to compete full-time in either 2018 K&N Series. Deegan put forth a strong rookie season in 2018, earning praise from 2014 Spring Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. On May 19th, she recorded her first top-five finish when she finished fourth at Orange Show Speedway.

Hailie Deegan became the first woman in NASCAR history to win a pole at the K&N Level when she qualified on pole position for the Star Nursery 100. In that race, she would lead for 13 laps and tied a career best result with a second place finish. Later that year, she would earn her first K&N Pro Series victory in a wild race at Meridian Speedway in Idaho. Deegan would pass BMR teammate Cole Rouse on the final lap to win the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. Deegan would close out her year by winning Rookie of the Year honors for the 2018 K&N Pro Series West.

The future is bright for the 17-year-old Californian. On March 1st, she announced plans to compete in six races for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Menards Series. She also plans to drive for the team in the second K&N Pro Series East Race at Bristol later this summer. With both of her wins coming in the last lap, you can never count Hailie Deegan out of a race. Her rookie cards are already a hot commodity, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t gain value as she continues to win.

Collectors can find Hailie Deegan’s rookie cards in 2018 Panini Prizm, Certified, Donruss and Victory Lane. You can also find her certified autographs from those sets, which have been selling strong.

Follow her on Twitter @HailieDeegan.

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