DEEGAN MAKES HISTORY AT MERIDIAN, LEADS 1-2-3 FINISH FOR BMR DRIVERS
Hailie Deegan scored the victory in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Idaho 208 at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway on Saturday night, making history as the first female driver to win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and leading a 1-2-3 finish for Bill McAnally Racing.
Driving the No. 19 Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, 17-year-old Deegan, who hails from Temecula, Calif., edged out her Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Rouse with a last-lap pass to win by .329 seconds and lead the 1-2-3 finish for BMR. Derek Kraus, who led 190 laps in dominating the event, ended up third.
Deegan’s previous best career finish was second, which she registered on two occasions this year.
Kraus dominated the Meridian race, leading from the pole in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry and pacing the field for 190 circuits of the 208-lap event. He lost the lead when he took evasive action to avoid a lapped car that spun. Rouse then moved by Kraus to put his No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry into the lead, with Deegan close behind.
Rouse led the field to the restart and Deegan mounted her challenge as the laps would down, making the pass for the lead on the final lap.
Start / Finish: 1 / 3 Points Earned: 43 Points Standing / Total: 4th / 466 pts.
Next Race: All American Speedway, Roseville, Calif., Oct. 13 How to Watch or Listen: NBCSN
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