Over the past few years NASCAR has worked hard to diversify its teams from pit crew members to drivers. While the pit crews show the most increase in female and minority personnel; there have been some advances in the drivers as well.
Currently the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series is the only one of the three NASCAR racing series that features any full time female drivers – Jennifer Jo Cobb and Natalie Decker – and the only series with a female owner in Jennifer Jo Cobb.
The Gander Truck Series is about to get another female driver when 19 year old Hallie Deegan gets behind the wheel for her debut in the Truck Series.
Deegan is set to drive the DGR-Crosley number 17 truck at Kansas Speedway on October 17 in The Clean Harbors 200 – the next race for the Truck Series. The number 17 truck runs only part time in the Truck Series and has had several different drivers behind the wheel. Deegan will join DGR-Crosely full time driver Tanner Gray.
Deegan is a full time driver in the ARCA Series where she has taken her number four car to the finish line in the top 10 in 16 of the 19 races she has run. She is currently ranked number three in the standings in the ARCA Series.
While she has yet to win in the ARCA Series, Deegan has three victories in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2018 and 2019.
feature photo credit: By Talladega87 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70890799