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Deegan Makes History at Meridian, Leads 1-2-3 Finish for BMR Drivers

Hailie Deegan first female win NASCAR KN Pro Series NAPA 2018 celebration

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.

 

Hailie Deegan first female win NASCAR KN Pro Series NAPA 2018 team

 

Deegan’s previous best career finish was second, which she registered on two occasions this year.

 

Derek Kraus KN Pro Series NAPA AUTO PARTS 16 Meridian leading

 

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.

 

Derek Kraus KN Pro Series NAPA AUTO PARTS 16 Meridian pole winner

 

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.

 

Derek Kraus

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

 

Derek Kraus: @derek9kraus
NAPA Racing: @NAPARacing
Bill McAnally Racing: @BMR_NASCAR

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Based in Roseville, California, Bill McAnally Racing fields multiple teams in the ACRA Menards Series (formally NASCAR K&N Pro Series), including the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driven by Austin Herzog. The team has amassed a record 106 wins and 11 championships, with six of those titles earned in the last seven years.

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