Hailie Deegan was fastest in two 60-minute ARCA practice sessions Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Deegan, who will make her debut with DGR-Crosley and Ford Performance in Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200, clocked a lap of 183.572 mph around the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the first of the two practice sessions. Her fast lap came on the 18th of 24 laps that she ran, which was the third-most number of laps of all drivers in that session.
Deegan did not go back out for the second practice.
She was pleased with her effort, particularly since she was able to get some key drafting practice.
“That was the real drafting practice that i had with more than five cars,” Deegan told ARCAracing.com. “I needed that, and I didn’t get a lot of that in the test. It was really good leading the pack too. (The car) felt super stable, not darty at all.”
“That was crazy.” 🤯
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In the second practice, Connor Hall of Chad Bryant Racing was a bit slower than Deegan’s first session at 181.906 mph, followed by Dave Mader (181.837 mph), Dominique Van Wieringen (181.569 mph), Willie Mullins (181.141 mph) and Sean Corr (180.774 mph).
Qualifying takes place Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. ET, with the race slated to tart at 4:30 p.m. ET.
It will be Deegan’s seventh career ARCA race. She made six starts last season with one top five and three other top 10 finishes.