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Hailie Deegan makes history as first female K&N pole winner


History was made Thursday night in the shadow of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 84.392 mph, Hailie Deegan made became the first female driver to win a pole in the K&N Series. She will lead the Star Nursery 100 field to green Thursday night at the half-mile Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The K&N Pro Series West race will be shown tape delayed at 2:30 p.m. ET Sept. 21 on NBCSN.

“I’m so amped,” the 17-year-old Deegan said on Twitter. “The dirt track, I was hoping it would be my niche and it so happened to be. I’m so pumped; I can’t really put it into words right now. I’ve had some bad luck the last couple of races and I feel like I’m getting out of that. Everything is falling into place.”

Deegan later went on to win her heat race. She finished second in the feature event. Sheldon Creed won.

Deegan’s previous best start in the K&N Series was a third at Sonoma Raceway. She finished seventh in that race.

In her first year of competition, Deegan has scored eight top 10s in 10 races leading up to tonight’s race. Two disappointing results in the 20s came in the last three weeks, however.

Before Thursday, the best starting spot for a female in K&N Pro Series history was held by Dominique Van Wieringen. She started second in three K&N Pro Series East races in 2016.

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Dominique Van Wieringen set for Truck Series debut at Phoenix

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Dominique Van Wieringen will make her Camping World Truck Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night.

Rette Jones Racing, who Van Wieringen competed for in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year, has formed a technical alliance with Young’s Motorsports for Van Wieringen to drive the No. 02.

Van Wieringen earned five top-10 finishes in 14 starts in the K&N East Series, which was her rookie year. She finished ninth in the overall points and became the first female competitor to earn three consecutive top-five finishes in addition to being the highest leading female in the series with 140 laps led.

“I’m very humbled by this opportunity to make my Truck Series debut at Phoenix,” Van Wieringen said in a team release. “We’ve been working hard on this project since the checkered flag flew at Dover in October (for the K&N Series) and I’m excited to go to Phoenix and see what we can do.”

The No. 02 has been driven by five different drivers this season. Tyler Young, the team’s primary driver, earned a season-best sixth-place finish at Daytona in February.

Friday will be the first time Van Wieringen has competed at Phoenix.

“I know Phoenix is going to be a completely different atmosphere for me, but I’m surrounded with a lot of great people who will help me with my learning curve,” Van Wieringen said. “Mark (Rette), my Rette Jones Racing guys and of course the help from Tyler (Young) will no doubt be a huge asset for me.

“I’ve never been to Phoenix, so we just have to use practice to the best of our ability and then work on just getting faster and faster from the first practice to the final practice and then qualifying. I’m pretty sure we’re locked into the race – and that’s a big relief, but I want to qualify on time and then just race towards a clean and respectable finish. If we can do that, it will be a great weekend in the desert.”

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Justin Haley wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship

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DOVER, Del. — Seventeen-year-old Justin Haley won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title by finishing fourth in Friday’s Dover 125 at Dover International Speedway.

Kyle Benjamin scored his third victory in the last five races. Jesse Little was second. Dominique Van Wieringen placed third.

Haley, the nephew of NASCAR team owner Todd Braun, is the only series driver to have finished in the top 10 in all 14 races this year. He finished sixth in the standings last year.

“It’s been a long way coming,” Haley said. “I’m very fortunate and blessed. Now all the stress and all that is lifted.”

Benjamin won the race under caution. Ali Kern and Chad Finchum crashed after the leaders took the white flag to begin the final lap in a race extended one circuit by overtime.

This is the fourth consecutive series title for car owner Harry Scott, co-owner of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks.

So what’s next for Haley?

“I’m not sure,” he said with a smile. “Hopefully something good.”

The race will be shown at 12:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 6 on NBCSN.