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Michael Self, Hailie Deegan finish 1-2 in ARCA season opener

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Michael Self held off a last-lap challenge by Hailie Deegan to win Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

Self started from the pole and led 60 of the 80 laps in the 200-mile event. It was Self’s eighth career ARCA win (in 40 starts), including his second triumph in the season opener at Daytona.

“This is amazing, man, to start the season off like this, it’s unbelievable,” Self told FS1. “It’s just a great day overall. What an amazing car, to have our (Venturini Motorsports) cars finish 1 and 3 (teammate Drew Dollar) is unbelievable.”

Making her rookie effort at Daytona, Deegan becomes the third female (Erin Crocker three times and Shawna Robinson once) to finish runner-up in a race in ARCA Menards Series history. It was also her best finish in seven ARCA starts thus far.

“Coming into this race, my first goal was to finish, second goal was top 3 to top 5, I would have been ecstatic,” Deegan told FS1. “To come out here and finish second, runner-up, nothing could have been better. Obviously, every driver wants to win, but this was a victory for me.”

There were several incidents in the 80-lap, 200-mile event, but none bigger than a wreck on Lap 39 when more than a dozen cars were involved in a high-speed wreck. Among notable drivers involved were David Gravel, Natalie Decker, Andy Seuss and Dominique Van Wierengen.

On Lap 50, Deegan made slight contact with the right rear corner of Chuck Hiers, sending him head-on into the wall. Hiers and Deegan were running fifth and sixth at the time. Deegan’s car was not damaged in the incident.

With 11 laps to go, 2018 NHRA Pro Stock champ Tanner Gray’s day ended early when he was sent to pit road by ARCA officials due to excessive smoke from under the hood. Gray was running fourth when his motor let go.

The next ARCA Menards Series race is March 6 at Phoenix Raceway.

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Hailie Deegan fastest overall in ARCA practices at Daytona

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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.”

Drew Dollar was second-fastest at 183.326 mph, followed by Tanner Gray (183.217 mph), Riley Herbst (183.146 mph) and Bret Holmes (183.061 mph).

PRACTICE SESSION 1 RESULTS

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).

PRACTICE SESSION 2 RESULTS

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.

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Entry list for Camping World Truck Series’ Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway

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There are thirty-four trucks entered into the sixth Camping World Truck Series race of 2015, at Dover International Speedway.

Among the entrants is Ryan Blaney, driving in his first Truck race of 2015 in Brad Keselowski’s No. 29 Ford sponsored by Cooper Standard.

Kyle Busch is not entered and won’t be able to extend his stretch of three wins in the last four Lucas Oil 200 races.

The race airs at Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

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