Hailie Deegan Makes First ARCA Michigan Start

Hailie Deegan, No. 4 Monster Energy Ford Fusion

Hailie Deegan will be making her first start at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Sunday. To prepare for the fast two-mile oval, she spent time on the Ford Performance simulator in Concord, N.C., earlier this week and received advice from NASCAR Cup Series veteran David Ragan.

So far this season in 10 ARCA Menards Series starts, Deegan has earned two top-five and eight top-10 finishes. She had the potential for another top-five finish Sunday at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, but had to settle for sixth when rain ended the race after only 127 of 200 laps.

The DGR-Crosley team is taking the same Monster Energy Ford Fusion which Deegan raced at Kentucky Speedway last month. The car has a new front clip after an accident in that race.

The ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be run on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Gold TrackPass. The 100-lap race will be broken into segments with competition breaks on laps 30 and 60.

Deegan on Michigan: “I spent some time on the Ford simulator practicing for Michigan to get a baseline since you don’t know if you will be wide open there because I know they have done a couple things to the ARCA cars now. It’s just kind of guessing how the setup will be, but we’ll figure it out when we get there, although we won’t have a ton of practice. We’ll try to get a decent setup and get a good finish. Being consistent and not making mistakes is so important, along with the car’s setup.”


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