Hailie Deegan muscled her way into Victory Lane on Saturday night.
The 17-year-old NASCAR prospect won the K&N Pro Series West race at Colorado National Speedway after spinning Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus in overtime.
Deegan made her power move under the white flag after she and Kraus had made contact moments earlier.
“In the end, Derek ran me hard there so I was going to run him hard back. In the end, that’s racing,” she said. “We’re all going for the kill, so . . . I got the win, that’s all that matters. Woo!”
Deegan elaborated while riding away from the track, saying Kraus initiated the contact:
Kraus, of course, wasn’t happy with Deegan’s move.
He also knows full well he won’t get much sympathy with Deegan being in the other car.
McAnally told NASCAR.com that seeing Deegan and Kraus race for the win was “pretty special,” but he added that the wreck made the finish “bittersweet.”
“That’s what they’re here to do: win and develop. They’re doing a pretty good job of that,” McAnally said.
Online reaction to the finish was mixed, to put it mildly. A sample:
The victory was Deegan’s second of the K&N West season and the third of her career.
Kraus leads the series standings by 12 points over second-place Deegan, so expect the two to race each other hard a lot more.
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