This young woman is the future of NASCAR


Back up, boys. You don't run the track anymore.

One of the most exciting aspects of NASCAR's Next Class has to be the inclusion of 15-year-old Hailie Deegan. The daughter of X-Games legend Brian Deegan, Hailie is dedicated to using her impressive racing pedigree to becoming unstoppable on the track. At a recent press event celebrating the Next Class, Hailie said, "I'd love to be a seven-time champion."

Hell yeah.

Hailie is the single female out of the group of nine racers who were chosen for the 2017-2018 NASCAR Next class, and her success could help to modernize a male-dominated sport. Hailie is aware of her landmark status. "Jimmie Johnson came from the same sort of racing I did," Hailie said. "The only difference is that I'm a girl."


Here's to hoping Hailie has a long career at the front of the pack, encouraging other young women to get involved in the sport, shifting the demographics of the drivers.

H/T Reid Spencer

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