Sprint Car Insider – LAS VEGAS, Nev. (September 13, 2018) Two fast females added another page in the history books today at the dirt track at Las Vegas motor speedway.
Hailie Deegan became the first female to ever land a NASCAR K&N Pro series pole this afternoon as the series is set to take on the dirt for the first time in its history with the Star Nursery 100 at the dirt track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Within hours, Brooklyn “pretty” Holland, of Fresno, Ca dropped quick time on the Western Race Saver 305 sprint car field on the same surface. Marking a special occasion for females fighting for respect in a male-dominated industry, these two young ladies are not waiting to be accepted; they are breaking down the doors and show the world they mean business.
Deegan, at just 17, is the youngest driver in the NASCAR Next program. With 10 races down in the K&N West Series this year, she has amassed three top 5’s and eight top 10’s. Making her return to racing on dirt, Deegan hoped it would be her niche. With her 21.329 lap time in the number 19 Mobile 1/Napa Premium Plus Toyota, it certainly has proven to be so far. Earning the nickname, “dirt queen,” the task at hand is not complete just yet. Deegan is slated to take on a full field of drivers such as the likes of Christopher Bell and many others looking to write their name in the history books as well.
Brooklyn “pretty” Holland is a young lady currently sitting in the shoes Deegan, and so many other fast women have been in before. Coming from a Micro Sprint background, (600 C.C scaled sprint cars), Holland has been racing since she was 9 years old. This is her rookie campaign in the 305 sprint car ranks aboard the AB Racing, Jus Trucking number 2 sprint car. Holland brings a decorated resume into the sprint car ranks highlighted by a 2015 California Speedweek title, on top of her numerous Jr. Sprint and Restricted track championships. After showing some serious potential in her transition, Holland has aspirations of becoming the next female standout to land an opportunity and excel to higher levels of racing.
What rings true for both these young ladies is proving capable of having what it takes to make it to the next level. Earning respect from seasoned drivers is no easy task for any up and comer. Being talented females, with the drive and ambition matching any race car driver before them, they will have to go the extra mile to gain that respect from their peers.
However, it’s quite evident they have no intention of sitting around and waiting for approval. The results speak for themselves. When they put the helmets on and strap into the car the track knows no gender.
The track owes no one.
These fierce young ladies might have their work cut out for them but they aren’t sitting around waiting for it. They’re out there taking it.
Drivers like Hailie Deegan and Brooklyn Holland are not “fast girls.” – They are just fast.
JJ Cox -
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Grew up going to 50+ Sprint Car races a year and Raced Motocross for 10 years.
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