NASCAR K&N Pro Series results from The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Star Nursery 100
The night began with Hailie Deegan setting the pole time of 21.329 seconds. She became the first ever female to capture a pole position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
“I’m so amped,” Deegan said. “The dirt track, I was hoping it’d be my niche, and it just so happened to be. I’m so pumped. I’ve had some bad luck the last couple races and I feel like we’re getting out of that. Everything’s falling into place. So hopefully we can pull off the win tonight.”
Hailie Deegan, Derek Kraus, Derek Thorn and Cole Rouse won their respective heats prior to Thursday night’s Star Nursery 100 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
Hailie Deegan was on track to pick up here first win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. However, the green dropped, the dust kicked up, drivers couldn’t see and the crashing began. Dirt tracks are dusty in the desert.
Deegan ended up suffering from mechanical issues. Midway through the race, she had shifter issues and had to hit the pit lane. The team went to work on the machine and was able to get it fixed.
Deegan drove through the entire field. She came back up to finish 2nd, just short of the K&N Pro Series win.
Instead, Sheldon Creed picked up his first win in the series.
“It’s pretty cool,” Creed said of his first win in the series. “We got close once or twice last year. Led Dover until like 20 to go and blew a tire. I thought we gave a couple away last year, so it’s really cool to come here this year and finish it off.”
“This whole deal was last minute,” Creed said. “I was going (run this race) with Jefferson Pitts Racing earlier in the year when we talked about it and then things changed. Levin Racing was kind of the only car open and JPR mentioned it to us.”
“Pretty cool to put this together two weeks ago, they did everything we wanted. Just super thankful for them,” Creed concluded.
Hailie Deegan was noticeably frustrated as she climbed from the cockpit of her machine. She detailed her race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway…
“It was a struggle,” Deegan said of the 100-lap event. “I knew it was going to be a struggle from the get-go, but that was difficult. I just kept overdriving it from the initial start.”
“I dropped back, jammed the shifter from third to fourth … and I think we chipped some teeth off the gears or something because it kept popping out of fourth every other lap or so. We had to battle that all night.”
“In the end we fought back,” she said. “I think with another lap or two, we definitely could have had him. … I knew I was in the best position to strike. I expected Sheldon to overdrive the first corner a little more, but he’s good driver, he’s done this before, he’s raced ARCA on dirt. He knows to protect that last corner. He knew what do to and drove a smart race.”
The Dirt Track K&N Pro Series TV Date: The Star Nursery 100 is scheduled to air Friday September 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
View The Dirt Track race results featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
The Dirt Track Race Results
NASCAR K&N Pro Series
September 13, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Qualifying: 1. Hailie Deegan (21.329); 2. Derek Kraus (21.375); 3. Derek Thorn (21.425); 4. Cole Rouse; 5. Ryan Partridge; 6. Sheldon Creed; 7. Christopher Bell; 8. Tim Ward; 9. Kody Vanderwal; 10. Trevor Huddleston; 11. Brendan Gaughan; 12. Buddy Shepherd; 13. Austin Reed; 14. Matt Levin; 15. Todd Souza; 16. Cole Keatts; 17. Hollis Thackeray; 18. Tim Spurgeon; 19. Michael Kofoid; 20. Bill Kann; 21. Vanessa Robinson; 22. Takuma Koga; 23. David Hibbard;
Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Hailie Deegan; 2. Ryan Partridge; 3. Kody Vanderwal; 4. Hollis Thackeray; 5. Austin Reed; 6. Vanessa Robinson;
Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Derek Kraus; 2. Sheldon Creed; 3. Trevor Huddleston; 4. Takuma Koga; 5. Matt Levin; 6. Tim Spurgeon;
Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Derek Thorn; 2. Christopher Bell; 3. Brendan Gaughan; 4. Michael Kofoid; 5. Todd Souza; 6. David Hibbard;
Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. Cole Rouse; 2. Buddy Shepherd; 3. Cole Keatts; 4. Tim Ward; 5. Bill Kann;
Main Event: 1. Sheldon Creed; 2. Hailie Deegan; 3. Derek Thorn; 4. Cole Keatts; 5. Brendan Gaughan; 6. Cole Rouse; 7. Trevor Huddleston; 8. Ryan Partridge; 9. Matt Levin; 10. Christopher Bell; 11. Austin Reed; 12. Venessa Robinson; 13. Bill Kann; 14. Tim Ward; 15. David Hibbard; 16. Takuma Koga; 17. Derek Kraus; 18. Todd Souza; 19. Tim Spurgeon; 20. Kody Vanderwal; 21. Michael Kofoid; 22. Rich DeLong III; 23. Buddy Shepherd; 24. Hollis Thackeray;