Hailie Deegan becomes first female to win K&N Pro Series race

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Hailie Deegan (Getty Images)

Hailie Deegan won the NAPA Auto Parts/Idaho 208 race Saturday night at Meridian Speedway, becoming the first female to ever win in the K&N Pro Series.

Deegan, 17, took the lead from Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Rouse on the white-flag lap.

“Oh my god,” Deegan said after the race. “This has to be the best day of my life right here. It doesn’t get any better than this. People don’t understand how many days, how many hours I’ve put into this. How much work I’ve done to get to this moment. It’s just amazing … this is the happiest day of my life. We did it.”

Deegan has five top-five finishes and 10 top 10s to go with her lone win through 12 of 14 K&N Pro Series West races.

The series is set to return Oct. 13 in Roseville, Calif.