|Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Monster Energy Ford F-150|
Deegan started from the 26th spot for her first NCWTS start at Talladega. On lap 14, the Monster Energy driver was in the 18th spot and reported her F-150 was feeling loose. She closed out the first stage in the 22nd position. Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. called Deegan down pit road during the break for fuel and an adjustment to tighten up her No. 1 truck. The California native started Stage 2 and worked her way up to 13th when a caution came out on lap 29. Deegan stayed out and the remainder of the stage ran under green. At the end of the stage, Deegan radioed to her crew that her truck was feeling much better and she just needed to be tightened up a little bit. The Monster Energy driver concluded the stage 29th. In the final stage, Deegan worked her way forward in the field from the 21st position. With 40 laps to go, the Ford driver was in the 12th spot. On lap 58, the caution was displayed for a 21-truck accident. Deegan escaped with minor damage to her No. 1 Ford and a flat tire. Before the red flag was displayed for track clean up, she made her way to pit road for service. Once the race resumed under yellow, Deegan came back down pit road and topped off with fuel to help with the team’s strategy. On the lap-63 restart, Deegan began to charge back through the field. She was running in the top-15 when another multi-truck accident ensued on lap 77 and the F-150 received major damage from contact with another competitor. Deegan was forced to the garage and her day ended prematurely. She was relegated to a 24th-place finish.
|Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150|
Gray started 22nd at the 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In Stage 1, Gray reported his Ford Performance F-150 was pretty free and moving around a lot. He completed the stage 16th and visited pit road for fuel, four tires and adjustments to tighten up his F-150.Throughout Stage 2, Gray jockeyed for position in the top-10. Even with a loose F-150, the Ford driver closed out the stage with a seventh-place finish. During the stage break, Gray brought his truck to the attention of his crew for two right-side tires, fuel and an adjustment to tighten the Ford Performance F-150. Gray started the final stage from the fourth position. He once again continued to battle in the top-10. Unfortunately, on lap 58 contact between competitors in front of Gray caused a melee which sent Gray into the wall. The damage ended the young driver’s day and resulted in a 34th-place finish.
|Next event: United Rentals 200 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on October 30 at 1 p.m. ET.|