There’s no doubt that Hailie Deegan has
the genes to be a successful racer, nor
the team behind her to support that
effort. Her father, Brian Deegan, is a
six-time Lucas Oil Off Road Racing
Series champion and multiple X Games
gold medalist in freestyle MotoX.
Now she has the title to go with her
provenance, along with being named
one of the series’ Drivers of the Year,
shared with legend Rob MacCachren.
Deegan scored four wins on her way
to the 2016 Modified Kart title,
including a win in the finale when she
passed closest title rival Trey D. Gibbs
to take the victory, when all she really
needed was a top- 10 finish.
“I think it shows my competitiveness,”
she says. “I’m not happy with second;
second’s the first loser. I’d rather be off
the podium than not winning. My dad
was telling me on the radio to stay in
second: ‘All you have to do is finish in
the top 10 and you’re the champion.’
I said, ‘No, Dad! I’m going for the win.
It’s all or nothing at this point!”
Next year, the 15-year-old Deegan
will be moving up to Pro Lite, the class
in which her father won three of his
LOORRS titles, in 2009, ’ 11 and ’ 13.
That same competitive spirit that won’t
settle for “best of the rest” should
serve her well as she makes the
transition to the rough-and-tumble
world of short course trucks.
For Mod Kart champ Hailie Deegan,
settling for second doesn’t cut it.
point... Or should that
be rolling point? Carl
Renezeder’s Reno roll
proved crucial to the
final destination of
the Pro 4 title.
(LEFT) Here’s hoping
for another gripping
season of Renezeder
vs. LeDuc in 2017.
(TOP) Hailie Deegan celebrates the 2016 Mod
Kart title with her mom and dad. (ABOVE)
Four wins, including the finale, sealed the deal.
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“ALL OR NOTHING”
makes his living as a real estate developer,
and racing is another – very successful –
athletic pursuit in a history of athletic
pursuits. For LeDuc, though, this is his life,
just as it’s his father Curt’s life. And if you
ask LeDuc, that’s his edge.
“I look at my truck every day,” LeDuc
explains. “I climb around on it. I prep it,
weld on it, tweak it. When I’m at home,
we’re having fun, living life, but making
that truck fast is always turning over in
my mind. I have an awesome crew chief,
but I don’t put all that on him; he’s not
driving the car. I know why it’s pushing.
“It’s different. Whether it’s a good thing
or a bad thing…I don’t know,” he continues.
“Carl Renezeder is no slouch. He’s always
been a badass and will go down in history.
But the approach I bring is different. When
we were battling that last lap, all or nothing,
we’d go down the backstretch rubbing tires
and I’m legitimately laughing in my helmet.
You can’t plan something like that last lap.
It just has to happen. When we get put in a
situation where things have to go our way,
I feel like I made the right choices in a
racecar to get it done.”
LeDuc’s next choice is to build a new
truck for 2017, and the all-conquering
truck he named “Steelo” is on its way to a
new owner. Renezeder is focusing on
refining his program to win another title.
The series and the fans can only hope that
the two approaches end up at the same
point they did in 2016 – down to the final
lap with the championship on the line.
“When I’m at home, we’re
having fun, but making
that truck fast is always
turning over in my mind”
which often put Renezeder as the stalker.
But he also declares that defending was
his weakness against LeDuc: “He’s able to
do some things out there that I can’t do
with my truck. I used to be really good at
that, keeping people behind me, and now
he’s able to find a way around. I have to
figure out how to keep him back there.”
That’s the way a racer thinks, and
LeDuc is no different in that regard. It’s
out of the truck and away from the track
that these competitors approach the
sport from different angles. Renezeder
has been a short course racer for a long
time, but it’s not his totality. He’s not in
his race shop every day, and he’s not
wrenching on the truck at the track. He