2018 NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208
|Race 12 of 14 in the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season|
|Date||September 29, 2018|
|Location||Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho|
Permanent racing facility|
.250 mi (0.402336 km)
|Distance||208 laps, 52 mi (83.68 km)|
|Average speed||48.916 miles per hour (78.723 km/h)|
|Driver||Bill McAnally Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Derek Kraus||Bill McAnally Racing|
|No. 19||Hailie Deegan||Bill McAnally Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Dave Burns and Brandon McReynolds|
The 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race held at Meridan Speedway in Meridian, Idaho. Hailie Deegan won the race, the first ever victory by a female in K&N Pro Series history. Her Bill McAnally Racing teammates Cole Rouse and Derek Kraus finished second and third respectively. Kraus won the pole and led the most laps, leading the first 189 of 208.
Derek Kraus took the pole and led the first 189 laps. With 20 laps to go, Taylor Canfield, who was making his series debut, spun in front of Kraus and blocked the racetrack. Kraus tried to avoid him but hit the outside wall and lost the lead to his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Rouse. After the ensuing caution, Rouse held the lead until the final lap of the race, when Hailie Deegan tapped his left-rear quarter panel in turn one, making a last-lap pass. Deegan went on to score the win, the first of her career, while Rouse and Kraus finished second and third to complete a podium sweep for BMR. Deegan led only the final lap.
Deegan, speaking after the race.
Deegan's victory was her first career win and the first win by a female in history at the K&N Pro Series West level of NASCAR. Deegan was ecstatic after the win, explaining, "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."
Immediately following the race, Rouse expressed displeasure with Deegan's bump and run-style pass on the final lap, saying, "We were going into Turn 1...and she doesn't lift and drives into me, gets me completely sideways. We were going to win that race if it was run clean, but unfortunately it wasn't." He continued by saying he would race Deegan hard the last two races of the season: "I'm just going to go into the next two races, not give her any slack and we're going to win both of those. It was a good night, but I don't really care about second, honestly." The next day, however, Rouse tweeted that he "got over it quick" and called Deegan "an amazing girl and amazing talent," adding, "I'm happy for her! She made history and I'm a part of it." Kraus, meanwhile, was unhappy due to the incident with Canfield (Canfield's third of the night). "We led 190+ laps, then a lapped car spun again. I was predicting he was going to roll down because he didn't have his brakes on yet. But he stayed there, and I was already committed [to the top]...and I guess NASCAR ruled me third. I don't know, I guess we'll go onto Roseville and Kern and win them two."
|1||16||Derek Kraus||Bill McAnally Racing||Toyota||13.244||67.955|
|2||9||Ryan Partridge||Sunrise Ford Racing||Ford||13.257||67.889|
|3||99||Cole Rouse||Bill McAnally Racing||Toyota||13.344||67.446|
|4||19||Hailie Deegan||Bill McAnally Racing||Toyota||13.353||67.401|
|5||6||Derek Thorn||Sunrise Ford Racing||Ford||13.418||67.074|
|6||27||Jeff Jefferson||Jefferson Pitts Racing||Ford||13.431||67.009|
|7||22||Trevor Huddleston||Sunrise Ford Racing||Ford||13.481||66.761|
|8||10||Matt Levin||Norman Levin Racing||Chevrolet||13.524||66.548|
|9||43||Kody Vanderwal||Patriot Motorsports Group||Ford||13.544||66.450|
|10||91||Kyle Tellstrom||Patriot Motorsports Group||Toyota||13.752||65.445|
|11||77||Andrew Koens||Performance P-1 Motorsports||Toyota||13.757||65.421|
|12||11||Takuma Koga||John Krebs Racing||Chevrolet||13.802||65.208|
|13||08||Travis Milburn||Patriot Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||13.881||64.837|
|14||36||Sting Ray Robb||Patriot Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||14.072||63.957|
|15||32||Taylor Canfield||Patriot Motorsports Group||Toyota||14.447||62.168|
|1||4||19||Hailie Deegan||Bill McAnally Racing||Toyota||208||1||Running||4713|
|2||3||99||Cole Rouse||Bill McAnally Racing||Toyota||208||18||Running||431|
|3||1||16||Derek Kraus||Bill McAnally Racing||Toyota||208||189||Running||432|
|4||5||6||Derek Thorn||Sunrise Ford Racing||Ford||208||0||Running||40|
|5||2||9||Ryan Partridge||Sunrise Ford Racing||Ford||208||0||Running||39|
|6||7||22||Trevor Huddleston||Sunrise Ford Racing||Ford||207||0||Running||38|
|7||8||10||Matt Levin||Norman Levin Racing||Chevrolet||207||0||Running||37|
|8||6||27||Jeff Jefferson||Jefferson Pitts Racing||Ford||207||0||Running||36|
|9||9||43||Kody Vanderwal||Patriot Motorsports Group||Ford||207||0||Running||35|
|10||14||36||Sting Ray Robb||Patriot Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||206||0||Running||34|
|11||11||77||Andrew Koens||Performance P-1 Motorsports||Toyota||205||0||Running||33|
|12||15||32||Taylor Canfield||Patriot Motorsports Group||Toyota||182||0||Running||32|
|13||13||08||Travis Milburn||Patriot Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||151||0||Oil line||31|
|14||12||11||Takuma Koga||John Krebs Racing||Chevrolet||47||0||Drive shaft||30|
|15||10||91||Kyle Tellstrom||Patriot Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||14||0||Engine||29|
1 Includes one bonus point for leading a lap
2 Includes two bonus points for leading the most laps
3 Includes three bonus points for winning the race
Standings after the race
|2||Ryan Partridge||473 (–32)|
|3||Cole Rouse||473 (–32)|
|4||Derek Kraus||466 (–39)|
|5||1||Hailie Deegan||438 (–67)|
|6||1||Trevor Huddleston||430 (–75)|
|7||Kody Vanderwal||412 (–93)|
|8||Matt Levin||354 (–151)|
|9||Takuma Koga||333 (–172)|
|10||Todd Souza||237 (–268)|
- Note: Only the top ten positions are included for the driver standings.
- Staff report (September 30, 2018). "Hailie Deegan makes history with K&N Pro Series West win". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- Torres, Luis. "Heartbreak Creates History: Hailie Deegan Captures Maiden Win at Meridian". Motorsports Tribune. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- Utter, Jim (September 30, 2018). "Hailie Deegan says first NASCAR win is "best day of my life"". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- Long, Dustin (September 30, 2018). "Historic: Hailie Deegan becomes first woman to win K&N Pro Series race". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- Segal, Davey (September 30, 2018). "Hailie Deegan Makes History With K&N Pro Series West Win at Meridian". NASCAR Home Tracks. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- Cole Rouse [@colerouse2] (September 30, 2018). "Good job to a badass girl @HailieDeegan yeah I was mad at the time about the bump and run but I got over it quick. She's an amazing girl and amazing talent. I'm happy for her! She made history and I'm a part of it" (Tweet). Retrieved September 30, 2018 – via Twitter.
- "2018 NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 qualifying results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
- "2018 NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved October 19, 2018.