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NASCAR Truck Series drover Hailie Deegan grew up around racing. Her dad is professional freestyle motocross rider and racing driver Brian Deegan. She grew up racing off-road and on dirt, but in 2016, she switched over to to competing on asphalt and set her sights on being a professional race car driver.
She kicked off her NASCAR career in 2018 at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Shortly after, she became the first female driver to have won races in the West Series, She won this race in 2018 and 2019.
On October 7, 2020, Deegan made her truck debut at the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. A few weeks later, it was announced that she would be racing in the truck series full time.
Deegan was set to race in the Freedom 500 on April 2nd in Bradenton, Florida, and her reason is incredibly scary.
In a YouTube video posted on April 4th, she and her boyfriend, former NASCAR driver Chase Cabre, reveal that she was fearful for her life after receiving several death threats from a man who lives near her home in North Carolina.
She said, “There was an eight-page, hand-written letter sent to David Gilliland Racing, which is the team I race for in the truck series, stating that he was dating me, in a relationship with me for multiple months. That he was in love with me, infatuated with me, that I was his soul mate and it kind of scared me a little bit, because I’ve dealt with stalker situations before.”
She ended up looking the man up and figured out he was being catfished by a fake Hailie Deegan account. He was under the impression that he and the Hailie Deegan he was talking to were in a relationship and that her relationship with Cabre is a publicity stunt and that Cabre beats Deegan, which is completely false.
“Obviously none of that is true,” Deegan said. “But it makes them feel a lot of anger toward Chase. Then this guy gets wrapped up in this whole deal believing Chase beats me. I wouldn’t really be worried about this if the fact wasn’t that this guy lives near my race shop, where I live, my home and it makes me uncomfortable. It makes me scared.”
The couple kept a close eye on his posts, but it didn’t really worry them until he pretty much said he was going to kill Cabre.
“His exact words were words were, not that he’s going to kill Chase, but that he’s going to come, and he is going to be the last thing Chase ever sees.”
The man, who Deegan described as a 36-year-old male with priors, would upload photos of him holding a gun and tag Deegan and Cabre.
“I’m so over it and these messages have gotten progressively worse,” Deegan said. “When you get tagged in pictures of guns and knives, literally by the hour. This guy is very persistent on social media… probably 100 times a day.”
Deegan said in the video that former boss boss of the man reached out to one of Cabre’s family members to “warn him of the situation because at work he was always talking about how he was going to kill Chase and how much he hates Chase.”
How scary! We hope this situation gets resolved soon so she can be back on the track!
Watch her YouTube video below.