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Hailie Deegan on Pole for SRX Heat 1 at Stafford

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Hailie Deegan will lead the field to green in heat one of the Camping World SRX Series event at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Deegan finished fifth in the SRX feature at Stafford in the season-opening event.

The event was originally scheduled for Thunder Road International Speedbowl, but heavy flooding in Vermont forced the series to return to Stafford for the second consecutive event.

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Starting alongside Deegan will be 2021 SRX champion Tony Stewart.

Row two features Paul Tracy, who started second in heat one last week. Joining him is Ryan Newman, who finished runner-up to Denny Hamlin in the season opener.

A couple of former NASCAR Cup Series veterans, Greg Biffle and Ken Schrader, make up row three in fifth and sixth, respectively. It is Biffle’s debut in the 2023 SRX season.

Two current Cup drivers comprise row four, with Brad Keselowski starting in eighth and Daniel Suarez, kicking off his SRX debut, in ninth.

Bobby Labonte and Marco Andretti complete the top 10 for heat one.

Local favorite and Cup driver Ryan Preece makes his debut in a 13th entry for the race. Alongside him in row six will be Kenny Wallace, who is making the first of two scheduled SRX starts this summer.

Stafford will be the first race of the 2023 season with 13 entries as 2004 NTT IndyCar Series champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan rounds out the field.

The second race of the 2023 SRX season will take place on Thursday, July 20, with coverage provided by ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

About the author

Luken Glover arrived on the Frontstretch scene in 2020. He has been an avid NASCAR fan for the majority of his life, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who used to help former team owner Junie Donlavey in his garage. Glover covers news for the site and took over "The Underdog House" column in 2021. In addition to being a college junior, his hobbies include volunteering at church, playing basketball and tennis, racing go-karts, and helping at his high school alma mater.

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