Hailie Deegan celebrates the pole for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finale. (Meg Oliphant/NASCAR via Getty Images)

QUALIFYING: Hailie Deegan Scores Second Career Pole For Season Finale

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Hailie Deegan captured her second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West pole on Saturday night, ahead of the season-finale at Kern County Raceway Park.

Deegan, who became the first female in history to win a K&N Pro Series West event at Meridian Speedway last month, posted a time of 18.283 seconds (98.452 mph) around the California oval. In her only previous start at Kern, which came in March, she finished seventh.

As she looks ahead to the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Deegan will look to seal a top five finish in the championship standings and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor. She leads Trevor Huddleston by 12 points in the Rookie standings.

RACING-REFERENCE: NAPA Auto Parts 175 Qualifying Results

Derek Kraus, who has been to Victory Lane in the last two K&N Pro Series West events at Kern, qualified second. Kraus ran a lap of 18.291 seconds (98.409 mph) in the final group of the qualifying session. Ryan Partridge, who was fastest in both practice sessions on Saturday, qualified third with a time of 18.335 seconds.

RACING-REFERENCE: Hailie Deegan’s 2018 Rookie Season in Stats

David Mayhew was fourth, while Cole Rouse, who won last time on the track at All American Speedway, rounded out the top five. Rouse led 26 laps at Kern in March en route to a third-place finish, and has finished inside the top two in four of the last five series events.

Trevor Huddleston was sixth, followed by championship leader Derek Thorn, Kody Vanderwal, Todd Souza and Matt Levin.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West drivers return to the track for the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at 8:30 p.m. PT on Saturday night.