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GRC Mid-Season Review: Brian Deegan

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

No. 38 Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford Fiesta, Olsbergs MSE

STANDINGS: 3rd, 49 points; three podiums, three heat wins

POSITIVES: Deegan is one of the most active racers in the GRC, trading in his Olsbergs MSE Ford on off weekends for off-road trophy trucks. That frequent seat time, as well as his studious nature and intense focus, is sure to help him keep up peak performance behind the wheel. In fact, Deegan has scored third place finishes in each of the past three races, the only driver in the championship with three podium runs.

NEGATIVES: Those three podium runs could have been four if not for mechanical failure at Charlotte. After winning his first heat, Deegan suffered the issue in the second heat and missed the last chance qualifier entirely, coming out of the season opener with just a single point. In that sense, he’s spent the entire season battling uphill, unless the series elects to give every driver a mulligan round; even then, he’d be two points behind teammate Tanner Foust for the lead right now, 47-45.

OUTLOOK: Charlotte’s disappointment crippled his championship hopes early on, but with Marcus Gronholm’s absence and Foust’s inability to extend an insurmountable lead, Deegan could find a way to get by both of his teammates and take the GRC title. The 2011 X Games gold medalist has an incredible drive to take a victory in one of the final two races, and with both events likely to take place on the sort of huge stages that bring out the best in him, it appears to be only a matter of time. Winning the championship will take some help, though, as he’ll have to get by both Foust and Samuel Hubinette in points.

– Chris Leone

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