It was back in the early 80’s, and the guys in 38 Special knew they had played to packed houses in the Northeast before, so why not play the huge Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey’s Meadowlands? I mean, they had a couple hit records and some hot FM radio singles like “Hold On Loosely” and “Caught Up In You” under their belt, so their confidence was brimming. But as band co-founder and sole survivor Don Barnes tells it, their management and handlers didn’t share the band’s belief they could fill the big venue.“They were all like, ‘You don’t really want to go in there and embarrass yourself, ‘cuz you might get like half house,’ ” Barnes said recently from the road, a place he knows well after 40 years out on it. “We kept thinkin’ that we have been back there so many times, we really feel like they would come out and see us. And they thought ‘Well, it’s your funeral, we’re gonna advise you against that, you might want to play a smaller venue, ‘ but we were pretty stubborn about it, and kept saying ‘No, we can do it.’ And buddy, let me tell ya, 24,000 people came out there, and they had to eat their words. That’s one of the cherished memories of up and coming, to finally reach that pinnacle.”It’s around 35 years later, and 38 Special has pretty much gone the way all the other big Southern rock bands have gone — except maybe the Allman Brothers — where arenas are no longer on the itinerary. But as with many of their counterparts, the baby boomers that showed up at the big gigs back then are still rabid fans today who love hearing the music of their youth, so packed clubs, theaters and festivals are still the order of the day, like the fifteen or so thousand who showed up at a recent outdoor show in Illinois. The last remaining member left from the original lineup, Barnes founded 38 Special with childhood pal and former 38 Special lead singer Donnie Van Zant while living in Jacksonville in 1974. Van Zant is the younger brother of the legendary Ronnie Van Zant, who fronted Lynyrd Skynyrd until his death in a plane crash in 1977, and the older sibling of Johnny Van Zant, who would eventually take over for Ronnie and who sings with Skynyrd today.“We grew up on the same street (as the Van Zants), when I was a kid,” the affable Barnes said. “Three guys who ended up in 38 Special also lived on Woodcrest Road. It was a big four lane road, and when we were young, our parents wouldn’t allow us to go on the other side of Woodcrest, that’s where the Van Zants lived. There were over there on the ‘bad side of town,’ the wrong side of the tracks kinda thing.”Barnes saw his buddies in Skynyrd slowly climbing their way towards success, so he and Van Zant decided they would give rock and roll a shot too. And the camraderie with the guys in what would become Skynyrd was a key component in Barnes learning the rock and roll ropes.“I was right there in the middle of all this history being made,” Barnes continued. “Ridin’ my bike to go to (Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist) Allen Collins‘ house when I was 13 years old, him having some European English import records, and we’d sit down and we’d pick out guitar licks, and he would show me a few things. I mean, this was (one of the guys) who wrote “Free Bird” eventually, ya know. He would have a big Vox Super Beatle amp in his hallway and he’d just be rattling the windows when his Mom would come in from work, and she’d be so proud of her son. My mother would never let that happen in my house. And Ronnie, he was four years older and a big mentor as well for us.”Being a navy town, Jacksonville was full of venues the sailors would frequent on leave, and it gave budding young Southern rockers ample opportunities to play live and hone both their performing and songwriting chops.“They had four naval bases there,” Barnes said, “so all of us kids, I mean from Duane Allman and Gregg Allman to Ronnie Van Zant, everybody played the sailor’s clubs. We were fifteen years old making a hundred bucks a week, that was big money for a fifteen year old kid. There we learned the foundations, the structures of the craft of songwriting, playing the hits of the day, radio songs, and you realized it was a craft, there was a system to it where you have the A section and a B section and then a ramp that goes up to the chorus, and then the bridge and that kind of thing. You learned the structures at an early age. And then we’d get cocky and think, ‘Oh well I can write my own songs now.’ And that’s when you go starve for ten years.”Barnes and Van Zant played in “like, fifteen bands before 38 Special” and then began to pick up the stronger guys from other local groups as they began to focus on their big dream.“It started like any band, you play in somebody’s garage and get the cops called on you for playing too loud. But you really tried to get guys who would commit to it. Skynyrd was kinda just taking off and we thought that we were really gonna be serious about it. But it was hard, we all had day jobs too. I wouldn’t recommend it to many kids today, because you work so so hard, and there are no guarantees, and you can give 110% and still not make it. But it does build character, I guess.”After conquering the local bar scene, 38 Special sucked it up taking warm up slots often on three act bills playing mostly to alot of yet-to-be-filled chairs, but to their major credit, they played as if their lives depended on it, keeping the standards high no matter what the crowd was. And it turned out that being humble and working hard was well worth the effort.“We tried to act like we were the headliner, ya know like God help who was following us, we tried to throw it all down at ’em, so hopefully they would go home and tell somebody. Just keeping that high standard. We felt like if we got a couple of sentences at the bottom of the review the next day, you know it’d say, ‘Peter Frampton did blah blah, and Gary Wright did this, and 38 Special delivered a lively set at 7 0’clock,’ we thought wow, that could mean something! But it never really did.”Along with the Van Zants, Barnes and his 38 Special boys, and the Allman Brothers, Jacksonville was also a rock and roll breeding ground for the likes of former Eagle Don Felder, Stephen Stills and in nearby Gainesville, Tom Petty, among others. So what was it about this Florida navy town that made it a mecca for young soon-to-be rock superstars?“People ask what’s in the water down there, I don’t know,” Barnes said. “But I’ll tell ya, comin’ from the west side of Jacksonville, it’s pretty much no man’s land, you either end up drivin’ a truck or goin’ to prison or something. I really think there’s a thread of that underdog spirit, ya know, that comes from not being from New York or L.A. so you really gotta show your stuff to people, you gotta put it in their face, get out there and make your statement. I think that’s what the underlying aggression, the big strong guitars, ya know, “Listen to me!” You’re there screamin’ at people, basically to pay attention, because you’re not fashionable, you’re not from a hip place. I think that common thread of the underdog spirit is what is prevalent with all those people.”After two middling albums in the mid-70’s kept the band a relative unknown outside of the South, 38 Special shifted into more of an arena-style Southern rock sound and got some attention in 1980 with their third effort Rockin’ Into The Night, but it would be their next two albums Wild Eyed Southern Boys (1981) and Special Forces (1982) that would vault them up onto that elusive next level of stardom. Two Barnes-penned and sung singles, “Hold on Loosely and “Caught Up In You”, were the lightning in the bottle that got them that coveted heavy FM radio airplay and seats began filling in arenas. But Barnes is quick to point out that the road to making it is long and arduous, and can sometimes temper the success.“It’s such a long road, and it’s tiny baby steps at a time, and when things started happening, you’re a little bit anxious about it all because you worked so hard for so long. It took a lot longer than we thought it would, ya know, we’d do interviews and people would ask, ‘How do you feel now that you’ve made it?’ and we were just so weary. Our management was always about pushing forward, saying don’t be complacent, because there are bigger things to get. If I had to do it all over again, I’d try to enjoy myself a little bit more. Because it was always about push push push all the time, there were times when we’d do nine months of a tour to promote the record, then you’d have to do another record, but you have no songs written, not one note, and you’re so burned out from the road.”Barnes left the band in 1987 — “It had been ten years of absolute pushing and I was worn out”– and had a solid solo album done and ready for release, but it never saw the light of day, becoming a casualty of the sale of A & M Records. It was a crushing blow for Barnes: “I went on vacation after that, I said I’m going to the islands somewhere, and I did.” He eventually rallied and rejoined 38 Special in 1992, and has been the driving force and band anchor ever since. “I picked up right where I left off,” he said. “There were no ill feelings. Once we lit it all back up, it was all back, the formula was there. We kept going onward and upward, ya know.”What keeps Don Barnes — or any of his fellow Southern rock survivors for that matter who are still out there banging away four decades later (like Henry Paul with the Outlaws, Doug Gray with the Marshall Tucker Band and Gary Rossington with Lynyrd Skynyrd) — still working hard out there on the road, playing dozens of shows a year to adoring fans, after all this time? It’s all about using the emotion of the songs they remember to create an experience for those fans, and giving them something special every night.“I guess it’s that instant reaction in people’s faces,” Barnes said. “These songs have a history all their own, so when we go out there, we take the crowd up, up, up up and they are just manic at the end because we’re unfolding all the history from the beginning. We’re there to make sure they have the greatest time. We see ’em singing along, giving each other high fives, clapping and yelling, and we also see tears in someone’s eyes if a song reminds them of something or someone. And you see these kids, they’ve learned about all the songs through games and stuff. That is the fuel right there, seeing something you created from that long ago, that after all the scratching and all the suffering, it really worked out OK. You really mean something to these people. It really is special to us.”
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona has announced an impressive multi-genre lineup featuring The Black Keys, The Strokes, The Replacements and many more. The festival will take place May 27-30, 2015. Tickets are on sale here.So, who’s ready to take a quick trip over to Spain?Primavera Sound Lineup:The StrokesThe ReplacementsBlack KeysBelle and SebastianRideSleater-KinneyPatti SmithRun the JewelsFoxygenInterpolThe Julie RuinJames BlakePanda BearThe New PornographersDeath From Above 1979SpiritualizedtUnE-yArDsTwin ShadowMac DeMarcoSwansIceageHiss Golden MessengerFucked UpKelelaAriel PinkMikal CroninOughtMineralalt-JSunn O)))The Thurston Moore BandTyler, the CreatorThe HotelierJulian Casablancas + the VoidzPerfume GeniusUnderworldPallbearerCaribouUnknown Mortal OrchestraMournTorresMy Brightest DiamondHEALTHBabes in ToylandThee Oh SeesSingle MothersEx HexShellac
With the UN Climate Change Conference set to take place from November 30th through December 11th in Paris, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, fellow Atoms for Peace bandmate and Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea, Patti Smith, and Dhani Harrison, along with several others have announced a performance at the Le Trianon Theater in Paris on December 4th. The performance is part of the Pathway to Paris, an event that seeks to raise awareness about climate change and the importance of recognizing the necessity in addressing the issue.Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Shares New Album UpdateTickets will go on sale in September, with all proceeds benefiting global climate movement 350.org, which is “is a grassroots global movement working to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science & justice demand. 350 is you, and the thousands of people like you who take it upon themselves to inspire your communities to action.”[via Rolling Stone]
My Morning Jacket returned triumphantly earlier in 2015, bringing some of the year’s best music on their new release, The Waterfall. With Jim James and company perpetually touring in support of the new album, the band has fine tuned their new music and performed it to perfection.An Exclusive Look Into ‘The Waterfall,’ My Morning Jacket’s First Album In Four YearsOne of those new songs was “Compound Fracture”, and one of those tour dates was at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. The National Landmark hosted MMJ last month, on August 14th, and the band pieced together Danny Clinch’s footage from the show to produce this exciting new video. Watch below:My Morning Jacket kicks off their fall tour tonight, September 30th, at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR. Stay tuned for coverage from this exciting tour opener!My Morning Jacket West Coast Dates9/30 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium* 10/2 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre* 10/3 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre* 10/6 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center* 10/7 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair* 10/9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas* 10/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas* 10/11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl+ 10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium# 10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center+ 10/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center+ 10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center+ 10/19 – San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theater+ 10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre+ 10/22 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall+ 10/23 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall+ 10/24 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie+*With Strand of Oaks +With Fruit Bats #With Fruit Bats & Dr. Dog
With the new Live Trax 36 album due out on December 11th, the Dave Matthews Band has shared their first taste from this exciting new live release. The video captures the band performing “Don’t Drink The Water” from their recent performance at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, WI, and you can dig it below:Taking place on July 26th, 2015, the Alpine Valley show will be documented in full on the Live Trax album, with some bonus material from their July 25th set at the same venue. For the full tracklisting, you can head to our full coverage of the announcement.
A future in business might be right for anyone — and for some, the earlier the better. That’s the thinking behind the Harvard Business School’s (HBS) 2+2 Program, a new effort to expand the School’s applicant pool to students who might not normally consider a business degree or career.The program, which launched last week, will grant college students an early acceptance to the HBS M.B.A. program contingent upon their successful graduation from college and the completion of two years of approved work experience.“Young men and women today enjoy a far wider array of educational and career options than ever before,” said Carl Kester, HBS’s deputy dean for academic affairs. “With this program, we want to reach a new group of applicants and encourage them to see the versatility, value, and opportunity provided by a Harvard M.B.A. degree as they set out to make a difference in the world. Many undergraduates underestimate the versatility of an M.B.A. and the positive effect it can have on many careers. In reality, M.B.A. graduates, and HBS graduates in particular, are working in a wide variety of positions in many diverse fields.”After the contingent early admission, Harvard will help graduating students find two-year work appointments by coordinating with a network of organizations that have agreed to act as recruiting partners. Google, Teach for America, and McKinsey & Company are already on board and are just a few of the 100 organizations expected to participate in the program.“Google believes that attracting diverse and talented employees is key to our continued growth and innovation,” said Kim Scott, Google’s director of online sales and operations. “This program will give us another channel to find people with broad talents and skills who might not traditionally look at either a business degree or a tech company, but can be highly successful here.”Undergraduates will be eligible to apply to the HBS 2+2 Program by July 1, after the conclusion of their junior year of college. They will be notified of the school’s decision in September of their senior year. ?Once admitted to the program, students will participate in on-campus summer academic programs and have access to a dedicated career coach as well as an online network of current HBS students and peers in the 2+2 program.“College students are at an important juncture during their junior year,” said Andrea Kimmel, who directs the 2+2 Program. “HBS 2+2 will help to open their minds to a host of new career and education options available to them as they set forth on their journey of exploration after college.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) — NASCAR TrackPassu2122, the sport’s first digital subscription product developed specifically for the international market, will now offer live racing action to more NASCARu00ae fans than ever before. Fans around the world can watch all 38 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seriesu2122 and 33 NASCAR XFINITY Seriesu2122 events either through NASCAR’s local television partner or by subscribing to NASCAR TrackPass. The product will be available in 120 countries and territories at launch, with plans to continue expanding the NASCAR TrackPass footprint throughout 2017.NASCAR TrackPass will offer full race replays and features like a live leaderboard and highlights to give fans the complete race experience. International NASCAR fans in most territories outside the U.S. and Canada can go to TrackPass.NASCAR.com to subscribe to the product or download the application for Android and iOS through the iTunes and Google Play stores. Subscription costs start at $125 per year and $15 per month and vary by individual country and territory.“Exploring new distribution channels for race content across both broadcast and digital platforms allows NASCAR to continue strengthening its global presence and diversify the sport’s fan base,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Given their experience in the sport and expertise around live streaming, NBC was a natural choice to lead our development of NASCAR TrackPass, providing our international fans more choice than ever before.”NASCAR Track Pass is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service providing end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.International viewers can subscribe now to kick off the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season by watching the DAYTONA 500u00ae at Daytona International Speedway this Sunday, Feb. 26.
RELATED: All-Star race schedule | Best All-Star moments in photosHeading into the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. shared some of his most vivid memories of the race on his “Dale Jr. Download” weekly show on Dirty Mo Radio.As a kid, he recalled watching the race from the condominiums at the track, which opened in 1984. But it wasn’t until he was older that he really appreciated what he saw in 1987, when Dale Earnhardt won The Winston with the inaccurately-named but infamous “Pass in the Grass.”At the time, he was worried NASCAR was mad at his dad and the drivers were upset with each other.“I was scared. I thought dad was in trouble and they were all fighting,” he said of the beating and banging and post-race scuffling between Earnhardt, Geoff Bodine and Bill Elliott.Now Junior recalls that race as one of the greatest things he’s ever seen. “Dad really brought his A game,” he said in Tuesday’s radio show.RELATED: Elliott will never forget Earnhardt’s moveOf his own experiences in NASCAR’s All-Star Race, Junior said 2000 and 2002 stand out.In 2000, he had a strong car, but it got stronger after hitting the wall. Something today the teams understand as skew and rear toe, then was mostly good luck.But the finish was all strategy. In the final 10-lap segment, Junior said crew chief Tony Eury Jr. used some qualifying strategy to run fast in the final 10-lap segment and win the big payday: putting a minimal amount of fuel in the car.“Tony Jr. doesn’t fill the car all the way up. … That put a lot of nose weight in the car, which is something you do in qualifying to really improve the stability and speed of the car. It’s something we had done a couple days before that in practice, but he didn’t tell me these things.“We go out there and haul tail,” Junior said. “I’m sure other teams were smart enough to do that, but that was one thing we would do to give our car an incredible amount of speed for a short time. We had a lighter car, sticker tires and a little more nose weight so we could haul butt.”A couple years later, Junior didn’t get the win, but he gave it his best — and worst. Known as a clean racer, Junior confessed to trying and failing to play rough against fellow young guy Ryan Newman in 2002.“I caught Newman on the last lap, hit him and he saved it,” Junior said, summing up the scenario. “It knocked him sideways, but I kinda lifted because I thought he was gonna wreck. It was the All-Star Race! If there’s one race where you can wreck a guy, this is it. It’s a lot of money, probably half a million at this time.“He saved it. No way he ever lifted. … We should have won that one, it was a fast car.”As for the 2017 race (8 p.m. ET Saturday, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Junior’s ready to go in the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet — his last All-Star Race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver.
Nine teams. Sixteen drivers. One Monster Energy NASCAR Cup.The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs start now, and the postseason field that resulted from a memorable regular season under an enhanced points structure is one of intrigue.Of the 16 drivers, there are six past champions — including seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson — mixed with millennials like Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are represented, but so, too, are the resurgent Roush Fenway Racing and Wood Brothers Racing teams.It’s a playoffs field with a little bit of everything.“It’s really incredible,” NASCAR President Brent Dewar told NASCAR.com. “You have a seven-time champion going for history. We also have drivers like Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, and you see their genuine excitement that they’re racing for a championship. And at the other end, Jimmie’s excited like a little kid, wanting to win his eighth.“We’ve worked hard on the competitive balance on the series. The current format is win and advance, and it’s gratifying to see the diversity of the organizations that are in, and the number of different types of wins.”RELATED: Lifelong love of cars, racing fueled DewarSome of those wins have been dominant — top seed Martin Truex Jr. comes to mind, with his performances at Kentucky and Las Vegas. Some have been last-second, like Kurt Busch’s last-lap pass to win the Daytona 500, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. swiping the lead from Kyle Busch at Talladega after the white flag dropped.“Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch had the best regular season, but they still have to perform well in the playoffs,” Dewar said. “We think we’ve landed on a really compelling format that rewards success throughout the regular season. One of the things I love about our teams and our drivers is that they’ll adjust and make it even more compelling next year.”Other topics Dewar discussed in the NASCAR.com interview include:• The evolving role of the driver council: “The driver council started with a really simple concept: ‘Let’s fix these things.’ Now it’s moved into very strategic discussions. When we talked to the drivers last year, they never set out to say, ‘Gee, we’d like to have stages.’ But we asked them what made them really get up on the wheel and they began talking about the race within the race. The outcome of that was stages.”• Evolution of stage racing: “We’re happy with the format, but there’s no question the race teams are very innovative. There’s very much a learned science approach they take to stage racing. I think this year we learned a lot about if the stages are the right length, how does it interact with the tire strategy and the fuel strategy. If anything, those will be the only tweaks. What’s a key part of the stage racing is not just the driver, but it’s the driver with the crew chief and the driver with the car chief.”• The series’ first regular-season champion, Martin Truex Jr.: “The drivers said, ‘We would like to crown a regular-season champion.’ They were concerned a driver could have the most incredible season, but could be eliminated by something outside the driver’s control in that first round. It wasn’t an easy solve, but we thought about it as an industry and it led to a really exciting, compelling format that rewards success throughout the season.”• The role of iRacing: “There’s many different pathways to get to the national series. Many drivers will start in go-karting and midgets, and we have a great HomeTracks program across the country. Those are the natural ways people will follow. But it’s 2017, and we have an incredible product in iRacing where, with the math data we can pull off the tracks today, you can race just like you can on tracks with some of the same simulation activities. It’s a big opportunity for our future.”• Drivers having a variety of platforms (social media, radio, podcasts) with which to reach fans: “We want them to have a personality. We don’t want them to be robotic. If someone hasn’t listened to the Glass Case of Emotion with Ryan (Blaney) and Kim (Coon), it’s incredible. It’s authentic. It’s them.’Happy Hours’ on SiriusXM Radio, that’s a perfect venue for Kevin Harvick. He’s very thoughtful. He’s seen the sport from every angle, and he has a sports management company. We think we’re onto something really special here.”
Hailie Deegan is in no rush when it comes to her fast-paced career.Turning 18 years old Thursday means Deegan will be able to compete on ovals longer than 1.25 miles and drive full time in any of NASCAR’s three national series. But just because she can doesn’t mean she will. At least not immediately.Right now, the California native is focused on her second K&N Pro Series West season.RELATED: K&N East preview | Watch live, Saturday at 6:45 p.m. ET“Every weekend is a weekend for me to learn something new,” Deegan told NASCAR.com. “A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, it’s just K&N. Wait until you get to (Gander) Trucks or Xfinity.’ But there’s still a lot more money involved than I’ve ever had in my racing career before.“I see it as an opportunity. I don’t want to take it for granted. There’s a lot on the line, let alone my career and my future. So I don’t want to do anything that’s going to hurt it, and everything I do is to make it better.”So far, so good.This season alone, Deegan has visited Victory Lane twice through seven K&N West races. She won the late February opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and then followed up with another win at Colorado National Speedway in early June. The only person with more victories is Derek Kraus (three), and he’s No. 1 in the West championship standings right now with 289 points — just eight more than Deegan, in second.RELATED: Deegan wins with last-lap spin“Gosh, I don’t even want to think about it,” Deegan said. “It’s just you can get caught up in point chasing.”And not every race track or race car warrants that in her mind. Winning, no matter the cost, can be the sole priority at times.“I feel like I’m confident with what I know is a good car and what I know is not,” Deegan said. “I know when I’m having an off weekend, what tracks I’m good at, what tracks I’ve struggled a little bit and where I have to learn more. So I think it’s just coming down to figuring out every single piece of the puzzle has to be right. Like Colorado, everything worked good for me.”Deegan led a race-high 66 laps at Colorado’s 155-lap race. The final go-around saw Deegan bump and spin Kraus out of her way to the checkered flag. It marked the third victory overall in her two-year career. Final Laps: Hailie Deegan spins teammate to win00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay Since Kraus is one of Deegan’s teammates at Bill McAnally Racing, a bit of social media backlash hit afterward.“There were some people where it was like, ‘Oh, well, she needs to be able to pass cleaner’ or ‘You don’t see her making passes before the last lap,’ and stuff,” Deegan said. “Well, no. I don’t make the pass for the win before the last lap because I know what it’s going to take and I want to be the first one to the finish. I don’t want to have to battle it back out again.”That was a big moment for Deegan, who prides herself on having a strong social media presence. It was really the first time people, even if wasn’t a huge amount, came at her. She didn’t back down or cower to the critics. Instead, she stayed true to her personality.And Deegan sure isn’t shy about it.“Once I get on track, I’m aggressive,” she said. “I like throwing elbows. I like rubbing fenders with people. It’s fun to me.”The West title is Deegan’s goal for this season. Ideally, she would like to run a full schedule in the soon-to-be-combined K&N-ARCA Series in 2020. That dream scenario would also include a few Gander Trucks races by the end of the year — emphasis on the words “a few.”The urge to surge ahead in her career lives in the back of her mind. It’s just not strong enough to derail the path Deegan has already planned out.“Sometimes, I just want to go to Trucks racing,” Deegan said. “Like I see people going to race Trucks, I feel like I can go race Trucks.“But then, like, I don’t want to make the mistake of doing that too soon. I don’t want to fail. Everything I want to do, I want to succeed at. I want to make sure I don’t have any regrets.”