Rising NASCAR star Hailie Deegan didn’t participate in last week’s Freedom 500 and we are just finding out the horrific reason why. Deegan, a full-time NASCAR Truck Series driver and one of the few female drivers in the sport, posted a video to her YouTube account saying that she skipped the race in fear for her life.
Deegan, who titled the video, “Our Lives Are Being Threatened,” said she chose to miss the race because she saw a post from a fan who lives near her race shop that threatened to kill her boyfriend, Chase Cabre.
“His official words were, not that he’s going to kill Chase, but that he’s going to come … and be the last thing Chase ever sees,” Deegan says.
Deegan — who was voted the Truck Series’ Most Popular Driver last year — then says that everything started with an “eight-page, handwritten letter” written to her truck team.
“It kind of scared me a little bit, because I’d dealt with stalker situations before,” said Deegan. “I went home that day, looked up the guy’s name on the note, and figured out that he was getting catfished by a fake Hailie Deegan account.”
Deegan later said that ,the fake account went on to accuse Cabre of holding her “hostage,” beating her and physically abusing her.
“None of that is true,” Deegan says in the video. “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.”
Deegan sent a thank you message on Twitter late last night.
“Thank you for all the nice comments about what me and @CabreChase are dealing with,” Deegan tweeted. “It’s a product of me openly sharing my life with my fans. Unfortunately theirs bad people who want to take advantage of that. It’s a horrible feeling always having to watch your back.”
Deegan and Cabre said they have contacted the FBI and NASCAR security.
“If you are watching this video right now … just please stop,” Cabre says. “I’m not threatening, I’m doing anything … I’m just saying, it’s over. It’s not real. Just leave it alone.”
“It’s become a nuisance in our life, because it’s put everything on a halt,” Deegan said in last night’s video. “We don’t really know what to do from here.”