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October 6, 2018 - Top 5 Finish in Fastrak World Championship at VMS
1Saturday night found Ross Bailes in action at Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Virginia) for the Fastrak World Championship. With a stout field of 55 Fastrak Racing Series entries on hand, Ross followed up the seventh fastest time in his qualifying group with a 3rd place finish in his heat. With $20,000 on the line in the main event, Bailes reeled in a 4th place finish behind Logan Roberson, Michael Brown, and Tyler Bare with Matt Long coming in 5th.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.FASTRAKRacing.com.
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September 29, 2018 - 2nd Place Finish with Bonus Series at Tri-County Racetrack
1On Friday evening Ross Bailes was one of 20 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series entries signed in at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, North Carolina) for the Tar Hell 50. Registering a 3rd place finish in his heat, Ross earned the 11th-startiing position for the opening night feature. Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Bailes gained nine spots in the 53-lapper to place 2nd behind Casey Roberts with Michael Brown, Kenny Collins, and Scott Bloomquist completing the Top-5 finishers.

The following night at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) competing in the Crate Late Model ranks, Bailes posted a 10th place finish in the feature.

Complete results from these events can be found at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com and www.LancasterSuperSpeedway.com.

September 22, 2018 - Ross Bailes Captures Fifth Win of the Season at Modoc
1 Ross Bailes invaded Modoc Raceway (Modoc, South Carolina) on Saturday night powering the Felony Farms #87 entry for the Ultimate Southeast Series sanctioned Clarks Hill Classic. In a field of 21 cars, Bailes timed in second fastest overall in qualifying behind Joey Coulter positioning him on the pole for the A-Main. Leading flag-to-flag, Ross topped Coulter, Kyle Hardy, Zack Mitchell, and Dennis Franklin at the line claiming his fifth win of the season. He earned a $4,000 payday for his dominant performance in the 40-lap affair. (RIchard Barnes photo)

Complete results from this event can be found at www.ULTIMATESupers.com.

September 2, 2018 - Bailes Bags a Pair of Podium Finishes Over Labor Day Weekend
1Returning with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, Ross Bailes was one of 23 Super Late Models on hand at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) on Saturday night for the $4,000 top prize. Timing in sixth fastest in qualifying, Bailes earned the 6th-starting position for the opening night feature. Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Ross passed four cars in the 40-lapper to place 2nd behind Zack Mitchell with Jeff Smith, Michael Brown, and Jonathan Edwards completing the Top-5 finishers.

The following night at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the Hall of Fame Race, Bailes registered the fastest time overall in a field of 24 cars positioning him on the pole for the feature. With $5,000 on the line, Ross led the first 18 circuits before dropping two spots in the remaining 22 laps notching a 3rd place finish behind Benji Hicks and Dennis Franklin with Jeff Smith and John Henderson Jr. rounding out the Top-5.

Ross remains out front in the Carolina Clash point standings. Complete results from these events can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com.

August 25, 2018 - Bad Luck Continues for Bailes at Mansfield and Maryville
1Friday night brought G.R. Smith Motorsports and Ross Bailes to Mansfield Motor Speedway (Mansfield, Ohio) for the inaugural Dirt Million. Drawing 77 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries for a pair of preliminary features, Bailes came up three spots short of a transfer position in his heat race with a 7th place finish. Transferring into the B-Main for another shot at the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Ross suffered a flat-tire in the closing laps that dropped him back to a 7th place outing. (Zach Yost photo)

1On Saturday night the team packed up and headed to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) for the Southern All Star Series sanctioned Rockin’ With the Stars Hall of Fame 40. Laying down the fastest time in a field of 20 cars, Bailes received the 2nd-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Running into more bad luck on the opening lap, Ross was unable to complete one circuit after smoke was seen lingering from the hood.

Complete results from these events can be found at www.LucasDirt.com and www.SASDirt.com.

August 16, 2018 - Top 10 Finish in David Yandle's Secondary Car at Carolina Speedway
1Tuesday night saw Ross Bailes in action at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, North Carolina) returning with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series for the Gaston County Shrine 100. After running into motor issues in preliminary action, Ross hopped behind the wheel of David Yandle’s secondary car for the feature and improved two spots in the 30-lapper to place 7th.

1On Thursday night Bailes traveled to Georgetown Speedway (Georgetown, Delaware) for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned Fulton Bank 40. In a field of 25 cars, Bailes failed to make out for his heat race after suffering a broken oil-pump belt in qualifying. Starting on the tail of his B-Main, Ross grabbed the 4th and final transfer spot locking him into the A-Main. Slated to start 24th, Ross Bailes discovered an oil leak before the start of the feature forcing him to scratch from the 40-lap affair.

Complete results from these events can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com and www.WoOLMS.com.

August 11, 2018 - Bailes Salvages 14th Place Finish in Stick Elliott Memorial at Cherokee
1On Saturday night Ross Bailes invaded Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Stick Elliott Memorial. In a field of 30 cars, Bailes locked his spot into the $4,000-to-win A-Main with the third fastest time in his qualifying. Starting the feature in 3rd, Ross jumped out to an early lead when he suffered a flat-tire. Joining the field from the tail, Ross Bailes battled back to place 14th.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com.

August 7, 2018 - GR Smith Racing and Ross Bailes Join Forces
1North Carolina-based G.R. Smith Racing has joined forces with South Carolina’s Ross Bailes for the remainder of the 2018 season and beyond.

“I’m very excited to have Ross coming on board as our team driver,” team owner, G.R. Smith said. “He’s a guy with a lot of talent, and he’s been very successful throughout the Southeast region for the past several years. We’re looking to not only compete regionally but also branch out to a more national schedule. I still plan to drive in various events, but our primary focus will be on having everything ready for Ross at all times.”

The 28-year-old Bailes is excited about the opportunity that lies in front of him.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that G.R. Smith has presented me with,” Bailes commented. “He’s got great equipment and a solid team in place. I’ve been wanting to travel more and go to new places, and with this opportunity I’ll be able to do just that. I’ve had a lot of great people support my racing career to get me to this point, and I plan to do everything in my power to capitalize on the great situation in front of me.”

The team will carry primary sponsorship from M&W Transport, Cheap Cars, Felony Farms, and Victory Circle Auto Sales. In addition, G.R. Smith Racing will continue to utilize Rocket XR1 Chassis and Cornett Racing Engines.

Ross Bailes made his debut in the G.R. Smith Racing #22 last Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) with the Carolina Clash Late Model Series. The team started fifth on the grid and advanced to as high as the second position in the $4,000-to-win event before a flat tire forced Bailes to head pitside for fresh rubber.

He rejoined the tail of the field and was working his way through the pack before a brake failure ended his night in the 15th position.

“I’m hoping we got all of the bad luck out of the way right off the bat,” Bailes laughed. “A definite positive is that we showed speed right out of the box, and I have no doubt that as a team we can go out and win races.”

Complete results from this event can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com.

The team plans to return to competition this Saturday night with a $4,000-to-win, Carolina Clash at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina). They will also race with the Carolina Clash on Tuesday evening at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, North Carolina).

July 28, 2018 - 12th Place Finish in Southern Nationals Series Finale at Tazewell
1Ross Bailes traveled to Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tennessee) on Saturday evening rejoining the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series for the $10,000-to-win finale. In a field of 23 Super Late Models, Bailes dropped one spot in his 10-lap heat to place 6th. Earning the 18th-starting position for the feature, Ross passed six cars in the 53-lapper scoring a 12th place finish.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

July 21, 2018 - Bailes Bags a Pair of Top 5 Finishes at Swainsboro Raceway
1Friday night saw Ross Bailes return with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series at Swainsboro Raceway (Swainsboro, Georgia) powering the Felony Farms #87 Super Late Model entry. Drawing 20 cars for the two-day event, Bailes locked his spot into the opening night feature with the fastest time overall in his qualifying group. Hanging on to a Top-5 finish in the 53-lap affair, Ross scored a 5th place spot behind Brandon Overton, Casey Roberts, Dale McDowell, and Joey Coulter.

1The following night for another $5,300-to-win A-Main, Ross laid down the fastest time overall in a field of 18 cars positioning him on the pole for the feature. Losing one spot, Ross Bailes posted a 2nd place finish behind Brandon Overton with Dale McDowell, Aaron Ridley, and John Henderson Jr. completing the Top-5 finishers. (Brian McLeod photo)

Complete results from these events can be found at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

July 14, 2018 - Top 5 Finish in Southern Nationals Opener at Wythe Raceway
1On Saturday evening Ross Bailes traveled to Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, Virginia) kicking off the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series. In a field of 31 Super Late Models, Bailes followed up the third fastest time in his qualifying group with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Earning the 10th-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Ross improved six spots in the 53-lap affair to place 4th behind Dale McDowell, Vic Hill, and Eric Wells with Casey Roberts coming in 5th.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

July 6, 2018 - 11th Place Finish in Grassy Smith Memorial at Cherokee
1Ross Bailes invaded Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) on Friday night for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned program. With 30 Super Late Models on hand for the Grassy Smith Memorial, Ross locked his spot into the show with a 3rd place finish in his heat race. With $12,000 on the line, Bailes held his spot for all 50-laps to place 11th.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.LucasDirt.com.

June 16, 2018 - Ross Bailes Sweeps Laurens Shrine Race at Laurens County
1 On Tuesday night Ross Bailes visited Laurens County Speedway (Laurens, South Carolina) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Laurens Shrine Race. Registering the fastest time overall in a field of 11 Super Late Models, Bailes earned the pole position for the $4,000-to-win A-Main. Leading from flag-to-flag, Ross Bailes topped Dennis Franklin, Joey Coulter, Brett Hamm, and Dustin Mitchell at the line in the 35-lapper to pick up his fourth win of the season. (Joey Grub photo)

1Saturday night found Ross Bailes pulling double duty at Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Virginia) for the 42nd annual USA 100. In a field of 38 Ultimate Southeast Series entries, Bailes followed up the sixth fastest time in qualifying with a 4th place finish in his heat. Earning the 16th-starting position for the $20,000-to-win A-Main, Ross improved eight spots in the 60-lapper reeling in a 6th place finish.

1During the same night in the Crate Late Model ranks, Ross secured his spot into the $3,000-to-win Fastrak Racing Series sanctioned feature with an 8-lap heat race win. Rolling off on the pole, Bailes dropped three spots in the 40-lap affair to place 4th behind Matt Long, Logan Roberson, and Brett Hamm with Billy Beachler coming in 5th.

Ross remains leading the Carolina Clash point standings. Complete results from these events can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com, www.ULTIMATESupers.com, www.FASTRAKRacing.com.

June 9, 2018 - Bailes Victorious in Boom City June Jam at Fayetteville
1Saturday night found Ross Bailes in action at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, North Carolina) piloting the Billy Hicks-owned #79 Super Late Model for the Ultimate Southeast Series sanctioned contest. With 22 cars on hand for the Boom City June Jam, Bailes laid down the second fastest time behind Kyle Hardy in his qualifying group positioning him 3rd on the starting grid for the feature. Overtaking Hardy on lap-11, Ross led the ensuing 29 circuits en route to his third win of the season and a $5,000 payday. Kyle Hardy, Dustin Mitchell, Zack Mitchell, and Justin Williams rounded out the Top-5 finishers in the 40-lap affair. (ZSK Photography)

Complete results from this event can be found at www.ULTIMATESupers.com.


May 27, 2018 - Ross Bailes Tops FASTRAK Field at 311 Motor Speedway
1Pulling double duty in the Super and Crate Late Model ranks, Ross Bailes invaded 311 Motor Speedway (Pine Hall, North Carolina) on Friday evening for the Bill Hicks Memorial. Drawing 24 ULTIMATE Southeast Series entries, Bailes timed in sixth fastest in his qualifying group before picking up an 8-lap heat race victory. Earning the 11th-starting position for the $3,000-to-win A-Main, Ross held his spot for all 40-laps to place 11th.

1In the FASTRAK Racing Series division, Ross followed up the third fastest time in his group with a heat win. Swapping back-and-forth for the lead with Logan Roberson throughout the first 30 circuits of the feature, Bailes outran Roberson after a lap-36 caution registering his second win of the season and a $2,000 payday. Roberson, Benji Hicks, Matthew Nance, and Josh Henry completed the Top-5 finishers.

1After taking Saturday night, Bailes headed to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) on Sunday for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Mike Butler Memorial. In a field of 19 cars, Ross timed in sixth fastest in qualifying positioning him 6th on the starting grid for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Breaking into the Top-5, Ross Bailes gained two spots reeling in a 4th place finish behind Chris Ferguson, Joey Coulter, and Johnny Pursley with Benji Hicks coming in 5th.

Complete results from these events can be found at www.ULTIMATESupers.com, www.FASTRAKRacing.com, and www.CarolinaClash.com.


May 19, 2018 - Top 5 Finish in Mayhem 40 at Senoia Raceway
1After losing Friday’s ULTIMATE Southeast Series sanctioned contest at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, North Carolina) to bad weather, Ross Bailes headed to Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Georgia) on Saturday evening for the Southern All Star Series sanctioned Mayhem 40. Timing in 5th fastest in a field of 25 Super Late Models, Bailes earned the 5th-starting position for the feature. With $4,000 on the line, Ross held his spot for all 40-laps to place 5th behind Michael Page, Shane Clanton, Aaron Ridley, and Ashton Winger.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.SASDirt.com
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May 12, 2018 - Bailes Attends First in Flight 100 at Fayetteville Motor Speedway
1Ross Bailes returned with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series on Friday night at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, North Carolina) for the two-day First in Flight 100 presented by Hoker Trucking. With 34 cars on hand, Ross locked his spot into the $25,001-to-win A-Main on Saturday night with the 4th and final transfer spot in his heat race. Starting in 14th, Bailes dropped two positions in the 100-lapper logging a 16th place outing.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.WoOLMS.com
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May 5, 2018 - Pair of 6th Place Finishes With World of Outlaws; Podium Finish in Crate at Swainsboro
1Thursday night saw Ross Bailes in action at Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, Georgia) for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned program. In a field of 28 cars, Ross timed in fifth fastest overall in qualifying before placing 4th in his heat race. Earning the 11th-starting position for the opening night feature, Bailes improved five spots reeling in a 6th place finish.

On Friday evening in a field of 30 cars at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina), Ross locked his spot into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Johnny Pursley. Rolling off 4th, Bailes fell two positions in the 50-lap affair logging a 6th place finish.

1On Saturday night Bailes headed to Swainsboro Raceway (Swainsboro, Georgia) competing in the Crate Late Model division for the Pine Tree 100. Reeling in a podium finish in the 40-lap feature, Ross posted a 3rd place spot behind Jimmy Thomas and Trent Ivey with Chelsey Dixon and Joshua Bishop completing the Top-5 finishers.

Complete results from these events can be found at www.WoOLMS.com
and www.SwainsboroRaceway.com.

April 28, 2018 - Runner-up Finish in Jack Starrette Memorial at Modoc
1Ross Bailes was one of 24 cars signed in at Modoc Raceway (Modoc, South Carolina) on Saturday night for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Jack Starrette Memorial. Registering the fourth fastest time in his qualifying group, Bailes locked into the 8th-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Ross gained six positions in the 50-lap affair to place 2nd behind Tyler Millwood with John Henderson Jr., Cla Knight, and Joey Coulter completing the Top-5 finishers. (Richard Barnes photo)

Complete results from this event can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com.


April 20, 2018 - Bailes Visits Carolina Speedway for Skyler Trull Memorial
1On Friday evening Ross Bailes traveled to Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, North Carolina) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Skyler Trull Memorial. With 25 Super Late Models registered in for action, Bailes recorded the third fastest qualifying time before picking up a heat race victory. Earning the 4th-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main, Ross was running in 3rd when another car smashed into him after losing control on a rut. He withdrew from the event early while being credited with a 16th place outing.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com.


April 14, 2018 - Ross Bailes Tops Fastrak Field at Virginia Motor Speedway
1Saturday night found Ross Bailes pulling double duty at Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Virginia) for the annual Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth. In a stout field of 56 ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series entries, Bailes followed up the tenth fastest time in his qualifying group with the 3rd and final transfer spot in his heat race. Earning the 14th-starting position for the $20,000-to-win A-Main, Ross suffered a broken rocker arm on the opening lap ending his night immediately.

1In the Crate Late Model ranks for the FASTRAK Racing Series sanctioned program, Ross landed a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Logan Roberson positioning him 7th on the starting grid for the main event. Wheeling his way into the lead by the halfway point of the feature, Bailes held off the Roberson late to capture his first win of the season and a $3,000 payday. Roberson, Matt Long, Matthew Nance, and Corey Almond completed the Top-5 finishers in the 40-lap affair.

Complete results from these events can be found at www.ULTIMATESupers.com
and www.FASTRAKRacing.com.

March 31, 2018 - Top 10 Finish in Ed Gibbons Memorial at Fayetteville
1Behind the wheel of the Billy Hicks-owned #79 Super Late Model, Ross Bailes invaded Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, North Carolina) on Saturday evening for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned program. Drawing 26 cars for the 10th annual Ed Gibbons Memorial, Bailes laid down the 12th fastest qualifying time before placing 3rd in his heat race. Earning the 9th-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Ross improved two spots in the 50-lap affair to place 7th. (Jamie Brabson photo)

Complete results from this event can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com.


March 24, 2018 - Ross Bailes Visits EAMS for Bama Bash
1Ross Bailes made the trip to East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) on Saturday night for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Bama Bash. With 36 Super Late Models on hand, Bailes posted a 5th place finish in his heat transferring him into the B-Main.  Needing to place in the Top 3 to make the feature, Ross landed a 3rd place finish positioning him 22nd on the starting grid for the feature. With $12,000 on the line, Ross Bailes improved five spots in the 50-lap affair logging a 17th place outing.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.LucasDirt.com.


March 17, 2018 - Bailes Attends Carolina Clash Season Opener at Lancaster
1After Mother Nature postponed the season opener at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, NC) the previous weekend, Ross Bailes headed to Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) on Saturday evening for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned contest. In a field of 14 cars, Bailes recorded the seventh fastest time in qualifying locking him into the 7th-starting position for the A-Main. With $5,000 on the line, Ross held his spot for all 40-laps to place 7th. (ZSK Photography)

Complete results from this event can be found at www.CarolinaClash.com.


March 4, 2018 - 3rd Place Finish in March Madness at Cherokee Speedway
1Sunday brought Ross Bailes to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the Southern All Star Series season opener. Drawing 23 Super Late Models for the annual March Madness, Bailes timed in fifth fastest in his group before placing 2nd in his heat behind Chris Ferguson. Earning the 5th-starting position for the $12,000-to-win A-Main, Ross improved two spots in the 60-lap affair to place 3rd behind Chris Madden and Scott Bloomquist with Don O’Neal and Zack Mitchell rounding out the Top-5. (Joey Grubb photo)

Complete results from this event can be found at www.SASDirt.com.


February 17, 2018 - Ross Bailes Bags Podium Finish in 2018 Opener
1Ross Bailes kicked off the 2018 season on Saturday night at Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia) for the rescheduled FASTRAK Racing Series sanctioned contest. With 36 Crate Late Models on hand for the Winter Freeze, Bailes secured his spot into the $3,000-to-win A-Main with a heat race victory. Earning the 2nd-starting position, Ross fell one spot to place 3rd behind Travis Pennington and Ben Faircloth with Dillon Brown and Matthew Nance completing the Top-5 finishers.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.FASTRAKRacing.com.


December 6th, 2017 - Bailes Ends 2017 Season With 7 Wins
The 2017 season saw Ross Bailes attend a total of 47 events while visiting victory lane seven times. With the weather determining the outcome of nine of his scheduled dates, Bailes collected 31 Top-10 outings and 23 Top-5 finishes. He also finished seventh in the Carolina Clash point standings.