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June 20, 2020 - Podium finish in Clash at the Mag opener at Magnolia
1Returning behind the wheel of the Lamm Autosports No. 1 Late Model, Ross Bailes made the trip to Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Miss.) on Thursday evening for the three-day General Tire Clash at the Mag. Drawing 55 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries, Bailes laid down the second fastest time in his group behind Frank Heckenast Jr. before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. After running in second for the majority of the 25-lapper, Ross faded one spot in the closing laps to place third behind Bobby Pierce and Jimmy Owens with Shane Clanton and Tyler Erb rounding out the Top-5. (Heath Lawson photos)

1The following night for another $5,000-to-win preliminary feature, Bailes came in fifth fastest in his group before fading back to a sixth place finish in his heat. Needing a second place finish or better in his B-Main to make the A-Main, Ross was an early retiree from his consolation event on the first lap.

1With preliminary results on Thursday and Friday night setting the grid for the $15,000-to-win Clash at the Mag on Saturday evening, Ross locked into the 15th-starting position. Losing one spot in the 100-lap affair, Bailes posted a 16th place outing.


Full results from these events are available at www.LucasDirt.com.

June 13, 2020 - Bailes scores late-race Lucas Oil victory at Cherokee
1In just his fourth start for aboard the M&W Transport No. 58 Dave’s Towing/ Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model, Ross Bailes earned the Florida-based Big Frog Motorsports their first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Taking advantage of Brandon Overton’s deflating right-rear tire on the final lap, Bailes soared to the lead down the backstretch to earn a $12,000 victory in Friday’s 22nd Annual Grassy Smith Memorial at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.).

“Man, this is unbelievable. We have been through a lot this year. I am so excited to win this in front of my home crowd. I mean it can’t get any better than that,” said the 30-year-old racer in Victory Lane amid a packed grandstand.

After topping the speed charts in the 37-car field, Bailes cruised to a heat race victory, locking him into the main event.

Rolling off on the front row alongside Chris Ferguson, Ross set the pace for the first 22 circuits before dropping back to second behind Overton. Regaining the lead a few laps later, Bailes commanded the top spot for the next 18 laps but was closing in on lapped traffic. Overton returned to the point on lap 46.

1A caution with 48 laps complete set up a dash to the finish. On the restart, Overton had control of the race until his car suddenly slowed exiting turn two on the final lap. Bailes drove by and went on to his second career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. (Heath Lawson photo)

“The car was better than the driver. I just didn’t know what to do in lapped traffic and he [Overton] had the advantage of being behind me and seeing where he needed to go. Overton had a good car too; he probably has the best car in the country right now and we were right there with him. I hate what happened to Brandon, but luckily, I was on the good end of that one at the finish. This is the first Lucas Oil win for Auggie [Burttram], and I wanted to get in his car and prove we could do it. He has as good of equipment as you can get. This is the first night out on a new car and we had a rebuilt Clements engine.”

Full results from the event are available at www.LucasDirt.com.

1The following night at Friendship Motor Speedway (Elkin, N.C.) for the Ultimate Southeast Series-sanctioned program, Ross laid down the fastest time in his group, which positioned him second on the starting grid for the $4,000-to-win A-Main.

Holding his spot for all 40-laps, Bailes posted a runner-up finish behind Zack Mitchell with G.R. Smith, Cla Knight, and Pearson Lee Williams rounding out the Top-5.

For complete results from that event, please visit www.UltimateSupers.com.


May 21, 2020 - Ross Bailes Begins Lucas Oil Reopening Tour at Golden Isles
1Making his 2020 debut behind the wheel of the Lamm Autosports No. 1B Big River Steel Late Model, Ross Bailes traveled to Golden Isles Speedway (Brunswick, Ga.) on Tuesday evening for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) Reopening Tour. With 43 cars on hand for the Optima Batteries Golden Isles Nationals, Ross timed in 11th fastest in his qualifying group before placing eighth in his heat race. Needing a third place finish or better in his B-Main to make the opening night feature, Bailes came two spots shy with a fifth place outing. (Heath Lawson photo)

1The following night for another $7,000-to-win A-Main, Bailes posted a ninth place finish in his heat, transferring him into the B-Main for one last shot at the show. Failing to place third or better, Ross’ night was over.

For the final round of the Golden Isles Nationals on Thursday, Ross fell one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a fifth place finish. Scoring a second place spot in his B-Main behind Stormy Scott, Bailes locked into the 19th-starting position for the $7,000-to-win finale. Gaining one spot in the 40-lap affair, Ross Bailes logged an 18th place outing.


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

May 7, 2020 - Bailes Lands Sixth Place Finish at Senoia Raceway
1 On Thursday evening Ross Bailes made the trip to Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.) powering the Big Frog Motorsports No. 58 Late Model entry for the DirtonDirt.com Shootout. Drawing a stout field of 43 cars, Bailes followed up the seventh fastest lap in time trials with a second place finish in his heat behind Dalton Cook. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in 14th, Ross gained eight spots in the 40-lap affair to register a sixth place finish. (Blake Harris photo)

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

May 2, 2020 - Runner-up Finish in Lidlifter at Lancaster Speedway
1With several precautionary measures in place to bring the event to fruition during the Covid-19 pandemic, Ross Bailes returned behind the wheel of his Felony Farms No. 87 Late Model on Friday night at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, S.C.) for the Lancaster Lidlifter. In a field of 25 cars, Bailes topped the charts in time trials which positioned him on the pole for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. After leading the first three circuits, Ross faded back to a second place finish when the checkered flag flew, trailing Brandon Overton across the line with Jonathan Davenport, Michael Brown, and Jeff Smith rounding out the Top-5. (Blake Harris photo)

1The following night at Cherokee (SC) Speedway for the inaugural Palmetto Invitational, Ross timed in ninth fastest in his qualifying group before placing fourth in his heat. Starting the $10,000-to-win A-Main in 13th, Bailes gained five spots in the 60-lap affair to register an eighth place finish.  

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

April 13, 2020 - Bailes Follows World of Outlaws iRacing Invitational to Lernerville
1Ross Bailes returned behind the wheel of his Felony Farms No. 87 (virtual) Late Model on Monday night at the (virtual) Lernerville (PA) Speedway as a stout field of 54 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing Invitational entries converged on the 4/10 mile oval. Falling two spots shy of a transfer position in his heat race with a fifth place finish, Bailes transferred into the B-Main for another shot at the $1,000-to-win A-Main. Needing to place third or better, Ross came one spot short with a fourth place finish.

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

April 10, 2020 - Ross Bailes Debuts in iRacing Invitational at Knoxville Raceway
1 On Monday evening Ross Bailes make his iRacing debut at the (virtual) Knoxville (IA) Raceway for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing Invitational. In a stout field of 49 cars, Bailes got behind the eight-ball in qualifying, earning him the ninth-starting position for his heat. Coming in ninth, Ross transferred into the D-Main for another shot at the $1,000-to-win A-Main. Sending the Top 4 into the C-Main, Bailes fell short with a 9th place outing.

1Returning to the (virtual) Knoxville (IA) Raceway on Friday evening, Bailes was one of 29 Late Models on hand for the debut of the Lucas Oil eSports Series. After timing in 23rd fastest, Ross logged a seventh place finish in his heat. Slated to start the feature in 23rd, Bailes was a scratch from the 100-lap affair.  

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

March 7, 2020 - Motor Trouble Hampers Bailes' Red Rose Rumble
1Saturday night found Ross Bailes in action at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Red Rose Rumble. Running into trouble early, Ross suffered motor issues in preliminary action that prevented him from competing in the $5,000-to-win A-Main.

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

March 1, 2020 - 8th Place Finish in Ginger Owens March Madness at Gaffney
1On Saturday evening Ross Bailes visited Modoc Raceway (Modoc, South Carolina) for the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series finale. In a field of 25 cars, Bailes followed up the seventh fastest lap overall in time trials with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Starting the $7,000-to-win A-Main in seventh, Ross dropped one spot in the 40-lap affair to place 8th.

1For the Southern All Star Series sanctioned Ginger Owen March Madness on Sunday afternoon at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina), Ross edged his way into the main event with a 4th place finish in his heat race. With $12,000 on the line, Bailes scored an 8th place finish in the 60-lapper.

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

February 8, 2020 - Pair of Runner-up Finishes in Winter Freeze X at Screven
1Ross Bailes made his debut as the pilot of the M&W Transport No. 58 Dave’s Towing/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model with a strong performance.

The South Carolina native claimed a pair of runner-up finishes in the Winter Freeze X at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. over the weekend.

“Thanks to Ross for driving the wheels off this car this weekend and bringing home two second-place finishes,” team owner Augie Burttram said. “I’m looking forward to big things with Ross and our team this year.”

Drawing 26 entries for the two-day event, Bailes followed up the fastest lap overall in time trials on Friday with a heat race victory. Starting on the pole for the $10,010-to-win A-Main, Ross went on to place second behind Brandon Overton. Chris Ferguson, Gregg Satterlee, and Jason Covert rounded out the Top-5.

“We were hitting on all cylinders in qualifying. And we were good in the feature,” said Bailes. “The track changed, and I feel like in the heat race the track was a little bit slicker and we were better in that condition. That guy there [Overton], he’s about the best at this track and then the guy behind me [Ferguson] is about the best or second-best so it feels good to be in between ‘em.”

1The following night for the $20,010 top prize, Ross came in third fastest in his qualifying group before placing second in his heat race behind Overton. Earning the fifth-starting position for the feature, Bailes wrestled the lead away from Overton on lap 49, but before he could reach the flag stand, the caution appeared. The pass was negated and Overton reassumed command. (Thomas Hendrickson photo)

Bailes was never able to regain control after the untimely yellow and went on to finish second behind Overton at the checkered flag. Michael Page, Jason Covert, and Dale McDowell completed the Top-5 finishers.

“Once I got it going, I got by him and that caution came out and I knew they weren’t gonna let it go,” Bailes commented. “But you know he’s lost a race to me like that before, so it’s just part of it. At least we’re up front battling with them. We had a really good car this weekend.”

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

February 1, 2020 - Ross Bailes Unharmed in Flip at Golden Isles
1After Mother Nature wiped out Friday night’s opener, Ross Bailes was one of 45 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series entries signed in at Golden Isles Speedway (Brunswick, Georgia) on Saturday evening for the RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing. Grabbing the 4th and final transfer spot in his heat race, Ross locked into the 16th-starting position for the main event. With $12,000 on the line, Bailes jumped the cushion on lap-14 which sent him slamming into the wall. He was able to escape uninjured. (Zach Yost photo)

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

January 26, 2020 - Bailes Sails to Victory in Season Opener at Cherokee
1 Ross Bailes visited Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) on Sunday afternoon to kick off the 2020 season with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series sanctioned contest. In a field of 14 cars, Bailes broke the previous track record in time trials before capturing heat race victory. Earning the second-starting position for the A-Main, Ross bolted into the lead on the drop of the green flag and led wire-to-wire to claim his first win of the season. Taking the checkers ahead of Casey Roberts, Johnny Pursley, Chris Madden, and Zack Mitchell, Bailes pocketed a $5,000 payday. (H3 Photography | Blake Harris photo)

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

January 10, 2020 - Big Frog Motorsports and Ross Bailes Join Forces for 2020 Season
1Florida-based, Big Frog Motorsports has been busy preparing for a rapidly approaching start to their 2020 season. (Heath Lawson Photo)

When their M&W Transport No. 58 Dave’s Towing/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model hits the track soon, it will be with South Carolina ace, Ross Bailes behind the wheel. <<MORE>>

December 23, 2019 - Bailes Tallies Seven-Win 2019 Season
The 2019 season saw Ross Bailes attend a total of 43 events piloting his Nichols Plumbing/Bailes Construction No. 87 Super Late Model entry. With Mother Nature determining the outcoming of six of his scheduled dates, Bailes collected seven wins, 22 Top-5 finishes, and 31 Top-10 outings.

December 15, 2019 - Bailes Salvages 6th Place Finish at Lavonia
1Debuting in a Rocket Chassis, Ross Bailes invaded Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, Georgia) on Sunday afternoon for the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series sanctioned contest. In a field of 21 cars, Bailes followed up the ninth fastest lap overall in time trials with a 4th place finish in his heat race. Earning the 12th-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main, Ross began marching forward early until getting turned around on the tenth lap. Coming one spot shy of a Top-5 finish in the remaining distance, Ross Bailes worked his way up to a 6th-place outing. (Richard Barnes photo)

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

November 24, 2019 - Runner-up Finish in Blue-Gray 100 at Gaffney
1Hopping behind the wheel of the Johnny Pursley-owned No. 9 Super Late Model entry, Ross Bailes was one of 38 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series entries on hand at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) on Sunday afternoon for the 29th annual Blue-Gray 100. After laying down the fastest lap overall in time trials, Bailes captured a 10-lap heat race victory sending him into the redraw. Receiving the sixth-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Ross Bailes gained four spots in the 100-lapper to place 2nd behind Chris Madden with Jimmy Owens, Michael Brown, and Brandon Overton rounding out the Top-5. (TDW Photography)

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

November 9, 2019 - Bailes Attends World of Outlaws World Finals at Charlotte
1On Thursday evening Ross Bailes made the trip to the Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, North Carolina) kicking off the Can-Am World Finals. Drawing 69 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries for the rain-shortened qualifying session, Bailes recorded the second fastest time in both of his qualifying groups which positioned him on the pole of his heat race on Friday.

1Streaking to an 8-lap heat race victory, Ross locked into the fifth-starting position for the $12,000-to-win A-Main. Falling short of a Top-10 finish in the 50-lapper, Bailes slipped back to a 24th place outing. (Brent Smith photo)

The following night, Bailes posted a runner-up finish in his heat behind John Blankenship which positioned him ninth on the starting grid for the finale. With $12,000 on the line, Ross was an early retiree from the 50-lapper on lap 32.

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

October 26, 2019 - Bailes Suffers Flat-Tire in Fall Nationals Finale at 311
1Saturday night found Ross Bailes in action at 311 Motor Speedway (Pine Hall, North Carolina) for the Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals series finale. In a field of 17 cars, Bailes notched a 4th place finish in his heat which positioned him seventh on the starting grid for the A-Main. With $10,000 on the line, Ross was challenging for a Top-5 by lap 20 but a flat-tire right rear tire sent him pitside. Rejoining the field from the tail, Bailes salvaged a 11th place outing in the 60-lap affair. (Brian McLeod photo)

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

October 11, 2019 - 12th Place Finish in Tar Heel 50 at Tri-County Racetrack
1On Friday night Ross Bailes was one of 22 Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals entries on hand at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, North Carolina) for the Tar Heel 50. After laying down the fastest lap in his time trial group, Bailes recorded a 5th place finish in the Dash. Starting the $10,053-to-win A-Main in fifth, Ross dropped seven spots in the 53-lap affair to place 12th. (Brian McLeod photo)

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

October 5, 2019 - Pair of 7th Place Finishes with World of Outlaws
1Ross Bailes traveled to Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, Georgia) on Thursday evening kicking off the tripleheader with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. With 22 cars registered in for action, Bailes followed up the fourth fastest lap overall in time trials with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Starting the main event in 7th, Ross held his spot for all 50-laps to place 7th.

1The following night at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial, Ross recorded the fastest lap overall in qualifying before placing 4th in his heat. Starting the $10,000-to-win A-Main in 10th, Bailes gained three spots in the 50-lapper registering a 7th place finish. (Jim DenHamer photo)

On Saturday evening at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee), Bailes secured his spot into the $10,000-to-win finale with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Rolling off 9th, Ross was an early retiree from the 50-lap feature on lap 15.

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