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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).