- Aug. 9 - Carolina Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Carolina Clash: Bailes Bags 39th Annual Shrine Race at Carolina Speedway

Kelley Carlton

GASTONIA, N.C. – Aug. 9. Ross Bailes, aboard the Professional Restoration B4 MasterSbilt, was able to score a victory in the 39th running of the "Shrine 100" at Carolina Speedway. Bailes took the lead on lap one and never relinquished it en route to the $3000 Carolina Clash payday.

The win brings Bailes’ career Late Model win total to three - including the Ultimate Racing Series sanctioned 31st annual Laurens County Shrine Race just a few weeks back, where he also earned $3000.

“This is another huge win for us," Bailes said of his win. "Carolina is home for my team and I. We have so many people here that have helped me and support our team. This one is really special. I need to thank Bobby and Johnny Wilson for allowing me to drive their car. And I want to thank all of our sponsors and my family for their support. This is just a great night.”  

Bailes qualified in the third spot for the feature behind polesitter Luke Roffers and multiple-time Carolina Speedway Track Champion Tim Allen. After a pair of tangles between Roffers and Allen and another pile-up farther back in the field resulted in a bevy of zero lap of caution flags, the field was lined up single file for the initial start. Bailes jumped to the lead in turn one when the green finally appeared. Bailes pulled away and held off all challengers through a myriad of caution flags to pick up his first career Carolina Clash victory. 

NOTES: Bailes just arrived back home after making the 20 hour haul to New Richmond, Wisconsin for the "USA Nationals" at Cedar Lake Speedway. Bailes was elected by the votes and dollars of fans to attend the $50,000 to win World of Outlaws Late Model event through the FansFund program. Bailes ended up fourth in final voting and received close to $3000 in cash and contingency prizes to make the trip. Bailes struggled to find the right feel in his car through the first couple of days but finally hit on something for his B-Main. “I just could never get comfortable with my line. The car was fast and if I could have gotten into a rhythm sooner I believe we would have done better than we did.” Bailes commented. Bailes started 20th in his B-Main and had progressed up to the 12th position by the halfway point but his night came to an end when he suffered front suspension damage. And though the young man from Clover, South Carolina did not make the feature he was still happy he came. “I was pretty down that we didn’t run well. But it was an awesome experience for sure. They made us feel very welcome and the race was quite a show. They have a cool thing going on. I wish they were closer because I enjoyed racing there.”

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