Labor Day Weekend is always an exciting one for racers and race fans. It will also be a busy weekend for Dirt Late Model driver Ross Bailes, with three races on his schedule for the holiday.
Bailes will compete Friday and Saturday with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Lavonia Speedway (GA) and Lancaster Motor Speedway (SC) before completing his tripleheader with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series at Cherokee Speedway (SC).
While all three races of the weekend are close to home for the Clover, South Carolina native, none are closer than Cherokee, Bailes’ home track. It’s also a track where he has had considerable success.
This year alone, Bailes has wins with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Xtreme DIRTcar Series and Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series at Cherokee. He also scored a win with the World of Outlaws Late Models at “The Place Your Momma Warned You About” in 2019.
“Luckily, it’s close to home, so that makes it a lot easier for us,” Bailes said on The Bullring. “I’m looking forward to Gaffney, thanks to the success we’ve had there this year and the last couple of years.
“That’s just where I grew up racing. That’s my home track here in South Carolina. I’ve got as many laps there as probably anyone racing there, so that’s probably the big thing.”
Bailes is eager to take on some major competition within close proximity of his home turf this weekend. Lavonia is a track where he has also shown speed, but hopes to put together a complete effort to score an elusive victory.
“I’m looking forward to all three. We’ve got the track record at Lavonia and Gaffney. We have some speed at Lavonia, we just haven’t been able to put a full night together. Hopefully we can do it this weekend.
“To me, it’s flat. It can be two grooves, but usually, to get a spot, you have to get it on the restart. It’s a fun track. You have to get a spot whenever you can, when somebody makes a mistake.”
From Lavonia on Friday, Bailes will go to Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday. While Bailes says both of those tracks feature tight corners, Lancaster’s long straightaways make it a different animal.
“Lavonia is similar to Lancaster, it’s got tight corners. It’s just nowhere near as big. Lancaster, they say it’s a half-mile, but if it’s a half-mile, then some of these other tracks saying they are a half-mile aren’t. It’s really big.”
Speed51 will provide coverage of the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event Sunday at Cherokee Speedway. Stay tuned to Speed51 for more details.
To watch Bailes’ full interview from his appearance on Speed51’s “The Bullring” on Monday, click here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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