Cornelius, North Carolina (08/07/18) – North 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.”


Full results from the event are available at .


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).


G.R. Smith Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include M&W Transport, Cheap Cars, Felony Farms, Victory Circle Auto Sales, Victory Circle Auto Mall, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, FK Rod Ends, DirtWrap, Cornett Racing Engines, Fluidyne Powersports, Rocket Chassis, Dynamic Drivelines, Winters Racing, Peterson Fluid Systems, Cheap Cars, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.


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G.R. Smith Racing and Ross Bailes Join Forces