Bryce Bailey will head south to Lake View Motor Speedway for the South of the Border Showdown with one of the more unique stories in short track racing. The New York teenager has become a star on dirt in the virtual world, teaming up with Max McLaughlin to run the World of Outlaws Sprint Car iRacing Series.
Last summer, Bailey used the money won in iRacing to buy a race car in the real world. And just like in the virtual world, it didn’t take him long to find victory lane, winning a RoC Four Cylinder Dash Series race at Lake Erie Speedway in his first race with the new car.
“I used iRacing to buy a 4-Cylinder and I won in that my first night out. It was a Race of Champions race,” Bailey told Speed51. “We were really fortunate, the pandemic helped a ton with getting noticed on iRacing. Everything fell into my hands with the pandemic.”
After posting a top-five points result with the series in 2020, Bailey decided to transition to the dirt world and get behind the wheel of a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified. After making his first Sportsman Modified starts last season, he will make the move to drive one full-time in 2021.
While he got his start on asphalt, dirt has been where Bailey’s heart has lied on. For him, it was an easy decision to make the move.
“Everybody around us that helped us runs one. I’ve always had my heart on dirt and that was the direction we went.”
Bailey will have one of the Northeast’s most versatile drivers in his corner for when they make the trip to Lake View. He has enlisted the help of family friend and former RoC Modified and Big Block Modified winner Jimmy Zacharias for the 2021 season.
“Jimmy’s been a huge help. My dad used to sponsor him when he ran the asphalt cars and he even helped us during the Bandolero days. He put this car together, he knows everything on it. He’s going down with us to help out.”
As he embarks on his first full season in a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, the South of the Border Showdown gives him the chance to get more laps behind the wheel of one before points racing begins in the Northeast.
“I’m excited to get down there and see where we play out. Hopefully we can make the show and if we can get a top-ten, that’s a win for us. We’re just hoping to keep everything in one piece.”
The DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds South of the Border Showdown will be live on Speed51.TV free for premium subscribers. One-time PPV passes will also be available for $19.99. Click here to watch this weekend’s event.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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