Ross Bailes

Bailes bests Clash field in Shrine Race at Laurens County


Ross Bailes

Bailes bests Clash field in Shrine Race at Laurens County

Ross Bailes recorded his 16th-career Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series victory Tuesday night at Laurens County (S.C.) Speedway. (Joey Grubb photo)

Bailes drove the M&W Transport No. 58 Dave’s Towing/ Fred Caldwell Chevrolet/ Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to a $3,500 payday in the 15th Annual Great Southern Homes Shrine Race.

Bailes secured his spot into the A-Main with the second fastest lap overall in time trials behind Trent Ivey. Chasing down race-long pacesetter, Ivey, in the final 10 circuits, Ross soared to his fourth overall win of the season over Ivey, Zack Mitchell, Dennis Franklin, and Brett Hamm.

"I started working the top a little bit and I could get a run underneath (Trent Ivey) going down the straightaway," Bailes said. "We had a really good car. Trent, I think his car kind of went away in lapped traffic, and ours was more maneuverable, I believe."

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On Friday night, Bailes headed to Richmond (Ky.) Raceway for the Ultimate Heart of America Super Late Model Series-sanctioned Paul “Butterball” Woolridge Memorial. Drawing 36 cars for the two-day event, Ross timed in fastest overall in qualifying before picking up a $1,059 prize for winning his heat.

Earning the pole position for Saturday night’s $20,059-to-win finale, Bailes dropped three spots in the 59-lapper to place fourth behind Mike Marlar, Ricky Weiss, and Zack Dohm. Scott James rounded out the Top-5.

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