Sturgis, KY - From Rookie of the Year honors in 1998, to the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series championship in '99, Bill Baird is still on the move. After winning the ARCA championship in just 47 career starts, Baird is inching closer to his dream, ...
Sturgis, KY - From Rookie of the Year honors in 1998, to the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series championship in '99, Bill Baird is still on the move.
After winning the ARCA championship in just 47 career starts, Baird is inching closer to his dream, owning a NASCAR Winston Cup team.
"It's been my dream right from the start, and I'm not getting any younger," said Baird from his Sturgis, Kentucky race shop. "Right now we have a lot of momentum built up after winning the ARCA championship, so we thought there could be no better time to utilize it and move in the Winston Cup direction. With the knowledge we've been able to gain over the last ten years, we feel like we're finally in a position to try it. It's no secret that we are headed into the toughest stock car league in the world, and it will take a 100% effort on our part to accomplish our goals."
In doing so, and with limited sponsorship, the rising stock car star will scale back his ARCA schedule in 2000 in an effort to focus his attention on NASCAR.
"Right now we're planning making NASCAR attempts at both Pocono events and the Brickyard 400," said Baird. "I'm pretty comfortable at Pocono and the team has a good bit of experience there. And the Brickyard is an obvious choice for me. It's close to home and it would be the ultimate race to make. We also have Phoenix tentatively on our schedule as well. Outside of that, our plans are to run the Spring ARCA races at Salem and Anderson, then concentrate solely on our Winston Cup plans, and then run Springfield, DuQuoin and the Salem ARCA events towards the end of the year. We're aware that our new plans are challenging, but you never know unless you try."
Baird's ARCA career has seen the former stunt pilot win five races, finish in the top-five 21 times, post 27 top-tens and lead a total of 916 laps in 21 races. Additionally, Baird sat on the pole in the '98 Daytona ARCA 200 in only his fifth ARCA start in Chevrolets prepared out of the Ken Schrader racing shop.