Bailey's post season burn lights up at Sobo. (South Boston, VA) It's postseason madness in Virginia's Racing Region. Late Model Stock drivers are lining up at the gates, ready to do battle against the best in the business. As the war rages on...
Bailey's post season burn lights up at Sobo.
(South Boston, VA) It's postseason madness in Virginia's Racing Region. Late Model Stock drivers are lining up at the gates, ready to do battle against the best in the business. As the war rages on the asphalt, it is growing increasingly clear that Bailey's has a corner on the market in this business. With the first two major postseason events (Martinsville's Taco Bell 300 and Southampton Motor Speedway's Oktoberfast 450) being claimed by drivers that wear Bailey's blue, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway's Bailey's 300 is the home turf scuffle that is destined to thrill. As action lights up Nov. 9 for a full day of racing excitement, Bailey's drivers will need a special brand of competitive fire to win this 300-lap invitational. Brandon Butler, Timothy Peters, Jamie Caudill and others have shared Frank Deiny Jr. as a Bailey's teammate in the post season; however, Deiny battles for hometown rights in his championship-winning Creative Surfaces/Ardex Cements Chevrolet at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. Deiny, who took his No. 4 Bailey's Chevrolet to victory at Martinsville and also winning at Orange County this past weekend, will defend his track championship reputation when the hired guns of Bailey's come looking to take their race-titled namesake back to Keysville (Va.). With the Bailey family operating a fifth-generation tobacco business in their Southside Virginia roots, hometown titles take on a whole new meaning.
"I usually like to go into someone else's backyard and rough them up a little," says Frank Deiny Jr. "Mac Bailey and his family have been great to me and provided me with some great equipment this year to do just that, but now it's time to come home to race against them in my own backyard. I won't back down an inch! Brandon and Timothy have both been tough here lately, and Jamie took the advantage at Southampton, but we're back to South Boston this time and there isn't any Bailey's blue helping me with this race. The Baileys mean a whole lot to Late Model racing. No one has a bigger presence here than Bailey's. I have been fortunate to work with them this year, but my focus is taking this Creative Surfaces machine to the front and snuffing out their fire. Make no mistakes about it, I am here to win."
Timothy Peters, Wade Day and Jamie Caudill have all posted track championships with their Bailey's colors this year. Caudill claimed hold of the Southeastern Coastal Regional championship for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge after collecting the Southern National Speedway track crown. Peters, who claimed the Orange County Speedway track title, finished a close second to Caudill for the regional trophy. Wade Day claimed the Atlantic Region championship with his title at Lonesome Pine Speedway in Coeburn, Va. Although Butler posted numerous wins at Big Daddy' s South Boston Speedway and Southampton Motor Speedway, he was unable to put together an adequate defense of his 2001 Atlantic Seaboard Regional title.
"We came in to this year looking to capitalize on our success from last year," says a very focused Butler. "Mac, Steve and the whole Bailey family were behind me all the way. They are the greatest sponsors in all of motorsports. It's hard to duplicate a year like last year. With two track championships and a regional title, we looked forward to making a run at the national title, but when you bring in the competition like South Boston had this year, you'd have to be pretty arrogant to think that you could just come back and win it all. Frank (Deiny) came in here to win and proved it. Todd Massey brought his experience from Ace Speedway, while Eddie Johnson came back to put the pressure on us. These guys do their homework, and they're going to be here every week running to win. Having five track champions competing here every week made it that much harder. We ran well and were locked in a battle all the way to the finish, but we didn't pull it off. Now it's time for us to get that Bailey's Chevrolet back in Victory Lane at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. With the commitment that the Baileys have made to me and my racing career, I owe them that much. We're going to give everything we have to bring home that Bailey's 300 title when it's all said and done."
The Bailey's 300 is the largest proving grounds with a national audience for Late Model Stock Car drivers to date. With SPEED Channel coverage broadcasting the event Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 5 p.m., the Bailey's 300 Hometown Challenge is the Late Model national audition for tomorrow's NASCAR superstars.
Gates for the Bailey's 300 open at 9 a.m., just in time for 10 a.m. qualifying. The Mike's Hard Lemonade, 3M and Just Born Heat races begin at noon, with the last chance race scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Green flag for the Bailey's 300 falls at 3 p.m. Reserved seats are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Youth age 10 to 15 are $10, and children nine and under are free. A limited number of $15 backstretch tickets will be available for purchase raceday only. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Speedway toll-free at 1-877-440-1540 or log on to www.southbostonspeedway.com. Tickets are also available online at www.tickets.com.