Matt Bailey returning to Bullring

February 12, 2014 10 Comments
Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey

Late model driver Matt Bailey is returning to Quincy Raceways. And on a limited basis, so may his dad, two-time track champion Lonnie Bailey.

Matt Bailey’s race time was limited at best the past two seasons due to work commitments at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, but Lonnie Bailey told me Wednesday those issues have been resolved and his son should be back in the pits this season at 8000 Broadway.

Lonnie Bailey said he may be able to run a limited schedule this season, but that remains up in the air as he gets a couple of new business ventures off the ground.

Lonnie Bailey

Lonnie Bailey

“If I do it, I don’t want to do it halfway,” Lonnie Bailey said. “I would want to give 100 percent. Right now, there’s about a 50-50 chance I’ll be able to do some racing.”

Matt Bailey is the only late model driver in the 39-race UMP era (since 2012) at the Bullring to win a feature with an IMCA power plant. Bailey won the April 8, 2012 main event.

Only two drivers in the aforementioned UMP era have won a feature starting from as far back as eighth — Matt Bailey and Michael Long. Long turned the trick in 2013.

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  1. GMF says:

    This is AWESOME!!!!! Such a great news! This snow can melt anytime because I truly can not wait to see what 2014 has in store for us!!! We are going to rock this racing world unpside down and back around again!!!

  2. GMF says:

    Bring back the MUSTACHE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  3. Zero says:

    I bet they don’t run imca spec motors this year. It takes pure luck to win with imca motor verse a Ump open motor. You have least 150 to 140 horsepower disadvantage or more up against open motors.

  4. rick sager says:

    zero: dont matter on a dry slick track

  5. Zero says:

    Rick Sager, sorry to tell you it does matter. With these ump motors running these high dollar shock packages and carbs it does matter. They can hook these big motors up on any dry slick track and still be very fast if they know how to work them correctly and hit the combitioin. Dry slick conditions mite take a little time off their lap times, but not a noth time for a imca motor to be competitive against a ump motor no way. That’s like bring a knife to a gun fight.

  6. rick sager says:

    zero: tell me how matt beat ump motor then if thats true? and would of done it twice if wasnt taken out when leading and that was on a ump show with the big boys

  7. Zero says:

    I did say the word luck. That is what Matt had that night he won was a luck on his side. If I’m not mistaken there was little contact going that night between different the drivers. That’s way he got taken out the next week from Bobby Pierce a little pay back.

    Anyways that’s all side point and off key what we are talking about. If a imce spec motor was competitive against ump motors at QR. way isn’t guys like Mark 7B still running his spec motor since all the good luck streak he had with his spec. Also way isn’t guys that only run QR. like Justin Reed and Clint K. #28 and Long #56, Perry #27 still running their spec engines. They know the difference and doesn’t take a rocket scientists to figure it out that would behind the 8 ball with a spec engine against open motor. Most of race tracks in Midwest are dry slick in summer time when comes to feature time anyways specially QR back than. It was Nothing but a dust bowel. If that is case of dry slick tracks and spec engines way isn’t other racers running spec engines. Hey no hard feelings, but come on man wake up to reality of open motors verse imca engines.

  8. Zero's Buddy says:

    Darn, this is tough agreeing with Zero, he probably because the track was crap, he started on the front and there was no passing that night. Nothing against Matt, to bad his dad is talking about coming back to race, who really cares if he does, I know a whole bunch that doesn’t.

  9. Drone says:

    Zero buddy, Matt started 8th that night and had nothing to do with luck.
    he was hooked up and earned the win. As far as Lonnie , give the dude a freaking break. He’s a good dude.

    DRONE IS WATCHING

  10. Zero's Buddy says:

    Think the last word should be dud……….

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