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.
“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.