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August 16, 2018 - Top 10 Finish in David Yandle's Secondary Car at Carolina Speedway
1Tuesday night saw Ross Bailes in action at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, North Carolina) returning with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series for the Gaston County Shrine 100. After running into motor issues in preliminary action, Ross hopped behind the wheel of David Yandle’s secondary car for the feature and improved two spots in the 30-lapper to place 7th.

1On Thursday night Bailes traveled to Georgetown Speedway (Georgetown, Delaware) for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned Fulton Bank 40. In a field of 25 cars, Bailes failed to make out for his heat race after suffering a broken oil-pump belt in qualifying. Starting on the tail of his B-Main, Ross grabbed the 4th and final transfer spot locking him into the A-Main. Slated to start 24th, Ross Bailes discovered an oil leak before the start of the feature forcing him to scratch from the 40-lap affair.

For more results from these events, please visit www.CarolinaClash.com and www.WoOLMS.com.

August 11, 2018 - Bailes Salvages 14th Place Finish in Stick Elliott Memorial at Cherokee
1On Saturday night Ross Bailes invaded Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Stick Elliott Memorial. In a field of 30 cars, Bailes locked his spot into the $4,000-to-win A-Main with the third fastest time in his qualifying. Starting the feature in 3rd, Ross jumped out to an early lead when he suffered a flat-tire. Joining the field from the tail, Ross Bailes battled back to place 14th.

For more results from this event, please visit www.CarolinaClash.com.

August 7, 2018 - GR Smith Racing and Ross Bailes Join Forces
North Carolina-based G.R. Smith Racing has joined forces with South Carolina’s Ross Bailes for the remainder of the 2018 season and beyond.

“I’m very excited to have Ross coming on board as our team driver,” team owner, G.R. Smith said. “He’s a guy with a lot of talent, and he’s been very successful throughout the Southeast region for the past several years. We’re looking to not only compete regionally but also branch out to a more national schedule. I still plan to drive in various events, but our primary focus will be on having everything ready for Ross at all times.”

The 28-year-old Bailes is excited about the opportunity that lies in front of him.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that G.R. Smith has presented me with,” Bailes commented. “He’s got great equipment and a solid team in place. I’ve been wanting to travel more and go to new places, and with this opportunity I’ll be able to do just that. I’ve had a lot of great people support my racing career to get me to this point, and I plan to do everything in my power to capitalize on the great situation in front of me.”

The team will carry primary sponsorship from M&W Transport, Cheap Cars, Felony Farms, and Victory Circle Auto Sales. In addition, G.R. Smith Racing will continue to utilize Rocket XR1 Chassis and Cornett Racing Engines.

1Ross Bailes made his debut in the G.R. Smith Racing #22 last Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) with the Carolina Clash Late Model Series. The team started fifth on the grid and advanced to as high as the second position in the $4,000-to-win event before a flat tire forced Bailes to head pitside for fresh rubber.

He rejoined the tail of the field and was working his way through the pack before a brake failure ended his night in the 15th position.

“I’m hoping we got all of the bad luck out of the way right off the bat,” Bailes laughed. “A definite positive is that we showed speed right out of the box, and I have no doubt that as a team we can go out and win races.”

For more results from this event, please visit www.CarolinaClash.com.

The team plans to return to competition this Saturday night with a $4,000-to-win, Carolina Clash at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina). They will also race with the Carolina Clash on Tuesday evening at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, North Carolina).

July 7, 2018 - Smith Attends Born Free 40 at Brownstown Speedway
1Saturday night found G.R. Smith in action at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) for the MARS Racing Series sanctioned Born Free 40. With 27 Super Late Models registered in for action, Smith locked his spot into the $5,000-to-win A-Main with a 10-lap heat race victory. Rolling off 2nd, G.R. suffered mechanical issues on lap-18 while batting for the lead that ended his night immediately.

For more results from this event, please visit www.MarsRacingSeries.com.

July 4, 2018 - GR Smith Racing Welcomes M&W Transport
GR Smith Racing is proud to welcome Columbia, South Carolina's M&W Transport to the team as a marketing sponsor. GR Smith will be debuting the M&W Transport logo on his familiar #22 Victory Circle Auto Sales/ XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model on Thursday night at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, North Carolina) in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) event.

"I'm extremely honored to have M&W Transport coming on board as a sponsor for our team," GR Smith said. "Mr. Carl Sherwood and his company do so much to support racing, and hopefully racers and fans alike will support their business whenever they can."

Family owned and headquartered in West Columbia, South Carolina for over 20 years, M&W Towing and Transport is an industry leader in the southeast offering service to and from all areas of the United States. M&W Towing and Transport provides a variety of transportation, hauling and cartage services - specialized or hazmat loads, over size loads right down to towing - M&W does it all.  M&W Towing offers light, medium and heavy duty towing and recovery services as well as long distance auto transport. There is no job too big or too small for M&W.


May 25, 2018 - Smith Visits 311 Motor Speedway for Bill Hicks Memorial
1G.R. Smith invaded 311 Motor Speedway (Pine Hall, North Carolina) on Friday evening for the ULTIMATE Southeast Series sanctioned Bill Hicks Memorial. In a field of 24 Super Late Models, Smith locked his spot into the $5,000-to-win A-Main with the fourth fastest time in his qualifying group. Slated to roll off 7th for the feature, G.R. failed to record a lap after his crew discovered engine issues following his qualifiying session.

For more results from this event, please visit www.ULTIMATESupers.com.

May 12, 2018 - G.R. Smith Attends First in Flight 100 at FMS
1On Friday night Chris Ferguson followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series to Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, North Carolina) for the two-day First in Flight 100 presented by Hoker Trucking. With 34 cars on hand, Smith followed up the sixth fastest time in his qualifying group with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Earning the 11th-starting position for the $25,001-to-win A-Main on Saturday night, G.R. was running in 8th on lap-39 when he pulled pitside to replace his right-rear tire. After working his way up to 13th from the tail, G.R. Smith suffered a broken rear-end on lap 45 ending his night.

For more results from this event, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

May 5, 2018 - Top 5 Finish in Ronnie Brookshire Memorial at Laurens County
1G.R. Smith made the trip to Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, Georgia) on Thursday night for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned program. In a field of 28 cars, Smith recorded the 11th fastest time in qualifying before placing 2nd in his heat behind Mike Marlar. Earning the 6th-starting position for the opening night feature, G.R. suffered a broken rear-end while running in 5th ending his night immediately.

The following night at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the $10,000 top prize, Smith failed to record a lap in time trials after breaking a driveshaft in hot laps. Passing two cars in his heat, G.R. logged an 8th place finish transferring him into the B-Main. Sending the Top 4 into the show, G.R. grabbed the 4th and final transfer position locking his spot into the main event. Rolling off 2nd, G.R. Smith improved four spots in the 50-lapper reeling in a 18th place outing.

1On Saturday night Smith headed to Laurens County Raceway (Laurens County, South Carolina) for the ULTIMATE Southeast Series sanctioned Ronnie Brookshire Memorial. Earning the 8th-starting position for the $4,014-to-win A-Main via preliminary events, G.R. jumped up three spots to place 5th behind Zack Mitchell, Kyle Hardy, Jeff Smith, and Joey Coulter.

For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com and www.ULTIMATESupers.com.

April 28, 2018 - 9th Place Finish in Jack Starrette Memorial at Modoc
1Returning with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, G.R. Smith traveled to Modoc Raceway (Modoc, South Carolina) on Saturday night for the event co-sanctioned with the ULTIMATE Southeast Series. With 24 Super Late Models on hand, Smith locked his spot into the $5,000-to-win A-Main with the second fastest time in his qualifying group. Starting in 4th, G.R. was running in third when a flat left-rear tire sent him spinning. Joining the field from the tail. Smith battled back to a solid 9th place finish.

For more results from this event, please visit www.CarolinaClash.com.

April 21, 2018 - G.R. Smith Attends Skyler Trull Memorial at Carolina Speedway
1Friday night found G.R. Smith in action at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, North Carolina) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Skyler Trull Memorial. Following the sixth fastest time in a field of 25 cars, Smith cruised to a heat race victory positioning him 3rd on the starting grid for the feature. With $5,000 on the line, G.R. was running in second and making a pass for the lead when his car hit a deep-rut sending him over the cushion. Retiring early from the 40-lapper, Smith was credited with a 15th place outing.

For more results from this event, please visit www.CarolinaClash.com.

April 14, 2018 - Smith Visits VMS for Aaron's King of the Commonwealth
1With Mother Nature wiping out his original plans on Friday evening, G.R. Smith made the trip to Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Virginia) on Saturday night for the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series sanctioned Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth. Drawing a stout field of 56 Super Late Models, Smith laid down the sixth fastest time in his qualifying group before grabbing the 3rd and final transfer spot in his heat race. Battling for a $20,000 payday in the feature, G.R. fell four spots in the 60-lap affair logging a 21st place outing.

For more results from this event, please visit www.ULTIMATESupers.com.

March 17, 2018 - G.R. Smith Wins in 2018 Debut at Southern Raceway
1After losing Friday night’s opener, G.R. Smith made his first start of the 2018 season on Saturday night at Southern Raceway (Milton, Florida) for the Southern All Star Series sanctioned Bash at the Beach. In a field of 24 Super Late Models, Smith broke the track record in qualifying earning him the 2nd-starting position for the feature. Jumping into the lead on the opening lap, G.R. led wire-to-wire en route to his first win of the season over Spencer Hughes, J.R. Moseley, Joseph Joiner, and Kitt Sealy. Smith was awarded a $5,000 payday for his dominant performance in the 50-lap affair. (Phil Frye photo)

For more results from this event, please visit www.SASDirt.com.

February 16, 2018 - Brian Shirley Begins DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia
1Traveling to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on Monday for the opening night of the six-day DIRTcar Nationals, Brian Shirley was one of 40 cars signed in for the $7,000 top prize. Losing one spot in his heat race, Brian logged a 9th place finish transferring him into the B-Main. Passing seven cars in the 10-lap consolation event, Shirley landed a runner-up finish behind Chub Frank locking him into the A-Main. Starting in 19th, Shirley dropped two spots in the 30-lap affair to place 21st. (Heath Lawson photos)

1After losing Tuesday’s program to Mother Nature, Brian returned to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on Wednesday for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season opener. Following a 4th place finish in his heat, Shirley secured his spot into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with the 2nd and final transfer spot in his B-Main behind Devin Moran. Starting in 23rd, Brian fell one spot logging a 24th place outing.

1The following night in a field of 47 cars, Shirley posted a 3rd place finish in his heat positioning him 9th on the starting grid for the feature. With $10,000 on the line, Brian dropped back to a 17th place finish.

On Thursday night, Shirley recorded the 12th fastest time in his qualifying group before streaking to a 10-lap heat race win. Earning the 5th-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Brian slipped back to a 15th place outing in the 50-lap affair.

For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcar.com and www.WoOLMS.com.

February 10, 2018 - Shirley Follows Lucas Oil Series to East Bay
1On Monday night Brian Shirley followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) to East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Florida) for the Wrisco Industries Winternationals. In a field of 40 cars, Shirley secured his spot into the opening night feature with the 4th and final transfer spot in his heat. Running into trouble early, Brian brought out a caution on lap 6 that eventually ended his night early.

1Drawing 46 cars on Tuesday for another $5,000-to-win A-Main, Brian landed a 4th place finish in his heat positioning him 16th on the starting grid for the feature. Dropping three spots in the 30-lapper, Shirley fell back to a 19th place outing. (Heath Lawson photos)

On Wednesday night for the $7,000 top prize, Shirley locked his spot into the A-Main with 3rd place finish in his heat. Earning the 18th-starting position for the feature, Brian improved three spots to place 15th.

1With 53 cars on hand on Thursday night, Brian posted a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Kyle Bronson positioning him 8th on the starting grid for the main event. Falling shy of a Top-10 finish, Shirley slipped back to an 18th place outing in the 40-lap affair.

After taking Friday night off, Shirley returned to East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Florida) on Saturday for the $12,000-to-win finale. Transferring the Top 3 out of the heats, Brian logged a 5th place finish sending him into the B-Main. Needing to place in the Top 2 to make the show, Brian Shirley registered a 13th place finish bringing an early end to his weekend.

For more results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

February 3, 2018 - Brian Shirley Attends Super Bowl of Racing
1Debuting in the Victory Circle Auto Sales #22 Super Late Model to kick off the 2018 season, Brian Shirley visited Golden Isles Speedway (Brunswick, Georgia) on Friday night for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) sanctioned weekend. With 41 Super Late Models on hand for the two-day Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing, Shirley was able qualify but suffered mechanical issues that kept him from competing in his heat race and B-Main.

Returning on Saturday, Brian held his spot for all 10-laps in his heat race to place 8th. Transferring into the B-Main for one final shot at the $12,000-to-win finale, Shirley came up one spot short of a transfer spot with a 5th place outing.

For more results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

December 7th, 2017 - GR Smith Racing and Brian Shirley Join Forces for WoO Assault in 2018 
1Cornelius, North Carolina (12/07/17) – North Carolina-based G.R. Smith Racing will make a run at the 2018 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Model Series championship with Illinois hot-shoe, Brian Shirley behind the wheel of the team’s familiar #22 entry. <<MORE>>

November 22nd, 2017 - G.R. Smith Ends 2017 Campaign
The 2017 season saw G.R. Smith Racing - Team 22 Inc. compete in a total of 57 events while visiting victory lane six times. With the weather determining the outcome of ten of his scheduled dates, the team collected 29 Top-10 outings and 18 Top-5 finishes.

November 10th, 2017 - G.R. Smith Racing Preparing for Busy 2018 Season
GR Smith Racing – Team 22 Inc. is putting the final pieces into place to have their most ambitious season to date in 2018. The team is looking to pursue an aggressive schedule with either the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series or the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

It will mark the first time that GR Smith Racing – Team 22 Inc. has chased a national championship.

While the team has secured some great sponsors already, they are currently seeking additional associate sponsors as they embark on a grueling national tour.

There are marketing opportunities available to meet any company’s budget or advertising goals.

Individuals or companies, who may be interested in becoming a marketing partner with the team can reach GR Smith at 704-662-4287 or at Grsmith2258@yahoo.com.

November 4th, 2017 - Shirley Lands Top 10 Finish in World Finals A-Main
1Powering the Victory Circle Auto Sales #22 Super Late Model, Brian Shirley traveled to the Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, North Carolina) on Thursday evening for the 11th annual Textron Off Road World Finals. Drawing 75 Super Late Models for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned weekend, Brian followed up the 11th fastest time in his qualifying group with the 13th fastest in his group during the second session.

1Earning the 4th-starting position for his heat on Friday, Brian edged his way into the main event with the 3rd and final transfer spot. Rolling off 14th, Shirley advanced through the field five spots reeling in a 9th place finish. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

Returning on Saturday for another $12,000-to-win A-Main, Shirley suffered mechanical issues in his heat race that prevented him from finishing. Transferring into the B-Main for another shot at the finale, Brian logged an 8th place outing forcing him to rely on a provisional into the main event. Starting in 27th, Brian Shirley improved ten positions in the 50-lap affair registering a 17th place outing.

For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

October 30th, 2017 - Brian Shirley to Drive for G.R. Smith at the Dirt Track at Charlotte
GR Smith is proud to announce that Chatham, Illinois’ racer Brian Shirley will be piloting the Team 22 Inc./ Victory Circle Auto Sales/ #22 311 Motor Speedway/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model during the upcoming weekend’s Textron Off Road World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, North Carolina). The weekend’s events will mark the first time that the former Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals has driven an entry for the team.

October 21st, 2017 - Podium Finish in DTWC at PRP
1 Unveiling a brand new throwback wrap honoring the late Mike Duvall, Jonathan Davenport headed to Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) on Friday evening for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) sanctioned weekend. With 72 Super Late Models on hand for the 37th annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship, Davenport followed up a 3rd place finish in his first heat with a heat race win. Earning the pole position for the $100,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday night, Jonathan jumped into the lead on the drop of the green flag and held the top spot until lap 35. Hanging on to a podium finish in the remaining 65 circuits, Jonathan Davenport notched a 3rd place spot behind Josh Richards and Brandon Sheppard with Mike Marlar and Jared Hawkins completing the Top 5 finishers. (Heath Lawson photo)

For more results from this event, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

October 6th, 2017 - Jonathan Davenport Tops ULTIMATE Field at 311
1 Friday night brought Jonathan Davenport to 311 Motor Speedway (Pine Hall, North Carolina) competing in a field of 20 ULTIMATE Southeast Series Super Late Models. Laying down the second fastest time in qualifying, Davenport earned the 2nd-starting position for the A-Main. Waiting till the final laps to make his move for the lead, Jonathan slipped by Ross Bailes on lap 38 and held him off in the final two circuits to capture his fourth win of the season and a $4,000 payday. Bailes, Kyle Hardy, Tyler Millwood, and Dennis Franklin completed the Top 5 finishers. (Michael Bumgarner photo)

Saturday’s ULTIMATE Southeast Series sanctioned program at Dublin Motor Speedway (Dublin, North Carolina) was rained out by Mother Nature.

For more results from this event, please visit www.ULTIMATESupers.com.

January 26th, 2017 - G.R. Smith Wraps up 2016 Season; Prepares for Speedweeks
Attending 14 events during the 2016 season, G.R. Smith posted four Top 5 finishes. Smith with kick off the 2017 campaign in early February at Golden Isles Speedway (Brunswick, Georgia) for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) sanctioned Super Bowl of Racing.