Will Compete at Ultra4 Rock Sports Challenge This Weekend
STURGIS, KY JULY 12, 2011 Bill Baird is a retired ARCA Champion who bought a Campbell Enterprises buggy in March, finished 5th last month at Rausch Creek qualifying for the 2012 King of the Hammers and will compete at the Rock Sports Challenge this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. “I didn’t know that one race would turn into the series, but I sure am glad that it has,” said Bill Baird who plans to race the rest of the 2011 Ultra4 Series in preparation for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers.
The Rausch Creek Qualifier was Baird’s first experience racing the car and the style of rock racing. “The starting gate to the finish line was the hardest part. JT (Taylor) told me where to go, and I just followed directions on what to do. I didn’t make any mistakes and kept it out of the trees,” Baird said after the race with a muddy face. “I came here wanting to qualify for King of the Hammers and at least finish in the top 10, but I didn’t get my hopes up. I guess a little talent paid off. I have spent a lot of time racing over my life, but have been away from it for years and I just like to drive fast vehicles. Main thing, I had to finish the race, and I did and ended up a little better than thought I was going to.” They finished 5th.
Bill Baird’s name is well known in the ARCA Racing Series with over 68 career starts with 28 top-5 finishes and 36 top-10 finishes. His list of accomplishments is long including the 1999 ARCA Series Champion, multiple Pole Positions, Rookie of the Year in different disciplines of racing, Most Improved Driver and more. He is a veteran of ASA late model series, dirt modifies and UMP late models.
His history doesn’t come from the track, but rather as a stunt pilot. He founded and developed Saturn Manufacturing, contributing to 22 patents for processes and equipment in the coking of steel. As time allowed, he ended up in the pits at the races and gradually shifted from the air to dirt circle track to asphalt and will now start a new chapter in the rock racing segment.
Bill Baird will be racing the #5252 car Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th at the American Rock Sports Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. For more information go to www.Ultra4Racing.com
Bill Baird at Rausch Creek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEzWnFvsUUA
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