(8-25-2020) Wheatland, MO. In a year that can only be described as bizarre with unprecedented times and a future that has challenged the US Economy, Business Owners, Racers, and Family Members...it was a nice relief to get back to what we love and enjoy...RACING!
The Stronghold Motorsports team completed a month of back-to-back races which consisted of 5 rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Short Course Series (LOORS) and a Best in the Desert Series Off Road race which is the longest race in the United States at a whopping 514-mile stretch referred to as Vegas to Reno Desert Race.
With renewed excitement Stronghold Motorsports has re-entered the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, after a short reprieve, driven by the encouragement from their longtime Primary Sponsor Lucas Oil/MavTv. Coming into the year SMI had high hopes with the addition of 2 new drivers Madix “MadMan” Bailey racing the #29 (Pro-Lite) and Irie “Love” Bailey racing the #429 (Jr-2), the grandchildren of team owners Beverly & Scott Bailey. Starting the series off with great starts, Madix the MadMan has accomplished more than what could have been expected with podium finishes at 4 out of the first 5 rounds of the LOORS series. Madix finished 3rd place at 3 of the rounds and a 2nd place at another round, who now finds himself sitting in a fantastic spot in the points at 3rd and leading for the title of Rookie of the year honors.
Irie “Love” Bailey, the younger granddaughter of the Bailey’s pulled off what was an impressive 3rd place podium finish in round 3. Her first season in the JR-2 class, Irie is on her way to many more podiums and earning the respect of what is considered a mans world of off-road racing. No doubt she’ll be up there with the likes of many famous female off-road racers in no time.
Stronghold Motorsports has been involved and raced in nearly every class within the LOORS series since 2007. The Stronghold Motorsports team, which includes Madix and Irie, follow in their father Brandon Bailey’s footsteps, who has driven the Super buggy and Pro-4 classes. The SMI team has won numerous championships and honors in the last 5 years of the series.
Scott Bailey Co-Owner of Stronghold Motorsports said “He and the Bailey Family are very excited about the results their grandchildren obtained, they have exceeded all of our original plans and goals. This is a family managed Team and we are very happy to further involve the kids in motorsports.” Both Madix and Irie have raced Trophy karts since they were 6 and 7, originally starting at the regional level advancing through the different classes. With this being the first year in the Pro class (Pro-lite) for Madix.