~ He sat in the No. 81 NASCAR 358 Modified,
the same car he drove to an impressive second place finish at Grandview on
Saturday night, anxious to see if he could get a win.

 Mike Bailey had been away from
stock car racing at Grandview for a few seasons. He got back in the Dennis and
Joanne Bailey owned Modified several weeks back. It was a struggle for a while
but this past Saturday it all seemed to come together with the second place

 On Tuesday night Mike had earned
a starting spot in the Thunder on the Hill Modified feature and sat in his race
car on the track waiting for the event to get the green flag. Suddenly the
veteran racer slumped over the steering wheel. Emergency crews rushed to his
aid. He was quickly removed from the car and rushed to the hospital. He was
pronounced dead a short time later.

 The good natured racer, 39, was
popular with fans and racers. He had one feature win to his credit in the NASCAR
358 Modifieds and was always considered a threat to finish up in a top

 The Bailey Family, including
Mike?s parents Randy and Donna Bailey, have been huge supporters of the sport
going back many years.

 Mike, who made his home in
Kutztown as did much of the Bailey family, leaves behind a wife, Melissa and
three children (Madison, Eli and Reese).

 Bruce and Teresa Rogers, owners
of Grandview Speedway along with Thunder on the Hill promotional partners Bob
and Donna Miller along with all involved with auto racing at Grandview extend
their deepest sympathies to the Bailey Family.

 ?It is such a shock to have
someone that you have seen grow up in the sport, a fixture over the years at our
track, pass away at such a young age,? said Bruce Rogers. ?He will be missed by
all that are involved with racing at

 The viewing for Mike Bailey is
set for Monday, August 3 with calling time being 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at
Ludwig Funeral Home, 333 Greenwich St. Kutztown, PA. Calling time will again
take place at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4th with services
taking place at 11:00 a.m.