Home
Drivers
Owners-Crew
Statistics
Stories
Links
Contact
 

Dale Jr Bud Racing
Dale Jr Bud...
Buy this Tin Sign for $12.99

Dale Sr Legacy of Racing
Dale Sr Legacy of...
Buy this Tin Sign for $12.99










 

 

Herring Burl 'H. B.' Bailey
Born: November 15, 1936      Died: April 17, 2003
Home: Houston, Texas

H.B. Bailey (1936-2003) was a NASCAR driver. He was famous for racing his #36 Pontiac part-time as an independent driver in the Grand National/Winston Cup series from 1962 to 1993.

Although never running a full schedule, he was still with fans. He became the first driver to take a qualifying lap for the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, despite the fact he didn't make the race. He died of heart failure on April 17, 2003.

Bailey's son J.D. (Joe Dan) Bailey is a spotter and crew chief in the Busch Series.

NASCAR veteran H.B. Bailey passes away By Dave Rodman, Turner Sports Interactive April 17, 2003

Herring Burl "H.B." Bailey, a popular NASCAR Winston Cup independent owner/driver in four decades, passed away early
Thursday morning at Methodist Hospital from heart failure.

Bailey, 66, made 85 starts in the NASCAR Grand National Division and Winston Cup Series, from 1962-93. He accrued two top-five and three top-10 finishes in his career.

"Our sport was built by people like H.B. Bailey," said Richard Petty, who raced alongside Bailey for virtually his entire career. "We all did things the same way in those days -- we drove ourselves to the race track, we worked hard when we got there, we raced hard and then we drove home.  "H.B. was a racer through and through, and the sport is better off because he was a part of it. We will miss him."

The operator of a Houston salvage yard, Almeda Auto Parts, which appeared as a sponsor on many of his race cars, came out of semi-retirement in 1994 and was the first driver to make a Bud Pole Qualifying lap for the inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bailey usually competed in a limited number of Winston Cup races in any season, making his most starts, seven, in 1988; but was always a popular member of the fiercely competitive independent drivers that raced more for the love of the sport and without sufficient financial backing.

Darlington Raceway was one of the goateed driver's favorite venues and he was a three-time member of the UNOCAL/Darlington Record Club at the famed South Carolina oval. Bailey made his final start in the 1993 Southern 500 at Darlington.

In the 1972 NASCAR Grand American division, Bailey won the pole for the opener at Daytona International Speedway and finished second in the national championship standings to Wayne Andrews.

On a biographical questionnaire he filled out in 1965, Bailey said he began racing at Playland Park, near Houston, in 1954. He won the track championship there in 1959. Coincidentally A.J. Foyt started his career in 1953 at Playland Park.

Bailey's youngest son, Joe Dan Bailey, formerly worked on his father's race team before moving on to work at Hendrick Motorsports. He has served as a NASCAR crew chief and currently is at the NASCAR Technical Institute. He is the only one of his siblings currently involved in motorsports.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Michelle; four sons, Dennis Burl, Kirk, John Travis and Joe Dan; and two daughters, Kittie and Sarah Lynn.

Reader Response: I have known H.B. since 1986 and worked for him in the late 80's. He was a wonderful guy that loved to race.    Bobby Newell

H.B. Bailey - 1936-2003

Written by: Ben Blake, RACER Magazine Houston, Texas  4/18/2003

H.B. Bailey, part-time NASCAR independent and operator of a group of Houston-area auto parts businesses, died Thursday morning of heart failure at the age of 66.

Likeable Bailey, whose bearded visage was easily recognizable, never attempted more than six or eight Winston Cup (Grand National) races in a season, and his best finishes were two fifth-places.

Bailey also competed in NASCAR's lower-dollar Grand American division in the 1960s and 1970s, winning the GA pole at Daytona in 1972 and finishing second in the class standings.

Bailey was one of a group of persistent small operators who lasted in NASCAR well into the 1980s, although Bailey seemed more to race for fun than for a career. He ran his last Winston Cup race in 1990.

Herring Burl Bailey was born Nov. 15, 1936 and lived most of his life in Houston. Surviving are his wife Michelle and six children. Son Joe Dan, who worked with several Cup teams as a tire specialist in the 1990s, now works at NASCAR's R&D center.

As reported in jayski.com

Sad News: April 17, 2003: Herring Burl Bailey, known in racing circles for nearly 30 years as H.B. Bailey, passed away early this morning at Methodist Hospital [TX] from heart failure. A popular competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, 1964-90, Bailey was one of the top independent drivers of the time, and a leader among the group. On the track, he was a three-time member of the Darlington Record Club at the famed Darlington Raceway. In the Grand American division in 1972, Bailey won the Daytona pole and finished second in the national championship standings. "Our sport was built by people like H.B. Bailey," said Richard Petty, who raced alongside him for years. "We all did things the same way in those days - we drove ourselves to the race track, we worked hard when we got there, we raced hard and then we drove home. H.B. was a racer through and through, and the sport is better off because he was a part of it. We will miss him." Bailey, 66, is survived by his wife of 21 years, Michelle; four sons, Dennis Burl, Kirk, John Travis and Joe Dan; and two daughters, Kittie and Sarah Lynn. Joe Dan Bailey, who is with the NASCAR Technical Institute, is the only child currently involved in motorsports. Funeral arrangements were pending Thursday afternoon.(Williams Company PR)(4-17-2003)

AND Information regarding arrangements for H.B. Bailey is as follows:
Visitation 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2003 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Sugarland, TX
Memorial Service 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church
A private burial service for family members will be held Tuesday morning, April 22.

H. B. Bailey Grand National / Winston Cup Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn Miles
1962 25 1 of 53 0 0 0 0 101 0 300 128 37.0 30.0 151.5
1963 26 2 of 55 0 0 0 0 226 0 775 53 37.0 18.0 565.0
1964 27 2 of 62 0 0 0 0 141 0 900 136 36.0 32.0 194.6
1965 28 5 of 55 0 1 3 0 810 0 5,000 29 14.2 12.6 1337.5
1966 29 4 of 49 0 0 0 0 450 0 2,745 66 20.5 28.0 671.4
1967 30 3 of 49 0 0 0 0 322 0 3,850 50 19.7 21.3 675.6
1968 31 2 of 49 0 0 0 0 187 0 1,250 81 16.0 36.0 263.9
1969 32 6 of 54 0 0 1 0 638 0 5,880 53 25.3 26.0 1302.8
1970 33 1 of 48 0 0 0 0 180 0 995   31.0 34.0 245.9
1971 34 4 of 48 0 0 0 0 657 11 1,490   10.0 23.2 480.3
1972 35 5 of 31 0 1 1 0 1167 6 8,010 58 21.4 21.0 1653.9
1973 36 2 of 28 0 0 0 0 243 0 1,935 77 25.0 25.0 482.6
1975 38 1 of 30 0 0 0 0 1 0 1,015 114 40.0 40.0 1.4
1979 42 4 of 31 0 0 0 0 738 0 5,835 56 29.0 24.5 1174.6
1981 44 4 of 31 0 0 0 0 605 0 7,125 55 31.0 26.8 988.6
1982 45 6 of 30 0 0 0 0 1016 0 9,455 41 27.5 28.7 1611.8
1983 46 2 of 30 0 0 0 0 684 0 4,110 61 37.0 22.0 1032.9
1984 47 2 of 30 0 0 0 0 529 0 5,640 58 38.5 23.5 770.3
1985 48 2 of 28 0 0 0 0 206 0 3,065 74 33.0 34.5 298.9
1986 49 4 of 29 0 0 0 0 918 1 9,225 52 32.2 26.8 1288.8
1987 50 5 of 29 0 0 0 0 1150 0 18,885 49 34.0 25.8 1690.5
1988 51 7 of 29 0 0 0 0 1180 0 15,775 43 36.7 31.6 1787.8
1989 52 2 of 29 0 0 0 0 487 0 6,595 60 37.5 26.5 787.0
1990 53 3 of 29 0 0 0 0 421 0 9,615 65 37.3 34.3 608.4
1991 54 3 of 29 0 0 0 0 545 0 13,095 53 39.3 32.0 981.0
1992 55 1 of 29 0 0 0 0 8 0 7,755 95 37.0 41.0 16.0
1993 56 2 of 30 0 0 0 0 238 0 12,750 60 40.0 34.5 441.8
27 years 85 0 2 5 0 13848 18 163,070   28.8 26.8 21504.6


Nascar Nextel Cup Series Tickets


Copyright 2003 LegendsofNascar.com by Roland Via. All rights reserved.  Revised: 06/08/12 08:11:25 -0400. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. FAIR USE NOTICE: This web page may contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This page is operated under the assumption that this use on the Web constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. Any text or images that you feel need to be removed please contact me. LegendsofNascar.com is not associated or affiliated with any racing club or organizations including that of NASCAR. It is constructed simply as an internet information source. Images and content made be used with email permission. Opinions and other content are not necessarily those of editors, sponsors. Please visit official NASCAR information website at NASCAR.COM.