Jack B. Bailey

Inducted in 1995

  • 1933: Born April 12, Winston Salem, North Carolina.
  • 1955: Began driving at Vernon Downs.
  • 1959: Won first driving championship at age 26.
  • 1964: Fastest ride behind "Mighty Tar Heel" with a time of 1:56.3.
  • 1955 - 1986: Harness Driver; Total starts – 16,388; wins – 3,264; 2nd – 2,493; 3rd – 2,053.
  • Ranked among the top 40 dash winners of all time. Vernon Downs all time driving champion with 12 percentage Championships, four dash winning championships, and 16 overall driving championships.
  • 1977: Registered 205 wins at Vernon setting a track record.
  • 1985 : Jack wins his 2nd Training title at Vernon.
  • 1986: Injured with a broken back in accident.
  • 1990: Second racing accident resulting in broken vertebrae and injured shoulder.
  • 1993: Bailey’s comeback at Vernon winning him a victory with a time of 1:55.3 – his best time of his career.

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