Bailey Corey, with new sponsor Alka-Seltzer, seems to be succeeding as a grind

Bayley Currey isn’t a name people will know unless you follow Nascar closely. The underdog driver is in the middle of his first season for the JD Motorsports small group, themselves responsible for helping Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain and others get to the map.

Known as one of the most determined people in the Nascar Xfinity series, Cory knows the interior and exterior components of his car. He’s been competing with small teams since 2017 in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions, mostly with limited funding.

But like Chastain, Currey wants to be known as the guy who gets the most out of a little. That mindset and drive led him to attract new sponsorships, some with key partners like Alka-Seltzer, which sponsored a No. 4 Chevrolet for the first time at Pocono Raceway, last month.

“It was great to be a part of this process, because you’ve never done anything like this before,” Corey said. “It’s great to see this side of her and how big companies make it worth their time and money to be part of our team.”

It’s a whirlwind of feelings for Currey, the only person Alka-Seltzer has chosen to return to Nascar after being away from the sport for nearly two decades. To do this with a small team and a somewhat unknown driver that shows the potential of Cory.

“I wouldn’t say it’s pressure, but it’s a privilege,” Corey said of welcoming Alka Seltzer back to NASCAR. “Usually, when you leave the company, they disappear. It was really cool to bring them back and show us what we’re up to.”

Corey scored his first in the top 10 of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in mid-July, and he hopes the additional sponsorship between Alka Seltzer and Hi-V, who has joined Team No. 4 in Indianapolis, will lift his team into contention for more top ten spots. .

Corey said, “I go in there and try everything I can every week, whether the car is an empty red or if we have an Alka-Seltzer or Hy-Vee on the car. We always go out there and try to do the best job possible as a team. You always want to do Even better than last time and keep moving forward.”

Now, the focus is on continuing to get the most out of a little for Carrie. His car hasn’t been red since early July, and he wants to keep it that way.

Most of all, Corey absorbs as much information as possible.

“The guys in the shop and I work hard all week to make the best car possible,” he said. “I feel like it’s been shown. I’ve been on the series for a while now, so it pays to get that experience.

“If I go to some of these places like the road courses, which I don’t go to much, it makes it more difficult. I wasn’t very good at qualifying in places like that, but during the race I learned as much as I could to be there at the end.”

This weekend at Watkins Glen International, Currey will be sponsored by Hy-Vee. In one start on the track – coming last year – he finished 32nd for Mike Harmon’s race.

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