• Sprint car racer takes break to join Air National Guard

    By: Luke Slabaugh

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    19-year-old Bailey Hughes first rose to fame with her younger sister, Jaiden, when the two were the only girls competing in the sprint car races at Creek County Speedway.

    However, Bailey is speeding off to a new challenge - to serve her country.

    She'll join the Air National Guard at the end of July.

    "A lot of my family is involved in the military in some aspect," Bailey said. "My aunts and uncles, my grandparents, they all served. So, I want to keep that in our family, our tradition. I also want to serve my country. I want to do my full 20 years, do a few tours overseas, just impact anyone’s life the best I can."

    Bailey said the recent flooding in Oklahoma made her want to put on a uniform and help with the destruction that occurred. She'll need the training first. 

    Part of her reserve role will include travelling overseas and helping with natural disasters when they happen.

    "It’s not for you, it’s for everyone else you go and help," Bailey said. "It warms my heart that I’m going to be doing more for someone else than I’m going to be getting in return." 

    Bailey says she considers herself a perfectionist; it paid off in a big way in her academic career. She posted a 4.8 GPA at Edison Prepatarory School in Tulsa. Her studies at Oklahoma State landed her an accounting internship with the OSU Foundation.

    Bailey leaves for basic training July 23. She'll start at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tx. From there, she will go to Ohio for tech school training. She plans on returning to Oklahoma State for classes in the spring of 2020.

    When she comes home, her racing career will continue.

    "Dirt track racing, we’re all a family here," Bailey said. "No matter where you go, you’re able to get help wherever you’re at...I’ve been really fortunate to have a strong family behind me."

     

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