Bailey Rosch admits he’s competitive, whether it’s on the hockey ice or in a race car.
The 22-year-old from Alexandria is in his third year of driving the #28 Wissota Super Stock at Viking Speedway in Alexandria. Prior to that, he was a goalie for the Alexandria High School team and for the Alexandria Blizzard juniors team – which is coached by long-time super stock driver Jeff Crouse.
“My favorite part about racing is just hopping in the car and nothing else matters besides going straight and turning left,” Rosch said. “It’s so much fun. Being a hockey player, I’m such a competitive person, and this brings out the competitiveness.”
Rosch raced in go-karts in his youth but took some years off of racing for his hockey career. In 2021 he jumped into the super stock class. His father, Shane, had helped the Jeff Crouse racing team previously.
“We helped Crouse out a lot,” Rosch said. “That’s how we got into the supers. Jeff helps out a lot.”
Rosch’s father has been a huge influence in his racing career.
“He’s been everything,” Rosch said. “He’s such a role model for me. I look up to him so much. A thank you can’t speak for how appreciative I am of him and all he does on this car and for me in life.”
On May 29, 2022, Rosch broke through for his first career feature win, topping another promising young talent in the class, Karter Reents of Glenwood.
In his rookie year, Rosch had six top fives in 38 starts with one runner-up finish. In 2022, he broke through for his first career feature win and had nine top five finishes in 27 starts.
“It was unbelievable. My birthday was the day before. We had a DNF on my birthday, and we worked all day to get the car back out on the track,” Rosch said. “I took the green flag, took the lead out of two and it was a blur from there. It was unforgettable.”
He likes the Wissota Super Stock class, and how there is parity in the division.
“You can have not top-of-the-line stuff and still be competitive. Everybody is close to the same. And it’s a great group of guys.”
Rosch is currently attending the University of North Dakota online and works for Compass Education Center part-time . He also plans to become an assistant coach for Crouse with the Blizzard.
One sponsor on his car that is close to his heart is AutismAdvocating.com which provides resources to families who are impacted by autism. The business is owned by his aunt; his cousin (who also is his Godson) has autism.
On the track, he’s looking to find his groove, as he has two DNFs in six starts.
“Top fives would be great, and get a couple more wins,” Rosch said. “(I’m) kind of taking the year one show at a time.
Wissota Super Stock #28
Residence: Alexandria, Minn.
Sponsors: Autism Advocating, Birk Construction LLC, Countryside Body Shop, Wave Aviation Solutions, Joey and Bobbi Jo Crouse Counselor Realty, Birchwood Golf Course, Nick Anderson Photography