About Morgen Baird
Full Name: Morgen John Baird
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Hometown: Grass Lake, Michigan
Resides: Jackson, Michigan
Jr. Sportsman runner up.
Jr. Can Champion
Senior Sportsman (Adult class) 4th place
Rookie of the year in 2009, runner up in points.
6 track records
40 heat wins
35 feature wins
4 GLS Championships (2010-2013)
1 Track Championship (Springport Motor Speedway)
MCR Dwarf Car Stats
2014 Rookie of the Year
Highest ever finishing rookie in points.(3rd)
First rookie in series history to win a feature race
2 Feature wins
4 heat wins
Morgen Baird is a racer from the Midwest that has won on multiple race tracks in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Morgen has a huge passion for the sport of racing, his enthusiasm and love for the sport, along with his charisma and driving ability make him a crowd favorite. Morgen has dreams to one day compete in NASCAR's top series.
Baird began racing go-karts at a local short track in Jackson, Michigan when he was 12 years old. Success came quickly for Morgen, winning his second ever start in the Jr. Sportsman class and running up front consistently. In his rookie season, Baird won three races and finished runner-up in the championship standings.
The following year Morgen moved up the Jr. Can class. The lack of competition also spurred him to also compete in the Sr. Sportsman class, which is an adult class. By age 14, Baird was consistently running up front and winning races. Baird won the 2007 Jr. Can Championship, and finished 4th in the Sr. Sportsman championship standings.
Mini-Cup Racing 2008-2013
After the success in go-karts, Baird made the jump to mini-cup racing. He competed at Jackson Speedway for the point’s championship. He would win the rookie of the year award, and finish second in the overall championship standings. The outstanding points finish was spurred on by three feature wins, as well as three heat wins. He also competed in the Great Lakes Super Mini- Cup Series (GLS) that same year. It was a successful rookie campaign, even though he had to miss an opening race because of age restrictions. He capped off the season with his first GLS feature win at Owosso Speedway.
In 2009 he made the full time jump to the GLS Series. He battled for a championship the whole season, after winning two of the first three feature events. Even though he was competing against multi season veterans of the GLS Series, he was able to accumulate three feature wins, nine heat wins, two poles, and 12 top five finishes. The impressive season earned him rookie of the year honors, and a second place finish in the championship standings.
With the success in 2009, Morgen had high hopes going into the 2010 GLS season. Baird lived up to the hype by winning the GLS Series championship, Springport Motor Speedway track championship, and finished second in the M-40 Speedway track championship. His season stats included seven poles (four track records), five feature wins, eight heat wins, and 12 top five finishes.
With two full years of competition, nearly a dozen feature wins, and a series championship Morgen was considered a series veteran. He earned respect from his fellow competitors for his conduct on and off of the track, often offering racing advice to his younger and older competitors. The 2010 season was another successful GLS Series campaign. 12 poles (two new track records), six feature wins, six heat wins, and eight top fives' earned him a back to back GLS Series title.
Returning in 2011 with momentum on his side, and his first championship in his pocket, Baird tried to repeat as the GLS champion. In only his third full year in the series, Morgen was looked up to, even from some of the older drivers, giving them tips and hints on how to get around the track. Morgen, who was now 17, showed no mercy on the field. Baird took the lead in points from the first race of the season and never looked back. Baird won 12 poles, 6 feature event, 6 heat races, set two new track records and 8 top 5's en route to his second straight GLS Championship.
The next two seasons he won his third and fourth GLS series championships. He was one of the most dominant drivers in the State. Over the course of the two years he won 17 poles (seven new track records), 20 feature wins, 16 heat wins, and 25 top five finishes. His competition took home just three feature wins in his final two seasons.
Dwarf Cars 2014
After four straight GLS series championships, Baird caught the attention of dwarf car owner Tyrone Mcintyre of Finishline Racing. Morgen joined the team to compete in the MCR Dwarf series. Baird spent the first season earning the respect of his competitors, and showed a willingness to learn. While learning the ropes of a new series, Baird started the season off with five straight top five finishes, a feat not matched by any other drivers. Even though he battled an ill handling race car most the season, Baird captured three heat wins, and won the final race at M-40 Speedway. Morgen was the first ever rookie to capture a feature checkered flag in the series 20 year history. He set a series record for finishing third in the final championship standings, and also earned the rookie of the year award.
As the 2015 season approached, Baird decided to part ways with Team Finishline and run his own equipment. After finishing his rookie year strong, Baird kept the momentum going and won the first race of the year at Toledo Speedway. Baird would go on to win a heat race later in 2015 at the Owosso Speedway, and capture two poles. Baird held the second position in the point standings up until the final 3 races of the season, where mechanical failures and a wreck would take him out of contention for the second position in points. Baird would go on to finish 4th in the season standings after a rough final three races.
Baird got a break in 2016 when he got the opportunity to drive for Wayne Hixson at MIS. It was Baird's first career start at his home track. Baird started 26th and finished 17th in his debut and won the CGS Imaging Hard Charger award for the race. Baird also made a start at Chicagoland Speedway where he finished 17th again. Morgen had his 3rd and final start of the season at Kansas Speedway where he drove the #14 for Jent Motorsports. Baird had driven inside the top 20 before being involved in an accident. The team would get the car fixed and Baird went on to finish 22nd.
In 2017, Baird tested at Daytona International Speedway and competed at Michigan International Speedway in both '17 and '18. Baird drove for team owner Andy Hillenburg and Fast Track Racing. Baird suffered a dead battery early in the '17 race at MIS, resulting in a 23rd place finish. In 2018, Baird was running 7th with 23 laps to go, when the clutch failed, ultimately resulting in a 22nd place finish. 2019 saw three mechanical failures take Baird out in all three of his starts at Salem, Michigan and Chicagoland Speedway. With Covid-19 hitting in early 2020, Baird was unable to secure any sponsorship for the season. Baird did a start-and-park at MIS for some seat time, but unfortunately the pandemic had a large impact on his sponsorship hunt.
In 2021, Baird was able to find the sufficient amount of funding needed to compete at his home track of MIS for the sixth consecutive year in a row. After not being in a car for nearly two years, Baird was able to battle back from being trapped a lap down and came back to finish a career best 7th place. While it was his only start in 2021, Morgen has yet to give up on his dream of competing full time in one of NASCAR's top three series.