Jason Hughes made it two in a row Friday at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway during opening night of the Masters. Taking the lead on lap 26, he never trailed again over the final 16 laps as he scored his ninth feature win of the year and 142nd of his 17-year career, depositing another $3,000 check into his bank account and padded his points lead in the Northern Region points standings. Tyler Rinken Photo
Jason Hughes went from third to first on lap 27 and led the rest of the way, distancing himself from the field as he won by nearly four seconds Thursday night at KRA (MN) Speedway. The win, worth $3,000, was the eighth of the 2016 campaign and his 141st career USMTS victory. John Lee Photo
Ryan Gustin captured the United States Modified Touring Series feature win Friday night at the Longdale (OK) Speedway. Gustin, who started fourth, disposed of early leader Stormy Scott and went on to secure the victory. The 76th career USMTS win for ‘The Reaper’ was worth $3,000 while Scott held on to claim the runner-up spot behind Gustin giving MRE a sweep of the top two. Gary Pigg Photo
Jason Hughes started eighth in Saturday’s 37-lap USMTS feature at Salina Highbanks (OK) Speedway and took the lead for good on the 17th go-around to collect his seventh $3,000 winner’s check of the 2016 campaign. “That was a long race,” Hughes said during his victory speech. “Every time we tried to pass a lapped car they were all over the race track. I got pretty ticked off a couple of times, so I had to calm down there a little bit and then get back to work. We had a heck of a race car,” the defending USMTS national champion added. “I don’t think anybody could roll through the middle like we could, so when you’ve got a car that’s that good, it makes it a whole lot more comfortable.” It was the 140th of his career, and extended his points lead in the Central Region.
Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, WV took the lead at the halfway point of the fifty-lap feature on Saturday at Atomic (OH) Speedway and would distance himself from the rest of the field and looked to have the race in hand until a caution would fly with three laps to go. Hawkins had to fend off serious pressure as the second and third place competitors dueled side by side with him over the next two laps but Hawkins was able to edge them at the line for the $5,000 Renegades of Dirt Buckeye Nationals victory. "I have to thank Junior, Tom, Bubba, Colin, the whole crew at 2Brothers for allowing me to drive this car for them” exclaimed Hawkins.
5 Feature Wins
Ohio Valley (WV) Speedway
9 Feature Wins
Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway
8 Feature Wins
KRA (MN) Speedway
5 Feature Wins
Marion Center (PA) Speedway
4 Feature Wins
Tri-State (IN) Speedway