SPRING VALLEY, MN – Jason Hughes would not be denied… winning his third feature race of the weekend to become the first driver to sweep the weekend in the event’s 17-year history!
Hughes admitted Thursday after notching his second USMTS national championship in six years that it takes a good driver, good equipment and good luck to win at the Deer Creek Speedway.
Hughes was on the charge and got to fourth by lap 30… on lap 36, Donlinger and Malchus made contact in the third turn which allowed Hughes to scoot by on the low side and move up to second behind Sanders. Then a large piece of debris needed to be removed off the back-stretch and the caution waved for the final time to set up yet another Sanders-Hughes fight to the finish.
Hughes was able to get around Sanders, and took the lead for the first time on lap 40.
Hughes was hit his marks all the way to the end, and he crossed the finish line two car lengths ahead of Sanders to claim the $10,000 winner’s check.
“I don’t know if I can retire this thing,” Hughes said, referring to his familiar No. 12 Hughes Chassis in victory lane. “We might have to keep this one around.
“I knew when we first got out on the track and hit the gas that the car was good. It wasn’t slipping or anything, it just took off. I just had to bide my time and I found something up on the cushion.”
Combined with his $5,000 victories on Thursday and Friday, plus his USMTS national championship, Hughes padded his bank account by $40,000 over the course of three days of work.
“We’ve talked about wanting to do this,” Hughes said of sweeping the Fall Jamboree. “Everything fell our way this year. We had a great time every time we hit the track.”
Everyone at Hyperco and MW Industries congratulates Jason and the entire team on a History Making Performance!!! And…as always…Jason relies on Hypercoils for the performance needed to make Motor Racing History!!