HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Jason Hughes stalked Dereck Ramirez for 57 laps Saturday night at the Humboldt Speedway, finally pounced on an opportunity to take the lead on lap 58, and then paced the final 43 circuits to capture the victory in the King of America V Modified Nationals presented by Chix Gear Racewear.
In addition to his 2010 United States Modified Touring Series National Championship trophy, the 40-year-old from Watts, Okla., has won every USMTS major event at least once, but his 124th career USMTS triumph Saturday may be the sweetest of all.
“This is one of the crown jewels we have every year for the Modifieds,” Hughes said in victory lane. “You want to have your name on all of them, and this is one of them we was missing and sure liked to get.”
Hughes has won more USMTS races at ‘The Hummer’ than any other driver, but his tenth and most recent win prior to Saturday night came 13 races ago during the 2012 season.
“We had a pretty good race car tonight,” Hughes said. “We started the year off good and found a few problems with it, went down and did some testing last week and got her dialed in for this race.”
Hughes pocketed $10,000 for his efforts, along with an extra $500 from Kenny’s Tile and a brand new driveshaft from Fast Shafts.
Congratulations to Jason and his team from everyone at Hyperco. As always….Jason relies on Hypercoils to give him the performance and consistency needed to get to the front…and be there at the finish.