A big congratulations to Jason Hughes for his win at Salina Highbanks Speedway on Hypercoils coil-over springs!
Hughes hauls in hometown USMTS Hunt win at Salina Highbanks Speedway
Jason Hughes survived a royal rumble Saturday night at the Salina Highbanks Speedway and scored his first win of this year’s USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental in front of a partisan hometown crowd.
Cade Dillard led the field to the green flag and expanded his advantage in the main event to six car-lengths by lap four. Meanwhile, Tyler Wolff got by Zack VanderBeek for third on the next lap when the first caution waved over the race track.
A three-car battle ensred after the restart with Wolff challenging Stormy Scott for second and both drivers looking for a way around the outside of Dillard. Wolff slid up in front of Scott as they completed lap eight when the yellow flag came out for the second time.
Fighting for the same real estate, Wolff and Scott banged wheels after the green flag returned and that opened the door for Terry Phillips to sneak underneath and take second place away.
Wolff got back around Phillips in the first corner, but coming to complete lap 10 he had to brake hard to avoid contact with Dillard, losing the handle on his Lobo Racing mount and spinning in turn four to bring out caution three.
Phillips assumed the second spot for the restart and kept Dillard close by for a couple of laps but ‘The Thriller’ began to pull away as the racing surface, which got 200 truckloads of new clay earlier this week, started to break up.
Wth 22 of the 35 laps complete, the race’s fifth caution flew when Mitch Keeter smacked the concrete wall at the top of turn four.
This time the restart worked to Phillips’ advantage as he dove underneath Dillard as they exited turn two and led the field across the stripe to complete lap 24. Hughes joined in to challenge Dillard for second, but his teammate, Ryan Gustin, slid over the turn three banking and the yellow waved for the sixth time.
Phillips and Hughes took off on the restart and pulled away to settle it between themselves. Far out front, the pair took the white flag with Hughes glued to Phillips’ rear bumper.
Riding the high line around the high banks, Phillips suddenly turned left in turn two as his left rear wheel parted ways with his car and went flying over the embankment. Hughes barely missed colliding with Phillips and assumed the lead for a green-white-checkered finish.
With Dillard, Travis Saurer and Scott chasing him to the green, Hughes made the most of his good fortune and, despite another quick caution on the restart, motored away to score his sixth USMTS victory here and third in a row at Salina.
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