hughes3000may21Jason 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.

hawkins5000may14Jacob 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.

hughes3000may13Jason Hughes made it two in a row and six for the season Friday night when the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the I-94 (MN) Speedway. With two events in the Northern Region in the books, the defending USMTS national champion has both $3,000 winner’s checks in his bank account, along with the points lead in all three regions. Taking the lead on lap 17, Hughes cruised to the checkered flag from there.

hughes3000may12Jason Hughes picked up his fifth United States Modified Touring Series victory of the year Thursday at the Ogilvie (MN) Raceway. From the third starting spot, the defending USMTS National Champion grabbed the lead on the second lap and then paced the final 41 circuits to pocket the $3,000 top prize. Buck Monson Photo

hughes3000may7Jason Hughes only needed to take the green flag to clinch the USMTS Southern Region title Saturday night at the Route 66 (TX) Motor Speedway, but the defending USMTS National Champion found the checkered flag more to his liking. Taking the lead for good on lap 30, the 41-year-old from Watts, Okla., rolled to a $3,000 payday for his 137th career USMTS triumph. Hughes also earned a $6,000 prize as champion of the Southern Region. Bobby Thomas Photo

hughes3000apr23Jason Hughes took the lead at the halfway mark and led the rest of the way to pick up the $3,000 USMTS victory Saturday night at Randolph County (MO) Raceway. He scored his third win of the season and 136th of his United States Modified Touring Series career. Mike Musslin Photo

hughes3000mar19Jason Hughes went 42 laps as the leader from start to finish Saturday night at Humboldt Speedway to capture his second USMTS win of the 2016 campaign. He led every lap from the pole position as he fended off a furious mid-race onslaught from fellow MRE driver, Ryan Gustin, who finished second.

gustin2000mar3Ryan Gustin blasted to the lead on lap 19 and held off fellow MRE driver Jason Hughes as he chalked up his fourth USMTS win and sixth overall Thursday night at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway. “It was another good night for us, and I can’t say enough about this crew and our sponsors that keep us going,” Gustin said. Buck Monson Photo

gustin3000feb26Ryan Gustin bested fellow MRE driver Jason Hughes in a hard-fought battle at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway Friday night to capture the $3,000 win. Gustin started on the pole for the 40-lap affair, but it was Hughes taking charge when the green flag waved. He led the first 24 laps before Gustin was able to slip by in traffic and lead the 25th circuit. Hughes, the defending USMTS national champ, remained close behind ‘The Reaper’ as they danced through heavy lapped traffic for the remainder of the race, and briefly inched ahead to lead lap 36. But Gustin powered back around the outside of Hughes one lap later and held him off to claim his third USMTS win and fifth win overall this season. “It’s always nice to know the guy you’re running with will race you clean and give you room if you need,” Gustin said of Hughes after the race. “Jason’s one of the best there is, so you know you’ve done something when you can beat him.” Story by Jeff Nun