August 13, 2013

Hughes triumphant in Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup clash at I-80 Speedway


For Jason Hughes, the end of this week's four-night swing for the United States Modified Touring Series ended much better than it began as he claimed victory in the 40-lap main event Sunday night at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.
On Thursday, he was leading at the white flag but saw his chances vanish in the first turn when contact with another car sent him spinning into the infield.
After Sunday's feature, the 2010 USMTS National Champion drove into the infield and back to his pit stall with his 117th career victory and $5,000 richer.
From the outside of the front row, Hughes snagged the lead from the start, but third-row starter Jason Krohn quickly shot to the front and wrestled the lead away from him on the third lap. Rodney Sanders then moved in to challenge Hughes for the second spot.
"We were just driving around there and Krohn kind of snuck under me and checked out," Hughes said. "It gave me an opportunity to search around-I kind of had to search around. Rodney (Sanders) forced me out there a little bit and made me find a line."
Krohn tried to put distance between himself and the pack, but two early-race cautions kept the field close. Hughes fought back after a lap-9 restart but was unable to regain the position. The two raced virtually side by side for the next eight laps before Hughes crossed beneath the flagstand with a bumper-sized advantage on lap 18.
"I got to rolling around out there pretty good and got on the outside of Krohn. He seen it and moved up in that line and I had to move back down. We had a heck of a race up there."
At the halfway mark, Krohn inched back ahead to lead the 20th lap but Hughes came roaring back again to retake the top spot with 21 down. He never gave the lead up again.

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