February 15th, 2014 - Jason Hughes entered round #5 of the 38th Annual Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park on Friday night.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drew 48 competitors for the event all chasing a $10,000 top prize. It was another tough night for Jason and the #12 Rowland Motorsports/Bloomquist/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model. Finishing eighth in his preliminary heat race, Hughes found himself in a b-main where he ended his night with a seventh place finish, failing to make the transfer into the 50 lap feature event.
The 2014 Georgia/Florida Speedweeks campaign came to a close for Jason Hughes on Saturday. The day started early with the make-up event from Wednesday night's rain out. Jason was locked into the $7,000-to-win feature event after he finished fourth in his heat race. At the end of the 35 lap feature, Jason crossed the finish line in 20th, falling four spots from his 16th place starting position.
As the evening rolled on, 39 entries were registered for the $10,000-to-win East Bay Winternationals finale. Jason failed to transfer into the feature event via heat race action, but was able to lock in a 17h place starting spot after winning his respective b-main. Hughes' night came to end in the early laps of the 60 lap feature when he made contact with the back-stretch wall on lap 14, causing right front damage to the #12 machine and resulting in a 24th place finish.
Full results from the 38th Annual Winternationals are available at www.lucasdirt.com
February 13th, 2014 - Jason Hughes continued his Speedweeks trek with the opening round of the 38th Annual Winternationals for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at East Bay Raceway Park.
Jason started third in his heat race but missed the transfer to the $5,000-to-win feature when Brian Shirley made the pass off turn four coming to the checkered flag for the final transfer spot. This put Hughes into a B-Main which he later won, locking him into an 18th place starting spot for the 25 lap feature event. Unfortunately, disaster struck when Jason was involved in multi-car accident in turn two with just one lap in the books. He would retire from the rest of the event and was credited with a 24th place finish.
The bad luck continued for Jason Hughes on Tuesday night of the 38th Annual East Bay Winternationals. The $5,000-to-win event drew 47 competitors and Jason missed the transfer from his heat race by only one position. Later in the night, Hughes was able to pull off the win in his B-Main which put him starting 17th on the grid for the 25 lap feature. However, much like the night before Hughes pulled in during the early laps of the feature with mechanical issues, ending his night with a 23rd place finish.
Racing action resumed on Thursday night during the 38th Annual Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park, after Wednesday night events were postponed due to inclement weather. Jason was locked into the $7,000-to-win feature after he finished third in his heat race. When things heated up for the 45 lap feature event, Hughes' night was brought to an early end with right front suspension damage to his #12 Rowland Motorsports/Bloomquist/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model. Jason was credited with a 24th place finish.
Complete results can be found at www.lucasdirt.com
February 8th, 2014 - Jason Hughes and the #12 Rowland Motorsports team began their chance for the 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year honors on Friday at Golden Isles Speedway Park in Brunswick, Georgia. Evening rain on Thursday forced official to postpone events to Friday morning.
The $5,000-to-win, make-up event drew 33 entries and Jason found himself behind the eight-ball, finishing seventh in his race, forcing him to run a B-Main. Hughes missed the transfer to the feature bringing his afternoon to an early end.
The evening event was the first points race for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and boosted a $10,000 top prize for the 50 lap feature. Jason once again landed a seventh place finish in his heat race and missed the transfer from the B-Main but was able to make his way into the feature event by way of Fast Time Provisional. Hughes drove by six competitors during the feature on his way to an 18th place finish.
The weekend came to a close on Saturday night with the $10,000-to-win finale. Jason missed the transfer in the B-Main by one spot, but was locked into the 50 lap feature event by fast time provisional. Hughes worked his was toward the front, driving by 13 other competitors on his way to a respectable 11th place finish.
Complete results from the entire weekend are available at www.lucasdirt.com
January 19th, 2014 - The 2nd Annual Winter Extreme returned to life on Friday night with a $3,000-to-win event at Tucson International Raceway (Tucson, Arizona). Fifty-six Super Late Models were on hand for the program, and heat race action found Jason finishing 3rd in his heat race in his #12 Rowland Motorsports/Bloomquist/Pro Power Racing Engine entry to lock into the 17th starting spot for the 30 lap feature. Hughes raced around mid-pack throughout the feature before crossing the finish line in the 13th position.
Another day and another show awaited Jason on Saturday as a $5,000-to-win program was held for the NDRL Super Late Models. With 56 entries in the pit area Jason failed to qualify for the feature via heat race action, but a 2nd place finish in his b-main locked him into the 22nd starting spot for the 40 lap finale. In the main event Hughes enjoyed a great run as he advanced twelve spots on his way to a 10th place finish.
On Sunday the six race series came to a close with a $10,000-to-win event. With 52 entries in the pits passing would be difficult with daytime conditions in effect, and Jason fell just short of qualifying for the feature as his night drew to an early close.
Full results from the racing program are available at www.TheNDRL.com.
January 15th, 2014 - Jason Hughes opened his 2014 season in his #12 Rowland Motorsports/Bloomquist/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model on Saturday night at Tucson International Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) during the 2nd Annual Winter Extreme.
A talented field of 57 Super Late Models entered the $3,000-to-win event at the 3/8 mile oval, and via time trials Hughes earned the 3rd starting spot for his heat race. In the heat he battled the handle as he slid backwards to a 5th place finish, which relegated him to a b-main. In the b-main Hughes was only able to manage a 4th place finish. As a result his night came to an early end.
Sunday afternoon found 54 entries returning to do battle for a $5,000 top prize, and the outing started on a strong note for Hughes, who recorded the fastest time in his group in qualifications. However, with the top four starters being inverted for heat race action Jason was forced to start 4th on a track that was not conducive to passing. After failing to transfer to the feature from heat race action Hughes was only able to manage a 3rd place finish in his b-main, which left him one spot short of transferring to the feature as his night ended again.
Action resumed on Wednesday night with a $3,000-to-win event that drew a field of 49 entries to the 3/8 mile oval. Via time trials Hughes earned the 2nd starting spot in his heat race and went on to finish 3rd to lock into the 17th starting spot for the 30 lap finale. On a lightning fast track Jason went on to record a 17th place finish.
Full results from the programs are available at www.TheNDRL.com.
November 16th, 2013 - After a few weeks away from the track Jason Hughes entered the opening night of a triple header in the 7th Annual Lecolift Texas Winter Nationals at the state-of-the-art, Royal Purple Raceway (Baytown, Texas) on Thursday night.
A stout field of 64 entries took to the 3/8 mile oval, and in his heat race Jason starting 8th before advancing to a 6th place finish, which left him short of locking into the feature. As a result he was relegated to a b-main, where he charged from the 7th starting spot to finish 2nd which locked him into the 19th starting spot for the finale. Early in the $2,000-to-win feature he advanced a few spots before a lap 10 tangle with another competitor ended his night in the 25th position.
Friday night's program posted a $3,000 winner's check as Hughes hoped for better luck. However, the night proved to be a struggle as he again found himself having to race into the finale via a b-main. In the feature he started 20th before retiring late in the race to a 23rd place finish.
The weekend drew to close on Saturday evening with a $4,000-to-win affair. While the payout looked bigger and brighter Hughes luck would not. Via preliminary action he earned the 16th starting spot for the 40 lap feature, but on the first lap of the finale he was collected in a melee that ended his night and weekend in the 27th position.
Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com.
October 20th, 2013 - Jason Hughes entered the 34th Annual Spooker over the weekend at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) in a Rowland Motorsports #12 Super Late Model. On Friday night Jason started 2nd in the feature and looked to be on his way to a feature win before a flat tire, forced him to relinquish the lead as he retired from the event.
Sunday's finale found Hughes earning the 4th starting spot for the feature via preliminary action. He enjoyed a solid run in the finale as he advanced to a 2nd place finish behind race winner, Gary Christian.
Full results from the event are available at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com.
October 12th, 2013 - The opening leg of the inaugural Sooner Showdown was held on Thursday night at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) as 45 competitors took to the wicked fast oval.
It would prove to be a frustrating night for Hughes though as he started the evening before qualifying 2nd fastest in his group before issues in heat race and b-main action prevented him from earning a starting spot in the 20 lap, preliminary feature. As a result he will try again on Friday night to earn a starting spot in the $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday evening.
Jason enjoyed a much better outing on Friday night in the second night of the Sooner Showdown as he swept the program by first setting fast time in his group before winning his heat race to earn the pole position for the feature. Hughes started on the front row for the finale alongside John Allen. Allen jumped to the lead at the drop of the green flag and held the top spot until lap 7 when Hughes rocketed past. Once out front Jason never looked back on his way to the victory. He was followed across the finish line by Kelly Shryock, Terry Phillips, Steve Whiteaker Jr., and Bryan Rowland. His performance locks him into the 2nd starting spot for Saturday night's finale.
On Saturday evening the $10,000 finale was held, and Hughes rolled off the grid from the middle of the front row. As the finale went green he snagged the lead and paced the first seven circuits before Ryan Gustin raced past for the lead. Over the next several laps Hughes began to fade through the field with handling issues before ultimately retiring on lap 38 to a 27th place finish.
Full results from the racing programs are available at www.USMTS.com.
October 5th, 2013 - After almost two weeks away from the track Jason Hughes got back on the horse on Thursday evening as he entered preliminary action for the inaugural Sunflower Showdown at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas).
Forty-three entries took part in the preliminary program, and after advancing to a 4th place finish from the 6th starting spot Jason locked into the 14th starting spot for the 20 lap feature. The main event found Jason advancing eleven spots on his way to a 3rd place finish with Jeremy Payne scoring the win over Terry Phillips. Hughes ended the night fourth highest in the points to lock into Saturday night's $10,000-to-win finale.
Via his preliminary night performance Jason earned the 11th starting spot for the 50 lap, $10,000-to-win feature on Saturday evening. He enjoyed a solid run in the feature as he advanced five spots on his way to a 6th place finish behind race winner, Terry Phillips, Jeremy Payne, Kelly Shryock, Rodney Sanders, and Ryan Gustin.
Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com.