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1September 21st, 2013 - Jason Hughes entered the opening round of the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday evening, and he would face more than his fair share of bad luck over the course of the next 24 hours as he tried to claim his second USMTS title.

The opening round of the mega-event served as the final round of the Hunt for the Casey's Cup USMTS National Championship. Eighty-nine entries registered for action, and after a three hour, rain delay action finally commenced with Jason starting 10th in his heat race, where he found his first encounter with bad luck on the second lap of his heat race as a three wide battle, temporarily found him launching into the area. Luckily he only received body damage, and would advance to a 6th place finish. His finish sent him to a b-main, which wouldn't be contested until Friday evening due to curfew restrictions.

When action resumed his luck would not be any better as a flat tire in his b-main forced him to utilize a provisional to start 29th on the grid for the finale. In the 40 lap, $3,000-to-win feature Hughes mounted a great charge through the pack as he battled to a 5th place finish behind race winner, Ryan Gustin, Rodney Sanders, Jeremy Payne, and Jason Krohn. Despite his impressive performance Hughes fell just short in his bid for the title as Sanders claimed the USMTS National Championship.

Friday night found a complete new show being contested with a $4,000 top prize on the line. With 90 entries in the pit area Hughes battled back luck in heat race action before finishing 4th in a b-main to earn the 28th starting spot for the feautre. He went on to retire on lap 3 of the feature event with mechanical woes to a 29th place finish.

1With the 15th Annual Fall Jamboree drawing to a close on Saturday night, Hughes hoped to end the weekend on a high note, and he would achieve just that by racing to the $8,000 win, which marked his tenth win of 2013!

Jason raced his way into the 6th starting spot for the 60 lap finale via his 13th to 2nd run in heat race action. He stalked early leader, Johnny Scott, until lap 21, when Hughes took over the top spot. Despite a late-race challenge from Terry Phillips, Hughes raced to the big victory. He was followed across the finish line by Phillips, Rodney Sanders, Kelly Shryock, and Ryan Gustin.

“It was a hell of a good track,” an elated Hughes said in victory lane. “I wish we could have come out with that championship. I think we had as good a shot as anybody, but we just couldn’t get qualified out of our heat. It was fun racing out there and I hope the fans enjoyed the show.”

In addition to the published $6,000 winner’s share of the prize money, Hughes also bagged an additional $1,000 from Red Tail Tackle and another $1,000 past champion bonus after he won the event for the fourth time in the last nine years.

Full results from the events as well as the final standings are available at www.USMTS.com.

September 13th, 2013 - Jason was slated to not race anywhere over the weekend, but at the last minute he was presented with the opportunity to pilot a Tommy Weder back-up car in a $3,000-to-win, Mid America Racing Series (MARS) Super Late Model event at Outlaw Motorsports Park (Muskogee, Oklahoma).

A strong field of 34 entries were on hand for the program, and a 2nd place finish in his heat race transferred him to the 40 lap feature, where he would race his way to a 10th place finish.

Full results from the event are available at www.MARSRacingSeries.com.

1September 1st, 2013 - Jason Hughes pursued the Hunt for the Casey's Cup into Cedar County Speedway (Tipton, Iowa) on Thursday night, where 29 entries registered for action. Heat race difficulties left Hughes starting deep in the b-main. He enjoyed a great run in the b-main as he screamed from the 8th starting spot to claim the win, which locked him into the 13th starting spot for the $5,000-to-win feature. Jason wouldn't be finished passing cars in the feature either as he raced through the field to register a 2nd place finish behind race winner, Ryan Gustin.

Friday evening was not the best of outings for Jason as he followed the Hunt for the Casey's Cup to Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota). Hughes earned the 9th starting spot for the feature via preliminary action, but the main event would be filled with road blocks for the Oklahoma driver. A series of flat tires including one on the final lap of the event, which resulted in a big pile-up relegated Jason to a disappointing 18th place finish.

Jason looked to bounce back from Friday night's bad luck on Saturday night with a trip at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota), and he would accomplish just that by topping the night's action to claim a $5,300 payday! Forty-three entries filled the pit area, and an 8th to 3rd run in his heat race locked Hughes into the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the 4th starting spot. As the race went green Jason began working his way forward, and on lap 9 he overtook leader, Joey Jensen for the lead. Once out front Hughes cruised to his ninth win of the season and 120th of his career. Craig Thatcher, Jason Krohn, Jeremy Payne, and Stormy Scott rounded out the top five finishers in the final rundown. With the win Hughes Race Cars also clinched yet another Tiger Rear Ends Manufacturers Championship. The title marked the fourth straight year that Hughes Race Cars has topped the competition.

The insanely busy weekend drew to a close with a bang for Hughes on Sunday evening at 1Cresco Speedway (Cresco, Iowa) as Hughes won his second race in as many nights as he pocketed the $3,000 top prize. Preliminary action found Hughes advancing to the redraw for the feature, where he drew the pole for the finale. Jason jumped to the lead at the start of the 40 lap finale, and held the top spot until lap 9, when Ryan Gustin drove past for the lead. Hughes stalked Gustin until lap 19, when he shot back to the lead. Back at the point Hughes kept his pursuers at bay for the remainder of the finale on his way to his tenth win of 2013! Gustin, Rodney Sanders, Johnny Scott, and Jason Krohn rounded out the top five finishers.

Jason is now second in the latest Hunt for the Casey's Cup standings just seven points out of the lead with one event remaining. Full results from the events as well as the latest standings are available at www.USMTS.com.