SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Jason Hughes moved one step closer to claiming his second USMTS National Championship Saturday night with a decisive victory at the Deer Creek Speedway during the eighth annual BP Labor Day Dual presented by Baudoin Oil.
Fresh off of his first win of the year one night earlier, Joey Jensen drew the pole and took charge of the 40-lap main event at the onset with Dereck Ramirez, Jeremy Payne and Hughes in hot pursuit.
Hughes quickly disposed of Payne and Ramirez, and then began to run down Jensen when the race’s first caution came out on lap 4. Five laps later, Hughes made his move and drove past Jensen to lead the ninth go-around.
From there, Hughes was flawless and sailed to his fourth win during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup and ninth overall in 2013. It was also his second win at ‘The Creek’ where he pocketed $20,000 just over a month ago after winning the World Modified Dirt Track Championship.
This win-the 120th of his career-was worth $5,300 which included a $2,000 bonus for taking part in the Big Dog Buy-In.
2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn followed Hughes into second on lap 11. The race’s final yellow flag with four laps to go allowed Craig Thatcher to get by for the runner-up spot and Krohn had to settle for third at the finish line.
Payne held on for a fourth-place finish ahead of Stormy Scott. Jensen was sixth, Ryan Gustin took seventh, Johnny Scott was eighth, Rodney Sanders collected the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for racing from 19th on the starting grid to ninth at the finish and Steve Wetzstein rounded out the top 10.