CARNESVILLE, Ga. – Jeremy Hines will forever go down in the history books as the inaugural Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Super Late Model champion.
It is Hines’ first championship with a traveling dirt late model series in his first attempt traveling with a dirt late model series driving the Jason Ayres Trucking Mastersbilt.
Hines will be honored at the Fastrak International Companies Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 21 that will be held at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
The Champion’s chassis was built no far from his home by the Masters family at Mastersbilt Race Cars in Crothersville, Ind. Hines learned how to race at nearby Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Ind. It was at his home track in front of his family, friends, and many fans that Hines clinched the Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Championship on Oct. 1, but it wasn’t easy.
“It feels great to clinch this championship here at my home track where my dad and my family have raced for years,” Hines said. “It was a lot of fun to run the Ultimate BoB Series, as we traveled to five different states and I got to run at a lot of track I’ve never been to before. My plan is to defend my title in 2017.”
During the inaugural Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Late Model season, Hines competed in all 11 races and accumulated 350 points. Consistency was the key to the title as Hines had four top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes.
All Hines had to do was start the main event in the Ultimate BoB season finale at Brownstown Speedway to clinch the championship on Oct. 1.
The second heat race saw Hines start on the outside of the front row. When the green flag came out, Hines jumped the cushion in turn one and his championship hopes suddenly became a challenge. Hines car flew out of the wall-less track tail first and landed on the back of the car, bending some very important bars and pieces that make the race car go fast.
“I guess if I had to pick a place to have such of a misfortune, it would be here at my hometown track, Brownstown Speedway,” Hines said. “I had a lot of family and friends here tonight, and I think they were all in my pit area doing whatever they could to help us fix the car enough to start the main event to clinch the title. There were even guys helping that I have had some tough battles through the years at this track helping to get us out there.”
After starting 14th in the main event, Hines took the green flag and clinched the Ultimate BoB Dirt Late Model Championship.
Hines finished the race in the tenth spot. It wasn’t the result he wanted, but after what he had gone through during the evening, it was like a win just to finish. Besides that, he was racing with a purpose in dedicating the race to a family friend that had recently passed. Myron “Turtle” Owens was remembered in a special ceremony before the race, and Jeremy Hines participated in the tribute.
“I want to dedicate this race to Turtle Owens who was a family friend that helped my Dad and then me with the race cars through the years,” Hines said. “He passed away a week ago, and he would have been proud that we overcame what we did tonight to finish the race. I know he is smiling and he’s looking down on us and he is proud of us winning this championship.”