LAUREL, Miss. — Spencer Hughes will drive the No. 10 L&D Trucking dirt late model fielded by Henderson Motorsports next season.
“We had some good runs with Michael (Arnold) during the 2017 season, but we mutually agreed to go separate ways at the end of the year,” said team owner Leon Henderson. “I don’t think there’s anybody from the South who hasn’t been paying attention to the incredible job Spencer Hughes has been doing behind the wheel over the past few years. He can truly drive car in any class to the front. We couldn’t be more excited to have him on board with the team for 2018.”
The 17-year-old Hughes hails from Meridian, Miss., and recently wrapped up a successful season racing late models, crate late models and street stocks.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity that Henderson Motorsports has offered me, and it really means a lot,” Hughes said. “To have only ran about five super late model races in my career, and then to get this offer is pretty awesome. The Hendersons are giving me everything that I need to be successful, and now I just need to do my job.”
In September, Hughes made history when he won the Southern All Star (SAS) Super Late Model event at Magnolia Motor Speedway. With the victory, the then 16-year-old racer became the youngest winner in the history of the storied tour.
Along with a new driver, the team has made a chassis change for 2018. They will now be fielding Longhorn Chassis by Randy Weaver.
“We’ve gotten to know Randy and everybody at his operation quite well, and those guys really have something special with their program,” Leon Henderson said. “We’re excited to have these new cars, and we’ll probably hit several events that Randy Weaver takes his team to in 2018, so that we can learn as much as possible about setting up these Longhorn Chassis.”
The team will continue to utilize Cornett Thunder Racing Engines.