Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 MS Dirt Track Series Jr Purple Champion

Wow what a year. As you can see it's been a long time since I posted any updates. June 10th my dad Stanley Hughes aka "Grandaddy Chief" passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. Needless to say this turned our world upside down.

Thankfully we had a couple of weeks off from racing but we resumed our season June 26th with the Mississippi Dirt Track Series race at Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, MS. Spencer qualified 2nd in Jr Purple but was able to catch the other #11 Cruz Skinner and after swapping the lead a few times Spencer was able to pull away and bring home the win. This was also the first race for our new 2010 Ultramax Excentrik chassis in Jr Pro. We had a flat in the staging area before the race and the left rear tire we wound up running was not optimal but Spencer was able to salvage a 4th place finish in Jr Pro.

July 4th weekend we made the trip to Georgia Karting Komplex in Carnesville, GA for the 1st annual Maxx Daddy Championships. In the Purple heavy class we qualified 5th but dropped back a bit in the feature and finished 7th. Next up was Purple light. Spencer qualified 7th and was able to advance to 5th bringing home his first top 5 at a national event. Then it was time for the big 50 lap Maxx Daddy race. Spencer qualified 3rd and moved up to 2nd during the early laps. The kart was a bit off so he had dropped back to 5th by the halfway fuel stop. After the restart he started moving back up before he could make his move the 3rd and 4th place karts got together and Spencer got caught up in the aftermath. A bent wheel ended our hopes for a Maxx Daddy but we'll be back to try again next year.

Next up was the Aug 7th double points race at Causeyville. There were no other Purple plates so Spencer moved up to Blue plate and won. Ellie finished 2nd in her race.

August 14th we traveled to Pontotoc, MS for the 5th MSDTS race. Spencer qualified on the pole and the storms rolled in after qualifying so we came home with a rain shortened victory.

The last race of the Mississippi Dirt Track Series was September 11th at Causeyville. Spencer finished 2nd in the race but won the MSDTS Jr Purple Championship by 8 points over Jacob Pender. He will be getting his leather jacket at the first race of next season.

The last regular points race at Causeyville was Sept 18th. Spencer qualified on the pole and won the race to lock in his 3rd track championship. Ellie made it a bit more interesting. She qualified on the pole and was leading the heat race but she tried to pass a lapped kart on the outside and spun. She started 5th in the feature but brought it to the front for an impressive win over Chase Griffith. Chase was flying but Ellie was a woman on a mission :)

October 15th and 16th found us at Thunder Valley Motorplex in Neeses, SC for the Maxxis National Championships. On Saturday we decided to run the Element. Spencer qualified 21st and was able to advance a bit in the feature to finish 17th. Sunday morning we attended a great church service at the track led by Brett Miller. Thanks Brett for sharing God's word through your Karting Crusaders ministry. We decided to run the 2010 Excentrik and with a lot of help from Kevin Bishop with the Ultramax factory team Spencer was able to advance from his 13th place starting position to finish 5th and earn his first podium finish at the Maxxis Nationals.

We finished up the 2010 season at Causeyville Nov 7th with the Jody Pierce Performance Shootout. Spencer qualified 4th in Jr Purple but was able to bring it to the front for the win. In the Jr Pro shootout he started 8th and had dropped back to around 12th during the early laps. After a caution Spencer's tires came in and he started charging back through the field. He was up to 5th when he left the track to avoid a spin in front of him, jumped a pile of dirt and bashed his ankle on the gas pedal when he landed. No broken bones thankfully but he was unable to continue.

Spencer wound up with 11th Feature wins for 2010 and Ellie had 4 Feature wins. We are skipping the winter races this year and plan to hit the track again around March.