Hughes picks up convincing win in Friday’s Race For Hope 71 qualifier

By Mike Spieker

LOCUST GROVE, Ark. (September 27, 2019) – Eighty-four IMCA Modifieds were checked in at Batesville Motor Speedway on Friday for another qualifying night for the third annual IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71. By night’s end, 10 drivers added their names to the list of qualifiers for Saturday night’s 71-lap, $15,000-to-win championship main event.

Watts, Okla. driver Jason Hughes proved he was the class of the field during the 30-lap qualifying feature. Hughes charged from the 14th starting position to claim the win over Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo. and Cave City, Ark. driver Jeff Taylor.

“Man, we had a really good car. I just got down on the bottom and tried to hit the smoother lines,” said Hughes after the race. “We’ll probably have to make a few more adjustments for Saturday night. We’ve got to keep the tires under the car for 71 laps. That’ll be a big part of it.”

Jeff Taylor took a commanding lead from the onset from the third starting position. Taylor had a full straightaway lead at the halfway point. Hughes moved into the runner-up spot on lap 13 and set his sights on Taylor for the lead.

Heavy lapped traffic ahead of Taylor allowed Hughes to close in quickly. Wasting little time, Hughes dove to the inside of Taylor to take the point with nine laps remaining. Once out front, Hughes checked out from the rest of the field and scored the win.

Phillips snuck by Taylor in the waning laps to come home second. Tom Berry Jr. of Newburg, N.D. came from 11th to finish fourth. Cody Laney of Torrance, Calif. rounded out the top five.

Jordan Grabouski picked up the B-main win. John Hansen was the C-main winner.

The third and final qualifying program for the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71 will be Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. It is a make-up program from Wednesday night’s postponement.

The Race For Hope 71 wraps up with the championship event on Saturday night with action beginning at 7:30pm.

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 12-Jason Hughes, [14]; 2. 75-Terry Phillips, [8]; 3. 5T-Jeff Taylor, [3]; 4. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [11]; 5. 5L-Cody Laney, [10]; 6. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [19]; 7. 175-Ethan Dotson, [21]; 8. 62-Hunter Marriott, [16]; 9. 02X-Jack Sullivan, [4]; 10. 96T-R.C. Whitwell, [20]; 11. 9S-Ken Schrader, [5]; 12. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [15]; 13. 73W-Shawn Walsh, [24]; 14. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [17]; 15. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [12]; 16. 11-Richie Tosh, [9]; 17. 8-Kyle Strickler, [7]; 18. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [13]; 19. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [25]; 20. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [1]; 21. X2M-Carl Murphy, [29]; 22. 3B-Eddie Belec, [27]; 23. 31M-Travis Mosley, [18]; 24. 68-Heath Grizzle, [22]; 25. 82-Jacob Poel, [28]; 26. 94-Chris Morris, [26]; 27. 8W-Randy Weaver, [30]; 28. (DNF) 2T-Tyler Stevens, [6]; 29. (DNF) 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [23]; 30. (DNF) 70-Jesse Dennis, [2]

B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [1]; 2. 7X-Mikey Bell, [4]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [11]; 4. 117-Toby Herring, [3]; 5. 8C-Chad Andersen, [7]; 6. 23-Brandon Smith, [15]; 7. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [5]; 8. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [14]; 9. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [9]; 10. C5-Chris Carter, [8]; 11. 44-Christy Barnett, [16]; 12. 02-Kody Scholpp, [30]; 13. 777-Jared Landers, [26]; 14. 21C-Chad Clancy, [12]; 15. 9-Brint Hartwick, [18]; 16. 23N-Clay Norris, [21]; 17. 85-Neal Flowers, [17]; 18. 37-Randy Foote, [22]; 19. 16-Joey Burch, [27]; 20. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [23]; 21. 73-Joey Gee, [24]; 22. G1X-Tony Anglin, [29]; 23. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [20]; 24. 41-Rob Hughes, [2]; 25. 3T-John Taylor, [13]; 26. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [19]; 27. 26S-Steven Glenn, [10]; 28. 66-Jerry Harris, [28]; 29. (DNF) 25B-Chad Mallet, [6]; 30. (DNF) 21W-John Waugh, [25]

C Feature (15 Laps): 1. 8H-John Hansen, [1]; 2. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [5]; 3. 0H-Shane Harris, [7]; 4. 36-Mark Norris, [14]; 5. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [23]; 6. 33M-Madison Holloway, [9]; 7. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [6]; 8. 48-Alan Brown, [22]; 9. 6-Ryan McDermott, [21]; 10. 423-Will Poston, [12]; 11. 427-Miles Keeney, [3]; 12. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [4]; 13. 38-Craig Garner, [18]; 14. 1XH-David Hess, [8]; 15. 76-Brad Smith, [15]; 16. 141-Justin Galbreath, [2]; 17. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [13]; 18. (DNF) 915-Chris Elliott, [11]; 19. (DNF) 1X-Kris Lloyd, [19]; 20. (DNF) 21M-Tyler Madigan, [24]; 21. (DNF) 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [16]; 22. (DNF) 33-Jeff Mathews, [10]; 23. (DNF) 29-Keith Hammett, [17]; (DNS) 17-Cody Tidwell,

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5L-Cody Laney, [1]; 2. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [2]; 3. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [5]; 4. 44-Christy Barnett, [4]; 5. 8H-John Hansen, [6]; 6. 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [3]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [2]; 2. 73W-Shawn Walsh, [4]; 3. 41-Rob Hughes, [1]; 4. 85-Neal Flowers, [6]; 5. (DNF) 141-Justin Galbreath, [3]; 6. (DNF) 29-Keith Hammett, [5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [1]; 2. 62-Hunter Marriott, [6]; 3. 117-Toby Herring, [4]; 4. 9-Brint Hartwick, [2]; 5. 427-Miles Keeney, [5]; (DNS) 38-Craig Garner,

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 5T-Jeff Taylor, [2]; 2. 96T-R.C. Whitwell, [1]; 3. 7X-Mikey Bell, [6]; 4. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [5]; 5. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [3]; (DQ) 1X-Kris Lloyd, [4]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 70-Jesse Dennis, [2]; 2. 175-Ethan Dotson, [5]; 3. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [1]; 4. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [4]; 5. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [6]; (DNS) 17-Cody Tidwell,

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 2T-Tyler Stevens, [1]; 2. 68-Heath Grizzle, [3]; 3. 25B-Chad Mallet, [5]; 4. 23N-Clay Norris, [2]; 5. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [4]; 6. 6-Ryan McDermott, [6]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [1]; 2. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [6]; 3. 8C-Chad Andersen, [4]; 4. 37-Randy Foote, [3]; 5. 0H-Shane Harris, [5]; 6. 48-Alan Brown, [2]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 9S-Ken Schrader, [3]; 2. 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [4]; 3. C5-Chris Carter, [2]; 4. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [5]; 5. 1XH-David Hess, [1]; 6. (DNF) 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [6]

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler, [4]; 2. 8W-Randy Weaver, [1]; 3. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [2]; 4. 73-Joey Gee, [3]; 5. (DNF) 33M-Madison Holloway, [6]; 6. (DNF) 21M-Tyler Madigan, [5]

Heat 10 (8 Laps): 1. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [5]; 2. 94-Chris Morris, [2]; 3. 26S-Steven Glenn, [1]; 4. 21W-John Waugh, [4]; 5. 33-Jeff Mathews, [3]

Heat 11 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Richie Tosh, [1]; 2. 31M-Travis Mosley, [2]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [5]; 4. 777-Jared Landers, [4]; 5. 915-Chris Elliott, [3]

Heat 12 (8 Laps): 1. 75-Terry Phillips, [4]; 2. X2M-Carl Murphy, [2]; 3. 21C-Chad Clancy, [5]; 4. 16-Joey Burch, [3]; 5. 423-Will Poston, [1]

Heat 13 (8 Laps): 1. 12-Jason Hughes, [5]; 2. 82-Jacob Poel, [3]; 3. 3T-John Taylor, [2]; 4. 66-Jerry Harris, [4]; 5. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [1]

Heat 14 (8 Laps): 1. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [2]; 2. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [1]; 3. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [5]; 4. G1X-Tony Anglin, [4]; 5. 36-Mark Norris, [3]

Heat 15 (8 Laps): 1. 02X-Jack Sullivan, [1]; 2. 3B-Eddie Belec, [2]; 3. 23-Brandon Smith, [3]; 4. 02-Kody Scholpp, [5]; 5. 76-Brad Smith, [4]