Tyler Hughes Scores Second Career Late Model Victory

Tyler Hughes celebrates after winning at Langley Speedway. (Mark Rogers, Jr./RACE22.com)

Tyler Hughes celebrates after winning at Langley Speedway. (Mark Rogers, Jr./RACE22.com)

Tyler Hughes fought his way through the field and passed Greg Edwards late in the second of two Late Model features at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia to score the victory – his second career Late Model Stock Car victory.

Hughes (8) passes Edwards (97) for the lead. (Mark Rogers, Jr./RACE22.com)

Hughes (8) passes Edwards (97) for the lead. (Mark Rogers, Jr./RACE22.com)

Hughes’ win was special for his entire team after the adversity they fought through to get there after being involved in an accident three weeks earlier, having to rebuild the car and making contact with the wall again in the first of the two races.  Hughes raced his way from the 11th starting position, taking the lead from Edwards on lap 45 on the outside lane and holding him off for the final 20 circuts.

“Greg’s a tough guy to beat,” Hughes said after the race.  “He is so fast.  To be able to beat him tonight was just incredible.  I knew we had a strong car on the top side from running through the back.  I had to try.  I knew I wasn’t going to beat him on the bottom.  I knew I wasn’t going to pass him.  I knew it was going to be really tough so we got up on the top side and ran as hard as we could.

“I got a good restart and we were able to clear him.  I just kept giving him the bottom.  I kept feeling nudges.  I just kept running and we ended up with a victory and I couldn’t be more proud of this crew.”

Mark Wertz won the first of the two races but he also played a role in Hughes’ victory.  After Hughes’ track bar broke in the first race, Wertz allowed the G2 Racing team to use a track bar so Hughes could compete in the second race.

“Can’t thank Mark Wertz enough to lend us a track bar and get back out on the racetrack and get after it again,” Hughes remarked.  “When they got the rear steering right, I had enough faith in my crew that they got the car right to drive through the field and win the thing and it was just an awesome race overall.”

While this is the second of what is likely to be many more Late Model Stock Car wins to come, Hughes is no stranger to victory lane.  He won 17 INEX Legends races at four different tracks with the bulk of those wins occurring at Old Dominion Speedway (Virginia), where he also scored his first Late Model win, and Shenandoah Speedway (Virginia).

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Tyler Hughes scores his second career Late Model victory at Langley Speedway. (Mark Rogers, Jr./RACE22.com)

The victory was, however, a first for car owner Paul Green.  Green is a racer himself who raced at Old Dominion Speedway for several years prior to that track’s closure.  Green was ecstatic about seeing Hughes score a victory driving in one of his Late Models and was even more satisfied when considering the adversity the G2 Racing team has fought over the past few weeks.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Green said about winning as a car owner.  “I could not be happier … I’m super proud of Tyler and the entire time.  We had to overcome a lot of adversity from when we lost the front clip there three weeks ago.  I think Tyler is truly one of those guys that is a phenom.  He is a true talent and I think this is one of the first times that people are going to have the chance to see just how good he is.”

Tyler Hughes back and ready to win

In Tyler’s first race at Langley Speedway he clocked the fastest lap of the race, avoid a massive pile up and finish 2nd in the 100 lap season opener finishing only behind the track champion Greg Edwards.  At the end of the evening it was clear, everyone was talking about Tyler Hughes and the #8 car.

The return to Langley would not go as well for the team.  After qualifying in third position, behind Greg Edwards and National champion Lee Pullium, Tyler would move from third to second place within the first 10 laps.

Unfortunately, contact was made between the 5 car and the 8 car coming out of turn two on lap 15 that would send Tyler into the wall ending the evening early for the #8 car.

Fortunately, the owners of the #12 LM would let Tyler start and park their car in the second race of the evening to remain in points contention.  “We can not express how grateful we were that the #12 team was willing to help us out, they are truly a class act” said team owner Paul Green.

After two weeks of non-stop hustle to replace the front clip, and rebuild/repair the car the #8 late model is ready for Tyler to pilot to victory this Saturday night.

Tyler Hughes joins G2Racing

2015 is sure to be an exciting year for G2Racing. INEX Legends champion Tyler Hughes will be coming on board this season to race a full schedule at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA. “Tyler is a true talent and has the skill we need to compete for wins this year.” ~ Paul Green.

Paul will be changing his role to team owner and car chief of the #8 Late Model and will be focusing on the engineering and development of the Late Model Program.  “It’s my personal goal to make our team the most technologically advanced Late Model team competing in the Whelen All American Series.”   Don Hughes will also join G2Racing as the team’s crew chief.

In addition to racing Late Models at Langley, the team also plans to enter their #08 K&N Series East car in events at Langley Speedway, Virginia International Raceway, and Dover International Speedway.