A great night for Jax Hughes and Veracity Racing
The Twin Peaks Father's Day NASCAR Knockout was a great night for Jax Hughes in the 51 Veracity Racing Monte Carlo. With a packed house of almost 10,000 race fans and a beautiful Colorado summer evening, the action was more than exciting with a field of 18 Super Stocks. Also appearing were the Pure Stocks with car count of 17, the Legends cars with 24, and 20 Super Late Models. The Monster Trucks did a demo of their Sunday show at CNS, and Wando's motorcycle stunt team performed at intermission. And to top it all off, a great fireworks show at the end of the evening.
After chasing a loose car in practice, we were 9th quickest going into qualifying. New tires with a little less stagger and a tweak on the sway bar did well, Jax qualified 5th quick for the day and a landed solid position in the fast dash.
The fast dash had the top 6 inverted, the 51 was on the outside pole for the start. The hot shoes in the division were able to get around Jax in the 10 lap dash, but he finished a strong 6th.
The main was very similar to the dash. Jax started on the inside of row 2. The top four cars of Kyle Patee, Mike Cox, Levi Greenly, and Brett Yackey were able to pull away from the pack over the course of the 25 lap main event, and put on a great show for the Father's Day crowd. Jax was on the back bumper of the number 9 car of Curtis Heldenbrand in the 6th position and drove a good, smart race. The 51 car wound up finishing in that 6th position, looking better than ever! In a night of sixes, Jax also moved up to 6th place in season points.
Congrats to Levi Greenly who made a late race pass for the lead and the win over second place Mike Cox. Kyle Patee was third, Brett Yackey fourth, and Curtis Heldenbrand fifth.
Our great friends and "teammates," Joe Jr. and Joseph III Mares had a great night in the Pure Stocks. Joseph won his dash just as brother Daniel did the week before. Joe, Jr. had his fast dash all but won when, on the way to the checkered flag, a spin in turn four completely engulfed the track in a thick cloud of smoke. Not wanting to find a car in the middle of that cloud, Joe hesitated just enough to let Jamie Ward sneak through for the win. Joe was also challenging for the lead in the main, but over-drove the car enough that he lost a couple of spots and finished 4th. Congrats, guys!
One last note - one of our pit crew and a sponsor, Troy Grote of Showtime Towing, took a spill in the grandstands and wound up with a broken leg! We wish Troy a speedy recovery.