Local driver racing at Dover with Pink Cares colors
Special to the Whig
— Local NASCAR racer Tyler Hughes will be making his second career start at Dover International Speedway Friday, Sept. 30, in the K&N Pro Series Dover 125.
This year, Hughes’ G2 Racing 08 Ford will be sporting a pink and white paint scheme for local charity Pink Cares of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which raises money for cancer patients.
Hughes, 19, of Cordova, joined Pink Cares of the Eastern Shore of Maryland founder Brenda Walls, of Ridgely, for the car’s unveiling Tuesday night. The Pink Cares logo got on the hood after local businesses donated the sponsorship space to the charity.
Businesses and community members making the sponsorship donation were Preston Automotive Group, Bargain Beverage, Towers Concrete Products, Nuttle Builders, Natural Choice Landscapes, Ridgely Pharmacy, Ridgely Auto Sales, Baxter Tire & Auto, MD Signcrafters, Bobby and Linda Walls, Lifetime Well Driller, Beautiful Discovery Salon and First Choice Garage Door.
“It is phenomenal to have Pink Cares on Tyler’s car for Dover,” Walls said. “I’m extremely grateful to all the local businesses that donated the space on the car to get Pink Cares on the hood and further our cause. It means a lot to me to bring awareness to Pink Cares and what we are doing for the Eastern Shore and the money that we are bringing in to help cancer patients.
“Tyler is doing amazing,” she said. “To have a hometown boy trying to make it to the big league is phenomenal. He is a go-getter. He is a great driver and a great person. We are proud to be on his car as he continues his dream as a NASCAR driver.”
Hughes car is owned by Paul Green, and the two have been working together for two years. Green’s company Row 6 and G2 Inc. sponsor the ride. Hughes runs full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Series for G2 Racing, and has run five races for G2 Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Hughes has five career wins in the late model series, including four in 2016. He scored his first career top 10 finish in the higher K&N Pro Series, an eighth at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sept. 17.
“It is awesome having Pink Cares on the car,” Hughes said. “Ms. Brenda has been a huge supporter of me, and I’m just glad I can give back to her great cause and do what I can to help people by raising awareness for her charity. I want to thank everyone who came on board to make the Pink Cares car happen. I’m just really looking forward to this race and having a good finish.
“It is going to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I’ve always wanted to race a pink car,” he said. “This is a cool opportunity to do so, especially that this is her new charity. Plus we’ll get to take the car to her Ridgely Pharmacy and Ice Cream Parlor Car and Motorcycle Show in October and display it there.”
In Hughes’ first start at Dover last year, rain canceled qualifying and he was forced to start 28th in the field. Hughes steadily made is way through the field and up to 15th. He, though, was forced to pit for a tire rub, but the setback did not stop him. He marched his way back through the field and up to 11th in the closing laps. The flat tire at the end dropped him in the final standings to 20th.
“I’m looking forward to to getting back to a track that I’ve raced twice,” Hughes said. “This will be my first track that I’ll repeat in the K&N car. Dover is one of my favorite tracks because I grew up watching races there, and I finally get to race there.
“We are going back with a better car than we had last year,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting better results than what we did last year.
“Having the first race under our belts at Dover really gives us confidence because we ran really well and were poised for a top 10 but had some issues out of our control,” he said. “The only thing we have to worry about this year is making improvements.
“Last year was about learning the track,” he said. “I really think we are going to have a better shot of being up inside the top 5 and competing for a win. I’m really looking forward to that.”
For more information about Pink Cares of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, visit their page on Facebook. For more information about Tyler Hughes Motorsports, visit his racing page on Facebook.