Lo­cal driver rac­ing at Dover with Pink Cares colors

Cecil Whig - - RAVENS COVERAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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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.

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