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Hughes vs. Scott: Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup concludes Thursday in Featherlite Fall Jamboree lid-lifter

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. –The time has come for the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree which takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-23, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

The world’s elite Modified and B-Mod drivers racing for nearly $150,000 in posted prize money. As of Wednesday, there are 102 Modified and 55 B-Mod drivers pre-entered for this year’s event.

Fans will witness a complete program all three nights, with $5,000 going to the Modified winner on the first two nights while Saturday’s winner will pocket a cool $10,000. B-Mods will battle for $750 to win Thursday, $1,000 to win Friday and $1,200 to win Saturday.

Thursday is the final event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental with the crowning of the 2017 USMTS national champion at the conclusion of the night’s main event.

For the fourth time in eight years, Jason Hughes comes into the Featherlite Fall Jamboree as the points leader and he hasn’t failed to deliver yet.

In 2010, he simply needed to sign in, fire the motor and pull onto the track for his heat race to earn enough points to clinch the crown.

Two years ago, Hughes entered the night with a delicate four-point lead over then two-time defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders. Hughes was uncontested as he led every lap of the main event to secure the win and the USMTS crown.

He punctuated that effort by sweeping all three nights of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree in 2015, including an historic four-car battle on Friday night between himself, Sanders, Brandon Davis and Joe Duvall.

It was a battle for the ages on opening night of the last year’s event as a season-long battle to become the 2016 USMTS national champion came down to the final turn on Thursday night.

Trailing Hughes by 10 points coming into the race, Cade Dillard came from the 12th starting spot to earn his first Featherlite Fall Jamboree feature win, but by finishing second Hughes edged Dillard by a mere three points to claim his second straight USMTS national championship and third overall.

This year, Hughes has just one night of racing standing in his way-and 101 other drivers including Stormy Scott who trails Hughes by 43 markers coming into Thursday’s final points race.

If Scott can win the feature race and lead the most laps while doing it, Hughes will need to finish no worse than 15th at the checkered flag. Regardless of what Hughes does, Scott will need to finish third or better to claim his first USMTS national championship.

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