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Hughes ends Body’s victory hopes with four laps remaining at Humboldt

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

John Rittenoure - HUMBOLDT, Kans. (June 9, 2023) - Jim Body came within four laps of posting a first Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series presented by Hayden Ross Motorports Foundation victory Friday at Humboldt Speedway.

Body led the first 21 laps of the 25-lap feature, but lap traffic on lap 22 slowed Body and Kip Hughes jumped between Body and the wall down the front straightaway to take away the lead. Hughes went on to capture his third victory of the season.

“The 71 car was a lot better than we were in clean air. I felt like if we could get to lap traffic we could make something happen, but I was not going to make something happen,” Hughes said of the pass that resulted in contact between the two. “We got in traffic and he left a hole open and we just slid it up in there. It is not my proudest moment, but I have had it done to me. That was the only shot I had to win the race.”

Until that moment Hughes had been locked in a race-long battle with Joseph Gorby for second place. The two ran fender to fender most of the race with Gorby holding down second for the first seven laps. Hughes took away second on lap eight but Gorby remained on his tail.

“Joseph is one of my favorite people to race with,” Hughes said of Gorby. “He is always clean and leaves you room and I leave him room. We have a lot of fun.

“We just kept rolling the bottom and trying to be smooth and leave him a lane. He was trying to make something happen up there (on the outside).”

At the finish Body held on to second ahead of Gorby in third, Jacob Magee charged from 12th to fourth and Daniel Smith finished fifth.

Rookie Adrien Hickman came from 23rd to 11th earning him the Marks Machine Shop Hard Charger award.

Complete Well Testing, Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation

Sooner Late Model Series Results

Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kansas

Complete Well Testing A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 60-Kip Hughes[5]; 2. 71-Jim Body[1]; 3. 9-Joseph Gorby[2]; 4. 10-Jacob Magee[12]; 5. 92S-Dan Smith[4]; 6. B1-Dustin Bolster[7]; 7. 7H-Brett Hansen[3]; 8. 92-Delbert Smith[6]; 9. 59-Brad Fortney[10]; 10. 88S-Richard Shepler[13]; 11. 26-Adrien Hickman II[23]; 12. 1-Eddie Tidwell[15]; 13. 10J-Lynn Jones[16]; 14. 65-Eric Brill[22]; 15. 27X-Ron Brown[17]; 16. H1-Steve Hewitt Sr[20]; 17. 9XX-Dakota Dellinger[21]; 18. (DNF) 151-Theron Boswell[14]; 19. (DNF) 078-Dustin Dixon[18]; 20. (DNF) 22AD-Jacob Ulrich[11]; 21. (DNF) 66-Eli Ross[8]; 22. (DNF) 229-Damian Patocka[9]; 23. (DNF) 25K-Andrew Kimzey[19]; 24. (DNF) 28H-Chris Hastings[24]

OReilly Auto Parts Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 60-Kip Hughes[2]; 2. 92-Delbert Smith[5]; 3. B1-Dustin Bolster[4]; 4. 59-Brad Fortney[6]; 5. 88S-Richard Shepler[7]; 6. 10J-Lynn Jones[3]; 7. 25K-Andrew Kimzey[8]; 8. (DNF) 65-Eric Brill[1]

Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 9-Joseph Gorby[1]; 2. 92S-Dan Smith[3]; 3. 66-Eli Ross[6]; 4. 22AD-Jacob Ulrich[2]; 5. 151-Theron Boswell[8]; 6. 27X-Ron Brown[4]; 7. H1-Steve Hewitt Sr[5]; 8. 26-Adrien Hickman II[7]

DesignOne Racewear Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 71-Jim Body[3]; 2. 7H-Brett Hansen[7]; 3. 229-Damian Patocka[5]; 4. 10-Jacob Magee[4]; 5. 1-Eddie Tidwell[1]; 6. 078-Dustin Dixon[6]; 7. (DNF) 9XX-Dakota Dellinger[2]; 8. (DNF) 28H-Chris Hastings[8]

Lap Leaders: Jim Body 1-21, Kip Hughes 22-25. Margin of Victory: 1.408. Marks Machine Shop Hard Charger: Adrien Hickman +12

2023 Winners

4/14 - Kip Hughes - Thunderbird Speedway

4/15 - Brett Hansen - Tulsa Speedway 4/29 - Brett Hansen - Monett Raceway 5/6 - Brett Hansen - Thunderbird Speedway 6/2 - Kip Hughes - Outlaw Motor Speedway 6/9 - Kip Hughes - Humboldt Speedway

Top 10 Standings: 1. Brett Hansen 2385; 2. Richard Shepler, 2320; 3. Eli Ross, 2280; 4. Dakota Dellinger, 1990; 5. Ron Brown, 1810; 6. Eric Brill, 1780; 7. Joseph Gorby, 1655; 8. Jacob Ulrich, 1635; 9. Kerney Weaver, 1570; 10. Gary Lowe 1490.

About Complete Well Testing

Based in Oklahoma, Complete Well Testing is a family owned and operated company specializing in hydrostatic tubing testing and EMI tubing scanning.

Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation

Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation goal is to help grow both high school, trade school and college programs to start and or develop a motorsports program, club, or organizations at their school as well as individual motorsports programs. HRMF will provide financial grants, equipment, expertise, scholarships, and educational opportunities for these organizations and individuals. This program will allow students to overcome the hurdle of entering motorsports due to the high costs and specialized experience needed to get started. This program will allow these students the opportunity to be part of a team with one overall goal of success on the track, including budgeting, marketing, mechanical skills, logistics, and team building efforts. All while honoring the life lost to early of Hayden Diesel Ross, #forever66.

Sooner Late Model Series

The Sooner Late Model Series was formed in 2016 by Enid Speedway co-promoter Mark Brill. Brill felt there was not many opportunities for late model competitors to race in Oklahoma and the Sooner Late Model Series was formed. Now the series has grown beyond the borders of Oklahoma with events held in the neighboring states of Kansas, Texas and Arkansas as well.

Mark's Machine Shop Hard Charger winner Adrien Hickman

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