The competitive fire of the Hughes Motorsports team never left.


Even after taking a few months off to refocus their racing efforts and to spend more time pursuing other interests away from the race track, the last few weeks of preparation on the team’s No. 14 Modified only proved to themselves that they’re still as hungry as ever to chase victories.


Now, after months of planning and preparation, driver Bobby Measmer Jr. and the Hughes Motorsports team are getting back on track this Saturday in the 75-lap Southern Modified Racing Series event at Caraway Speedway.


“After some time off I’m really looking forward to getting back on track at Caraway with the familiar No. 14 Hughes Motorsports machine,” said Measmer. “The guys and I have been working some long hours the last few months between our day jobs and family time. We were able to get the car ready in time to go and shake it down last Friday and I must say I was really impressed with the outcome. For a team with volunteer help, which most work in the racing industry, it was nice to go to the track and have everything go smoothly and have no issues during the test.”


Hughes Motorsports last competed during the 2018 weekly Modified season at Bowman Gray Stadium in North Carolina, where Measmer drove the No. 14 to two victories. After competing for other team owners in late 2018 and early 2019 and spending time at the Outlaw Kart tracks and softball fields with his children, Measmer is excited to get back behind the wheel of the Z-Max Lubricants, Boston Reid – Lead 2 Real Estate Group-backed Hughes Motorsports car that he saw a lot of success in over the years.


“I just have a lot more confidence going into Saturday night’s race knowing that we have a good car to work with,” added Measmer, a past SMRS Tour winner. “It’s up to me to get it dialed in and then run a smart race and make it all 75 laps, My goal going into Saturday night is of course to win, but honestly I’d be happy with having a competitive car that runs up front and bringing home a good finish with it being our first race back on the SMRS tour after some time off.”


The 75-lap Southern Modified Racing Series event is part of the Rusty Harpe Memorial Night at the Races event at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, July 6.