Season Long Dominion Raceway NASCAR Championship to be decided THIS Saturday
Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the bedrocks of the NASCAR racing world and when they host the annual NASCAR Whelen All American Series Banquet at the Convention Center…just feet from the entrance to the NASCAR Hall of Fame; either Doug Barnes Jr. or Tyler Hughes will be on stage representing Spotsylvania County’s Dominion Raceway. Two amazing drivers but, only one spot available on that stage.
A season which began in April and has seen each driver compete in 23 races, the two are separated by just three points. Doug Barnes, Jr. leads the way, he’s won 7 events at Dominion this year and has finished in the top 5 an impressive 15 times. Tyler Hughes is chasing him, with 5 wins and an incredible 18 top 5’s he still has a bit of work to do.
Hughes was recently asked to look back on the year. “Hard work paid off for sure. All season my team and I have worked our tails off and especially building a brand new car for this last race.” He went on to describe what a championship would mean. ” I would want nothing more than to seal the deal for my Dad and team.”
Hughes’ comment about winning for his Dad is an ever-present thought in the young driver’s mind, his father Donald Hughes is battling cancer yet remains at Tyler’s side for every race.
Racing is a family sport and on the other side of this fight for a championship is Doug Barnes Jr. who raced alongside his brother last year. Doug finished 2nd in points at Dominion, 4th in the state of Virginia, while brother Trent was Virginia state rookie of the year. For Barnes, this has been a long quest.
“We’ve been fighting hard all year and we fell short last year, so it would make 2 years worth of work mean a lot.”
Saturday’s race is The Big One at DR presented by Safford Dodge is a 150 Lap event for the Whelen All American Series Late Models presented by Papa John’s. Spectator gates will open at 3pm and racing will start at 5pm. If you are not able to make it out for the season finale, The Weekly Racer will have you covered on our Twitter feed with lap-by-lap coverage starting at 2:00 pm EDT. A complete race day schedule can be found below.