This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about third generation drag racer, Douglas Hughes.
PASADENA, TX- Douglas Hughes has been competing in the Junior Dragster ranks for 6 years now and was introduced to the sport by his family. His Father has always raced and his Mother was a racer when they met at Huntsville Dragway. Both of his Grandfathers were racers and were both IHRA Bracket Finals Champions and his Grandmother was a 1994 Super Comp National Event Winner in Atlanta. So, needless to say, Douglas always knew he would find his way into the driver’s seat.
Douglas normally races at Houston Raceway Park in the Jr Sportsman division and also follows the Southwest Jr. Dragster Series.
About his Ride
His current car is a 2003 Halfscale Junior Dragster that was previously driven by Hunter Patton. The car had sat in storage from the time Hunter aged out to a little over a year ago when the Hughes acquired it. They currently run 8.90s with it.
Besides Douglas’s driving duties, he also helps do regular maintenance and prepping the car. He helps keep the car fueled in between rounds and his favorite thing to do on his car is to take the tires off.
He has won the Trophy Class at the Southwest Jr. Dragster Series several times, and he has won his Age Group and the “Big Money” race. He has multiple runner-up finishes at Pine Valley Raceway and Houston Raceway Park in 2020. He has also finished in the Top Ten in points the last 3 years at Houston Raceway Park.
His all-time favorite win would have the be the 2020 All Run “Big Money” class win at the Southwest Jr. Dragster Series.
Douglas’s future goals consist of having the opportunity to race big money bracket races and win some. He also says he would love to win The Million like his Father did in 2000 or the Spring Fling Million.
Biggest Impact and Role Models
The person who has made the biggest impact on his racing is his dad. He helps him by working on his car and helping him understand finish line driving and the importance of staging the car the same every time. Douglas also looks up to John Force and Tony Schumacher. He looks up to Schumacher because he has always been welcoming and lets Douglas into his pit area to see his car and take pictures.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
Hitting good lights without going red
What do you enjoy the most about racing?
Winning money and trophies
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
Love to Win
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
Besides racing, what do you do in your free time?
Ride dirt bikes, work on the race cars in the garage with my Dad and watch dirt bike videos on YouTube.
Favorite movie or TV show?
Dumb and Dumber, The King of Queens
Favorite music, artist?
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
What is your favorite sport? Favorite team?
Motocross, Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki. I also enjoy watching Alabama Football with my Mom.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
I want to race dirt bikes or Pro Stock cars when I grow up
What’s your favorite thing to eat? Individual item, meal, or restaurant?
Zaxby’s chicken fingers are my favorite
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
Nobody, if you don’t think you can beat everyone there you have no business entering the race.
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
I would like to thank my Dad for working so hard on my car and making sure I am always ready to race.
What advice would you give to young aspiring racers?
Don’t get ahead of yourself and end up screwing yourself up. Take each race one round at a time.