Tod Hughes made his Perris Auto Speedway racing debut March 18 and finished seventh in the Demo Cross main event.
“I just came out and had fun, tried to finish the race,” Hughes said.
“The car worked pretty good, actually.”
Tod Hughes was born and raised in Fallbrook and graduated from Fallbrook High School in 1978. Hughes’ son, Weston, is a 2006 Fallbrook High School graduate. Weston made his racing debut with motorcycles in 2014 and first raced at Perris Auto Speedway racing on June 6, 2015.
Tod drove a Lincoln Town Car donated by Fallbrook Taxi in his Perris debut. He is also sponsored by Fallbrook Equipment Rental, Wise Guys Window Tinting, and Project Decals. Joe Tucker and Don Conibear joined Tod and his son as pit crew members.
Tod began the first Demo Cross heat race on the inside of the third row. He was fourth after the first lap of the six-lap race and moved into third when Earl Cox spun during the fourth lap. Austin Kinaid took third place from Hughes in the fifth lap, and Tod was spun in the battle for third place.
Tod began the 20-lap main event on the inside of the sixth row. Weston started the feature on the outside of the seventh row. After the first lap, Weston was in eighth and Tod held 10th place.
Frank Ochoa maneuvered his car underneath Tod’s Town Car in the sixth lap and turned Tod around in the process. Tod was turned once again in the seventh lap.
“I knew there was a chance,” Tod said of being spun. “Trying to keep it pointed in the right direction is kind of hard.”
Weston finished sixth in the main event.
Both members of the Hughes family expect to be driving when, contingent upon favorable meteorological circumstances, Demo Cross returns to Perris on April 29.
“We’ll be back next time,” Tod said.