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Hope, Indiana – After a commendable eleventh-place finish in the ‘Pittsburgher’ at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, PCC Motorsports and driver Spencer Hughes have declared that this season marks their final year together. Citing a significant surge in operational costs, team owner Craig Sims has made the difficult choice to downsize the racing operation following the conclusion of the upcoming ‘Dirt Track World Championship.’ The Super Late Model team, based in Hope, Indiana, is scheduled to participate in two more events in 2023 – the ‘Coors Light Fall Classic’ at Whynot Motorsports Park in Spencer’s hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, on October 13-14, and the aforementioned $100,000-to-win DTWC at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on October 20-21, marking the culmination of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series calendar.

In a telephone statement today, Craig Sims remarked, ‘First off, I consider Spencer (Hughes) as a son, and all the individuals who have worked on the car are like family. It ultimately boils down to the escalating costs in our sport. It now costs twice as much as it did when we launched this team three and a half years ago with Hudson O’Neal behind the wheel. In the end, it just doesn’t make financial sense anymore. I hope everything works out for Spencer, and he finds a place that can assist him in advancing in this sport. I am immensely grateful for his dedication and talent behind the wheel, the hard work of our crew members this year and in the past, and, of course, our exceptional sponsors. PCC Motorsports would not have been possible without each of our valued sponsors and product supporters.’

Throughout 2023, Spencer piloted the #11 PCC Motorsports machine in seventy-six (76) different events, amassing eight (8) Top Fives and twenty-nine (29) Top Tens. In the fiercely competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Spencer achieved six (6) top-five finishes and twenty-two (22) top-ten performances, currently positioning him twelfth in the latest national series point standings. The Meridian, Mississippi native secured two victories in 2023, both at Whynot Motorsports Park, winning in an Open Wheel Modified on March 4 and in a 604 Crate Late Model on August 5.

Hughes commented recently, ‘It’s disappointing, but when Craig (Sims) broke down the numbers and showed me the budget, I can’t blame him one bit. Costs have simply skyrocketed, and we didn’t have the kind of season we aimed for, but that wasn’t due to a lack of effort, I can assure you of that. There were many late nights and sleepless nights trying to brainstorm ways to find that extra speed, but we just couldn’t seem to make any breakthroughs. I’ll always consider Craig and Shannon (Sims) as family and am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to fulfill my dream of racing full-time in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series over the past two years.’

Following the announcement that he will be without a ride for the 2024 season, Spencer Hughes will return to his home state of Mississippi after the ‘Dirt Track World Championship’ and is actively working on securing a program for the next season. If you are interested in supporting Spencer and his racing endeavors in any capacity, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone or text at 601-692-8778. You can also contact him via email at or follow him on all social media platforms. His website, located at will undergo a redesign and update with any breaking news leading up to the 2024 campaign.

Media Contact: Ryan Delph – Delph Communications




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