Win-Tron Racing Looking To Do What They Do Best At Toledo Speedway
Topics: Ryan Wilson, Federated Car Care 200
Ryan Wilson Motorsports
Knight Motorsports Management
October 12, 2011
TOLEDO, Ohio (October 12, 2011) - - Joey Miller, Blake Bjorklund, James Buescher, Justin Marks and Matt Merrell are just some of the drivers that Win-Tron Racing has propelled to their first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. This Sunday, the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team will be looking to add Ryan Wilson to that roster as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) standout returns to action for Sunday’s Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.
Wilson, a native of Randleman, North Carolina returns to the helm of the No. 32 Champion Brands Toyota Camry / Southern Pharmacy Services / Win-Tron Racing Toyota Camry after a strong 11th place outing at Kansas Speedway in the Kansas Lottery 98.9.
After tackling a short track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in July followed by two speedways races at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Kansas Speedway respectively, the 19-year old returns to somewhat normal territory by tackling another short track for his fifth career ARCA start.
While the rising star has yet to see the half-mile pavement in person, he isn’t necessarily worried about the challenges he may face, as his Mike Chaffee-led organization has blossomed at the Northern Ohio track over the past several years.
“I’ve been told that Toledo (Speedway) has some similar characteristics to Caraway (N.C.) Speedway, my hometown track back in North Carolina,” said Wilson, winner of last Fall’s Richard Petty Driver Search II. “I’m fired up about Toledo this weekend because it’s a short track and because a top-10 finish was stolen from us in the last couple of laps at Kansas because of a lapped car last Friday night. I want to make up for that this weekend.”
Using pit strategy in his intermediate track debut, Wilson was able to lead the field for three laps, but the avid short track ace wants to pace the field for his talent and speed this weekend and put his Win-Tron Racing team in contention for their second win of the year.
“You never forget leading laps in racing,” offered Wilson. “It was a cool experience (at Kansas) but it’s more about just being smart to lead laps, we also want to be the fastest and lead laps and have everyone chasing us. I know that we have the chance to do that on Sunday. Not only would a win be incredibly special for me, but I know it would be a great boost for Win-Tron and Champion Brands heading into the off-season.”
For co-owner Nate Thiesse, the opportunity to have Wilson back at the controls on Sunday means that he might just be the driver that steals the spotlight away from the ARCA regulars.
“Ryan is definitely gaining a lot of attention really quickly and for obvious reasons, “said Thiesse. “He was incredibly smooth and fast at Kansas and he did exactly what we wanted him to do. Now, we’re heading to a track that he should be adequately comfortable and with our prior success there, we’re hoping for a potent combination. It sure would be a great way to end the season with the team celebrating in victory lane with one of racing’s future stars.”
Thiesse added, “We’re working hard on our 2012 plans and Ryan is definitely in the cards. We would love to see him run for the championship next year if we can put everything together. His devotion and talent are beyond his years and I feel he can really represent not only our team and marketing partners well but the series too. Hopefully we can make it a reality.”
As for Wilson, the opportunity to run full-time for Win-Tron Racing would be a dream come true. “It’s been my dream to run at tracks like Daytona and Talladega,” Wilson explained. “I have a lot of people that believe in me and want to see that happen. We’re (hopefully) not going to stop until we make that happen. Hopefully, what we’re working on will materialize into something grand for 2012.”
In addition to Champion Brands, Win-Tron Racing and Wilson welcome Southern Pharmacy Services as an associate marketing partner for the 2011 ARCA season finale.
The Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 19th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 70th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 15 with a forty five minute practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final forty five minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. A one hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,331st race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641
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