Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Ready To Hammer Down In Mobile
Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Ready To Hammer Down In Mobile
Knight Motorsports Management
March 5, 2013
MOBILE, Alabama (March 5, 2013)
Mason Mingus, driver of the No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Win-Tron Racing.
- - With a successful seventh-place finish in the 2013 season-opener officially in the rearview mirror for ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship contender Mason Mingus (@Mason_Mingus) and his Win-Tron Racing team, they now turn their attention towards Saturday afternoon’s Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway.
While the veteran team enjoyed the traditional hype of competing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and reamed the benefit of a top-10 finish last month, the team is feeling a bit at ease knowing their destiny is more controllable leading into the first short-track of the season.
That doesn’t mean however, the Mark Rette-led team can completely let their guard down because, after all, racing is racing and anything can happen. Still, the driver of the No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry is confident about his chances.
“You never really know what you’re going to get out of Daytona,” Mingus explained. “Luckily for us, our performance was solid and we learned a lot. But, now we’re focused on Mobile, where our fate is a little more in our hands. And that’s a good feeling.”
To better aid them towards this weekend’s contest, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team joined a stack of other ARCA competitors in a private test at the 0.5-mile oval – hoping to find a pivotal setup which could send the Brentwood, Tennessee native to his first career win in just his 15th start.
“Even though we ran into some (engine) problems during the test, we still learned a ton,” Mingus said. “Our finish last year wasn’t an indicator of the strength of this team, so I think with what we learned then and now, should put us in good shape for Saturday.”
As for his goals for the Mobile ARCA 200, well, they remain simple.
“We are points racing so if we can run in the top-three each week I will leave happy, but unless I win the race, I will not leave completely satisfied,” the teenager offered. “I have a car and a team that is capable of winning so it comes down to everyone including myself executing well on race day. If we can fine tune our setup so that we are consistent lap after lap on old tires, I think we will be able to be in contention for the win. When it comes to short track racing, there is much more emphasis on having good race cars rather than great qualifying cars.”
With three of the season’s first 21 races spread out during a 10-week period, Mingus sounded off on how influential a strong start to the season can help the team before the action accelerates in May.
“Morale is everything in this sport,” he added. “When you have a few good races it keeps everyone in good spirits and that’s important when you have a “slow start.” For us, the break in-between the races help us get our cars prepared for the season, while still search for additional sponsorship dollars and things like that. When May comes around, no matter what our results show, we should be in good shape for the summer stretch.”
Win-Tron Racing co-car owner Nate Thiesse is anticipating a strong race for his team. “In a sense, our season starts now,” he explained. “Daytona’s crap shoot is over and we can focus on some of the tracks that where you’re not relying on such key components. With what we learned last week and what we’ll embrace on Friday, we should have all the pieces to make us contenders for victory lane.”
As reported in Daytona, Mingus sacrificed his state wrestling individual championship round in order to make his “World Center of Racing” debut at Daytona, but it wasn’t all for nothing. “I finished the season 36-5 and our team won the state wrestling championship,” Mingus mentioned. “While, I was not able to compete in the state individuals because of Daytona, I ended the season exactly how I wanted by capturing the team state title, so all in all it wasn’t too bad.”
Entering Mobile, Mingus occupies seventh in the championship standings accumulating 195 points. Just 50 markers separate him from the top-spot held by John Wes Townley, who is not expected to compete in this weekend’s activities.
In the Tennessean’s previous 14 ARCA Racing Series races, he has acquired eight top-10 finishes including two career-best sixth place outings at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and Salem (Ind.) Speedway respectively in 2012. Additionally, a sixth-place qualifying run last August at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway is his best time trails effort to date.
The Mobile ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 21 events on the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The second ARCA race held at MIS is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, March 8 with a forty-five minute session planned from 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. A final 45-minute session is set for 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for that night at 7:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in on race day, Saturday, March 9 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will not be televised on SPEED but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing’s multiple Motorsports programs is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641.
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About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing has become a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2013, the team will begin its seventh year of competition with a presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
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