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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Like Odds For Berlin

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Mason Mingus, Win-Tron Racing, Berlin ARCA 200

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Like Odds For Berlin

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
August 9, 2012

MARNE, Michigan (August 9, 2012) - - Lakeville Minnesota’s Win-Tron Racing has been a predominant fixture in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for the past five years. During that time, the potent single-car operation has sailed young drivers to victory lane, their first time in victory lane.

This Saturday as the tour returns to the Great Lakes state of Michigan for the running of the Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz, the team not only returns as the defending champion but also a serious threat to record back-to-back victories at the 0.4-mile paved oval.

Should the team led by Mark Rette be able to pull off such a feat, it would mark the second consecutive year that Win-Tron Racing has hoisted a first time winner in victory lane at the short track nestled on the outskirts of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mason Mingus, the promising rookie from Brentwood, Tennessee returns to the helm of the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Impala.

In their last outing together two races ago at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Mingus proved just how much he’s learned this season as he climbed from his eighth place qualifying position to race inside the top-five before late race contact shuffled the driver back to a 10th place finish.

Even though the group didn’t post the finish they knew that they deserved, the morale has remained high as the team is eager for the 15th race of the season.

“I feel really good about Berlin,” said Mingus. “We are coming off a race that we should have won had a couple of things gone our way. I think not just myself but everyone on the Win-Tron Racing team is ready to go to track this weekend and carry the momentum over from Lucas Oil Raceway.”

While the teenager has yet to see the track for himself – the youngster knows that he’ll have to rely on the experience of his team through the early stages of the day.

“Berlin’s another track that I’ve yet to see with my own eyes, but I’ll be okay,” he said. “The odds aren’t against us this weekend – despite the facts. Together, we’re the defending champions of this race and we hope we don’t have to relinquish that rein just yet. There’s no question in my mind that I’ll get the hang of the place quickly and we’ll be ready to fight in the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet once that green flag drops Saturday night.”

Set to make his ninth start of the year and eyeing his sixth top-10 thus far, Mingus has been content with the progress he’s made. But, the soon-to-be High School senior admits he is still aiming for more.

“I think as a driver, you always are a little harder on yourself than some others may be, but that just gives you the drive to fight,” he said. “I’m real happy with the way our season has gone – but I don’t think I’ll be satisfied until we have a trophy in our hands. I’m hoping that time comes this weekend.”

For the eighth time this year, the 17-year old standout will be carrying the likes of Call 811 Before You Dig, which has been with him since his inception into the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

“I can’t begin to thank Call 811 Before You Dig for their support of me on the ARCA Racing Series tour this season,” added Mingus. “We’ve had some really good runs and gained them some attention – but our goal remains focused on making others aware of what Call 811 Before You Dig is all about and how their program works. At a track like Berlin anything can and will happen, so I think as long as I can keep the car out of trouble, we should have a shot at bringing home the checkered flag for them and all of our partners at Win-Tron Racing”

Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his sentiments on his protégés tango with Berlin Raceway. “After Lucas Oil Raceway, we’re amped for Berlin. We celebrated last year with Matt Merrell as a first time winner in the ARCA Racing Series and it would be no surprise to me whatsoever if Mason was able to do the same this weekend. He knows what he wants in these cars now and that was a clear indicator at Lucas Oil. Hopefully, this will be a weekend that we won’t soon forget.”

On top of Berlin Raceway, Mingus’s current ARCA schedule also includes Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway, Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield) and the traditional Fall Salem (Ind.) Speedway classic.

In addition to Call 811 Before You Dig, Diamond Equipment will leap aboard the team as an associate marketing partner for Mingus’s 10th-career ARCA start.

The Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz (200 laps / 88 miles) is the 15th of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 25th ARCA race at Berlin is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, August 11 with a forty-five minute practice session planned from 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. A final practice is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag under the lights shortly after 8:30 p.m. The race will not be televised but additional coverage including a radio broadcast and timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local (Eastern).

Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641

Learn about Call 811 Before You Dig and what it can do for you by connecting to call811.com.

For more on Mason Mingus, please visit MasonMingusRacing.com.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Lakeville, Minnesota, 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 and Matt Merrell to their first career ARCA victories. In 2012, the team will begin its sixth year of competition with current drivers Chris Windom, Mason Mingus and Aleks Gregory.

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NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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