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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Set To Rebound In Springfield

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Mason Mingus, Win-Tron Racing, Allen Crowe 100

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Set To Rebound In Springfield

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
August 15, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (August 15, 2012) - - This weekend, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will manhandle the one-mile dirt track of the Illinois State Fairgrounds for Sunday’s annual running of the Allen Crowe 100. For Win-Tron Racing rookie Mason Mingus, his objective is clear, rebound.

Last weekend, the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team suffered horrible misfortune after the engine seized on the warm-up laps of the Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway forcing the team to sit out the 15th race of the season.

Understandably, frustrated and disappointed about the recent hardship, the determination level by the Brentwood, Tennessee driver has been raised several notches leading into his ninth start of the year vowing to prove that bad luck won’t hold them back, even on a dirt track, a place that Mingus has never seen before.

“This is our time to shine,” said Mingus, driver of the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry. “Everyone’s going to have some bad breaks in racing – last weekend though tripped the meter. But, we’re bound and determined to grow through that on Sunday and we have 100 laps to get it done.”

Despite having zero experience on the dirt in a stock car, let alone at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Mingus is embracing the opportunity presented to him and believes the wealth of information and guidance he’ll receive from his Win-Tron Racing team will pay dividends when the green flag flies.

“I’m excited, even though I’ve never run on dirt before. You can think this or think that – but what it all boils down to is what happens when you climb into that racecar,” offered Mingus. “I have a bunch of questions, but I know by the end of practice on Sunday morning, I’ll probably have plenty more. I think that circumstance comes with any new track – but this is dirt. I’m ready for something outside the box though. I don’t look as the race as a hindrance, but rather as an opportunity to succeed and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”

He continued, “I’m not real sure what to expect in practice. We’ll take it easy to start but then it will be hammer down by probably our second time out. It would be nice to have more than an hour of practice but I am looking forward at the opportunity of redeeming ourselves. We had a lot of bad luck at Berlin and I’m ready to put it behind us and move on, who knows maybe I’ll just get that first win on a dirt track. That would be amazing. I know that my guys at Win-Tron Racing will give me a great car to work with.”

For the ninth 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. The odds may be stacked against me this weekend, but if I stay focused, connect with the team and most importantly stay alert, 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 Springfield. “We’re not afraid to put a rookie in a car on the dirt,” he said. “Mason has shown great ability this season and while this race is obviously very different from anything we’ve tackled this year, I think you’ll see a great performance by Mason on Sunday afternoon. As a team, we’re ready to go.”

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

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

The Allen Crowe 100 (100 laps / 100 miles) is the 16th of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 30th ARCA event held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds is a one-day show. Practice begins Sunday, August 19 with a one hour practice session planned from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. The field will take the green flag Sunday afternoon shortly after 1:00 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 (Central).

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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