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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Focused On Salem Showdown

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Mason Mingus, Win-Tron Racing, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Focused On Salem Showdown

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
September 12, 2012

SALEM, Indiana (September 12, 2012) - - With just two races remaining in his rookie season on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, Brentwood, Tennessee native Mason Mingus is determined to achieve some personal goals in Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic by Federated Car Care at the historic Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

The teenager has shown speed and success in his freshman season of driving the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry for the veteran Win-Tron Racing team. In 10 events this season, the Tennessean has delivered six top-10 finishes including a career-best sixth at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in June.

But, contending for a win and notching a top-five run still remain on Mingus’s “bucket list” this year. Thankfully, the 17-year old will return to the Southern Indiana racetrack for the third time in his young career and he strongly believes that he can accomplish both ahead of schedule.

“I am ready to go back to Salem,” said Mingus. “I had a great racecar there earlier this year. I think we really had a shot at the win if our pit strategy had gone our way. Salem is my favorite track that I have been to so far. I’ve had success in a Late Model there in the past and of course we had an encouraging finish in the Spring, so I’m anxious to see what we can do on Saturday night. One thing is for sure, I know the Win-Tron Racing guys will prepare me a good No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry.”

Even though the annual September ARCA showdown occurs under the lights, a much different climate from this past April, Mingus insists that the team’s approach to the race does not change.

“I am going into this race with the same expectations as every race and that is to try and win,” offered Mingus, who will make his third career ARCA start at the 0.5-mile paved oval. “The difference this weekend is that we have proven (in the past) that we are capable of it (winning), so we are going to bring everything we have to try and make it happen.”

With the curtain set to close on his inaugural ARCA season, Mingus hasn’t diverted away towards next year’s plans.

“We’re planning to come back and be here with Win-Tron Racing,” sounded Mingus. “We’ve spent a lot of time together this season building a relationship and I surely don’t want to see that fizzle out. We can only get stronger from here and I hope we’re able to show that next year. Hopefully we’re able to announce something more concrete really soon.”

Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his sentiments on his protégés tango with Salem. “The race will be very demanding on Saturday night but we’re ready for it. Mason’s debut with Salem last year didn’t turn out as we had hoped but he made massive strides in April and we know that we can pick up right where we left off this weekend. We’ve been able to breed first time winners at Salem, especially in the Fall Classic. There’s no doubt in my mind that with a little luck we can do that again, this time with Mason on Saturday night.”

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 111 miles) is the 18th of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 92nd ARCA race held at Salem Speedway is a one day show. Practice begins Saturday, September 15 with a forty-five minute session planned from 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Final practice also consisting of forty-five minutes begins at 1:45 p.m. and will conclude at 2:30 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in immediately following qualifying. The event will take the green flag shortly after 7:15 p.m. later that night. 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).

In addition to Call 811 Before You Dig, Diamond Equipment will leap aboard the team as an associate marketing partner for Mingus’s 12th-career ARCA start.

On top of Salem, Mingus’s current ARCA schedule also includes the rescheduled Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 14.

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.


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

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