(LONG POND, Pa. - June 6, 2012) - On the heels of a top-10 performance last Saturday night at Elko Speedway, Win-Tron Racing is hoping to carry the momentum over to Pocono Raceway this weekend for the Pocono ARCA 200.
The Lakeville, Minnesota-based team historically known for breeding, maturing and delivering winners on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards circuit, welcomes Aleks Gregory for the first of his five race partnership behind the wheel of the No. 32 Mosquito Patch Toyota Camry.
While Gregory, a rookie hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana will make his Pocono Raceway debut – in a sense the entire garage will make their debut at “The Tricky Triangle” as the 2.5-mile triangle underwent a complete repavement is set to present its challenges to the teams, but the Mark Rette led team feels that they are more than ready for anything the track may throw their way.
"They are a great bunch of guys," said Gregory. "I really like the owners Nate (Thiesse) and Kevin (Cywinski); they are very knowledgeable and great to work with. I know that Turner Motorsports is working with Win-Tron and that relationship is really beneficial to the team. I like that they have direct input from a NASCAR team. The whole crew has been great to work with, especially out in Michigan (test). They are well-organized and I definitely like the way they run their operation. I cannot wait to run my first race with them. I'm looking forward to getting our The Mosquito Patch car up to the front this weekend."
Indeed the Michigan test was a crucial stepping stone for the avid racer as it not only allowed the 23-year old to become acquainted with his new surroundings but also prepare for next Friday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, another track that underwent a complete facelift.
“We plan to use every possible minute of practice to our advantage to dial in the No. 32 Mosquito Patch Toyota Camry,” said Rette who helped steer Brandon McReynolds to his first-career ARCA Racing Series victory last month at Talladega. I’m looking forward to working with Aleks and getting him comfortable not only with the track but with the car too. The good thing is that this is the same car that we tested with at Michigan, so he’s already knows its capabilities, but we know there’s always room for improvement. When push comes to shove, we want to have a shot to finish near the front on Saturday afternoon.”
Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his thoughts and goals on the seventh race of the season. “Obviously, there’s a lot of hype and anticipation about Aleks getting behind the wheel of the No. 32 Mosquito Patch Toyota Camry. We’re excited to have him as a part of our family but once the track opens up for business on Friday, our goals shifts on doing what we can to get Aleks comfortable and content with having a good clean race and finish on Saturday afternoon.”
Before joining the ARCA tour, Gregory launched his racing career in go-karts at the tender age of nine. In a span of five years (1990 – 2004), he delivered over 110 Sprint Class wins, in addition to five Louisiana State championships and five Gulf Coast Challenge championships. In 2008, he graduated to the World Karting Association (WKA) where he earned the Triple Crown Award for winning three separate national class championships in a single season.
In addition to Pocono, the duo will also tackle the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan International Speedway (June 15), the Ansell / ActivArmr® 150 at Chicagoland Speedway (July 21), the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, (August 4) and the season-finale Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway (October 19).
The Pocono ARCA 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the seventh of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 54th ARCA race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, June 8 with a hour and fifty minute practice session planned from 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 2:05 p.m. A final fifty minute “happy hour” practice is scheduled from 5:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag Saturday, June 9 shortly after 1:30 p.m. The race will be televised on SPEED with a scheduled airing launch of 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Additional coverage including timing and scoring 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.
For more on Aleks Gregory, please visit aleksgregory.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.
About The Mosquito Patch:
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Mosquito Patch (themosquitopatch.us) is an all-natural, deet free mosquito bite protection patch. The transdermal, water-proof patch attaches to the skin and provides up to 36 hours of mosquito bite protection. Because the spray-free, odor-free patch is all-natural, it is safe to use on children and adults of all ages.