(CLERMONT, Ind. - July 25, 2012) - Without question or hesitation, Mason Mingus has been able to surge himself into the spotlight driving the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Impala for Win-Tron Racing.
As the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 60th anniversary season presses forward and heads to Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) at Indianapolis Friday night, Mingus and his team are ready to contend for victory.
With the confidence and faith from crew chief Mark Rette, the Brentwood, Tennessee native will aim for his first career top-five finish in the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 by Federated Car Care. There are several reasons that Mingus is not only upbeat but confident in the ability to deliver the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team their second top-five outing of the year.
Last week, the duo participated in a private test session at the .686-mile oval and the veteran ARCA team was exceptionally pleased with the results from the driver. Adjustments to their No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Chevrolet Impala responded well which also has boosted the driver’s confidence leaning into his 10th career ARCA start.
“I’m ecstatic about getting back to Lucas Oil Raceway,” offered Mingus. “We went there and tested and man, the car was bad to the bone fast. Mark (Rette) and the Win-Tron Racing guys really have worked on this piece, because together we’re ready to prove that we have what it takes to win. This team is no stranger to victory lane and I’m eager to grasp one of those checkered flags in ARCA and I firmly believe that our chances are as good as any.”
Knowing that Friday night’s showdown will be full of plenty of short track aces, the teenager isn’t fazed by the fact. Instead, it’s given the development driver additional motivation to go out there and prove it to himself and his team.
“I’ve heard and saw from the entry list that this race usually brings out some of the best of the best as far as short track driving is concerned. I really feel that we have an advantage by being able to test and that will help us as we go through practice and qualifying and eventually leading up to the green flag. We just have to keep the fenders intact and my head clear and focus on the job on hand and we should be right where we need to be.”
To further aid the Tennessean with seat time at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Mingus will partake in the ARCA / CRA Super Series Fatheadz 100 presented by Team Construction driving the No. 811 Call 811 Before You Dig / Diamond Equipment Chevrolet for Mingus Motorsports, the preamble for the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 by Federated Car Care.
“The Late Model race should be a lot of fun,” sounded Mingus. “The race will go by quickly, but undoubtedly the extra seat time will be beneficial for the ARCA side. The ARCA / CRA Super Series is a fun series to compete in and we’ve enjoyed success. But how cool would it be to bring two trophies home on the same weekend?”
For the seventh 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. Their logos return to the primary role on the team’s entry after hoisting the Iowa One Call signage in his most ARS start at Iowa Speedway on July 13.
“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 bringing others aware of what Call 811 Before You Dig is all about and how their program works. I feel confident about our chances for Friday night for them.”
Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his sentiments on his protégés tango with Lucas Oil Raceway. “We’re all fired up about getting to Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend. We really put a lot of time and effort into the test and it seemed to pay off with the lap times. Mason’s quick adaption to the track should easily play into our hands. Our chances are as good as any about helping Mason deliver his first career ARCA Racing Series win on Friday night.”
On top of Lucas Oil Raceway, Mingus’s current ARCA schedule also includes Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield), the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds 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 ninth-career ARCA start.
The Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 137 miles) is the 13th of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The ninth ARCA race at LOR is a one-day show. Practice begins Friday, July 27 with a forty-five practice session planned from 1:35 p.m. - 2:20 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 5:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag under the lights shortly after 9:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional coverage including 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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