(OREGON, Wis. - August 23, 2012) - With just three races remaining on Mason Mingus’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule this year with Win-Tron Racing, the duo will look for their first top-five run in Sunday afternoon’s Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway.
On several occasions, the Mark Rette-led organization has been within sights of accomplishing one of their pre-season targets but obstacles have halted the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team of achieving the feat. This weekend, should all of the cards fall their way, the potent combination believes that a career-best finish could be among them, especially on the heels of a successful test session at the 0.5-mile paved oval last weekend.
“I feel really good about Madison,” said Mingus, driver of the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry. “We went up there last weekend and tested. I learned a lot. The team wanted me to get some laps there before we went back for the race so I would be comfortable with the track for practice on Saturday. We feel like we have a good car to bring back for the race and I’m excited about our chances.”
Confidence is everything, especially for a 17-year old rookie like Mingus. In his nine races this season, the Brentwood, Tennessee native has nabbed six top-10 finishes with a career-best finish of sixth at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in June. Feeling confident about his chances for the 17th race of the year, the soon-to-be High School senior is more determined than ever.
“I was very happy with how well the test went and with how the track felt,” added Mingus, an avid ARCA / CRA competitor as well. I think this is going to be a track I really like; it is the perfect definition of a short track and looks to be a very racy track. The guys at Win-Tron gave me a great car at the test and I’m very confident, we’ll have an ever better car for the race – and can bring home a top-five run.”
Despite only competing in nine races thus far this season, the Tennessean sits a respectable 18th in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings and has a respectable chance of finishing inside the top-15 by years end.
“While we are not racing for points, if we can wrap up the year inside the top-15, that would be just an added bonus for us,” Mingus stated. “This year has been all about seat time and getting comfortable with the tracks. Our finishes this year have allowed us to be in the position that we are in. It’s cool to say the least.”
Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his sentiments on his protégés tango with Madison. “We’re stoked for the race this weekend. Mason’s test could not have gone any better. We learned a lot, Mason adjusted to the track very quickly and our lap times were extremely promising. The guys in the shop have been thrashing to put the final touches on our No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry. We feel that when Sunday rolls around we’ll have a shot for a top-five performance if not a win, we feel that confident in Mason’s ability.”