Mason Mingus Digs Hard For Top-10 Finish At Salem SpeedwayBy Official Release
The performance in the third race on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour was the exact opposite from last September where the track’s demeanor showcased its strength with the rookie. This time around, the Brentwood, Tennessee native was determined to prove that he would have the upper-hand at the Southern Indiana-short track.
It was evident that a private test session with the Win-Tron Racing paid off significantly in the two rounds of practice on Saturday which saw Mingus post his No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry in the 13th and ninth place positions respectively.
Between the break of final practice and Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell, Mingus was able to debrief with crew chief Mark Rette where the two were able to bounce different ideas off each other leading into qualifications. In time trials, Mingus maneuvered his automobile around the half-mile short track in 17.488 seconds at 114.250 miles per hour landing him a career-best starting spot of ninth. The 17-year old informed his team that he was overall pleased with the handling of his race car.
When the green flag waived on Sunday afternoon, Mingus relied on the expertise of his team to help him settle into a comfort zone; awaiting the perfect opportunity for him to make his mad dash to the front. Through the race’s first 60 laps – Mingus kept his No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry competitively in the top-10 hovering in ninth and had inched one position further when the caution flag waived on lap 77, allowing Rette the first opportunity to bring his rising star to pit road for the team’s routine pit stop.
Restarting 15th, Mingus cleverly began crafting his way back towards the top-10. Head’s up driving by the former ARCA / CRA Series standout when a multi-car incident ensued ahead of him on lap 94, lifted the No. 32 to sixth by the half-way point.
Racing resumed with the 17-year old development driver quickly on the heels of entering the top-five and after two laps, Mingus blasted himself into the top-five for the first time of the race. Continuing to chase down the leaders, Mingus would see his No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry control the field when leader Alex Bowman pitted on lap 135.
Mingus would control the field for five laps before leading Bowman, on fresher tires, would reassume the lead on lap 141. Nine laps later, the caution flag fell allowing Rette to bring his driver down pit lane for two right side tires setting up his driver to the finish with fresh rubber.
Restarting 13th, Mingus would give nothing less than 100 percent over the final50 laps of the event and despite a torrid pace by leaders Bowman and Frank Kimmel, Mingus was able to pass Ryan Reed in the final 15 laps of the event to crack the top-10 and take the checkered flag in 10th, the final automobile on thelead lap.
“Overall, it was a good day for Win-Tron Racing,” said Mingus. “We really had a good car. The entire team worked hard on the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry all weekend long and the car is in pretty good shape after what appeared as a rough race. We had a lot of support in the stands with my family and some representatives from Call 811 Before You Dig and Diamond Equipment, so I don’t really think I could ask for much more. This is a much better turnout than Mobile.”
Nate Thiesse, co car-owner of Win-Tron Racing was exceptionally pleased with his driver’s actions at Salem and is eagerly looking forward to Mingus’s upcoming races. “Mason was incredibly upbeat the entire weekend and it boiled over onto the race track with a satisfying top-10 finish. We just ran out of laps there at the end of the race, otherwise, we would have been a little further up the leaderboard. Still, Mason showed patience and aggression during the race at times where he knew he could exercise them. I think he learned a lot. He tested here and we’re going to test him at Toledo before we race there in a couple weeks, so I won’t be surprised if we have a similar if not better outcome there.”
On top of Salem Speedway, Mingus’s current ARCA schedule also includes, Toledo Speedway, Elko (Minn.) Speedway, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway 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 third-career ARCA start.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is a trip to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for the running of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 on Friday, May 4. The 94-lap / 250-mile event will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 4:00 p.m. (CST).
Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641
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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 and Mason Mingus.