Hard work from Sunoco rookie of the year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) candidate Mason Mingus paid off with his first career top-10 finish in this past Friday night’s SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway.
Mingus, driver of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra and his Mooresville, North Carolina-based Win-Tron Racing, entered the third race of the season looking to bounce back after tough outings at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway respectively, left the freshman team with more to be desired.
Throughout practice on Thursday, the Brentwood, Tennessee native adjusted to his first trip to the 1.5-mile speedway in a truck. Producing the 19th quickest laps overall, Mingus consulted with crew chief Mark Rette about making the necessary adjustments to move forward.
In knock-out qualifying on race day, Mingus successfully advanced from round one to round two, lining up his Win-Tron Racing automobile in the 18th position.
From the drop of the green flag, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards graduate methodically worked his way through the field and masterfully avoided the early race carnage.
Despite reporting a loose condition on his No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra, Mingus continued to advance on the leader board, putting himself inside the top-10, closing in on the halfway mark.
A flawless effort by the Win-Tron Racing pit crew, including a four tire change with fuel following the final caution flag on Lap 127, allowed Mingus to remain inside the top-10.
In the waning laps, the rookie found himself battling a veteran in Joe Nemechek for ninth. The race between the two proved to be one of the best battles on the track, but eventually the veteran would outrank the rookie putting Mingus 10th when the checkered flag waived.
The performance was a career-best for the 19-year old rising star in his sixth career NCWTS start.
“Kansas was a great night for us,” said Mingus. “As a driver I never leave the race track 100 percent satisfied with a 10th place run, but after the rough start we have had this season, it is a great place for us to start building on.
“Our game plan was to make laps, stay out of trouble and it paid off. The track was very slick, which is what I feel caused a lot of the cautions. We just wanted to make sure we weren’t part of that. It was a great learning experience for me and I’m excited to carry that over to Charlotte.”
With his effort at Kansas, Mingus advanced 10 spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings to 16th, just 22 markers from 10th.
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