Brentwood, Tennessee native Mason Mingus may not be a familiar fixture on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards circuit - yet. Win-Tron Racing, considered by many, one of the most potent single-car operations in the series will hand the wheel of their No. 32 Toyota Camry to the rising phenom for Saturday’s Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway.
Win-Tron Racing known for grooming up and comers has tightened their reins around Mingus all with the intentions of putting the former MMRA Mini Cup Series driver into contention in ARCA’s historic first visit to MIS.
Not only is the teenager juggling the books of being a High School scholar, but the 17-year old is excelling in his post-curricular activities in wrestling. Last month while the Win-Tron Racing team was partaking to the high-banks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Mingus was tackling the mats with his team in the State championship rounds after his team won their division title, where he placed an impressive fifth overall in his individual class.
With the former ARCA CRA-Super Series standout continuing to make noise throughout the hallways of his school, Mingus is now prepped and ready to return to business at the racetrack when he climbs aboard the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry for his second career start in the ARCA Racing Series.
Mingus, in all aspects is used to pressure, so the bonus announcement of Win-Tron Racing expanding their newest protégés presence to a minimum of eight races on the 60-year old tour sheds light that Mingus will find himself gunning for another type of trophy by season’s end.
“I’ve been ready to go racing for a while,” said Mingus, a former competitor in the MMRA Baby Grand Series. “I’m excited about our race schedule increasing in the ARCA Racing Series. I think it’s going to help me immensely develop as a driver. I know I have a lot to learn and I’m going to be racing against some really good drivers, but it’s a comforting feeling to me knowing that I have the experience and faith of the group at Win-Tron Racing behind me. As a rookie, that eases the comfort level quite a bit.”
Call 811 Before You Dig, which leaped aboard for Mingus’s inaugural ARCA Racing Series debut last September at Salem (Ind.) Speedway has returned for the 2012 season and will hoist the title as the primary marketing partners of the team’s entry beginning with Saturday afternoon’s 200-lap dash.
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“Call 811 Before You Dig is a great program and we want to increase their awareness and I feel that we’re going to make a major dent into that this season,” offered Mingus. “It’s really a great, informational service available and I’m extremely grateful to them for pairing up with me this season. Believe me, we’re going to do everything we can to spread their message and more importantly take them to Victory Lane!”
Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing is eager to put his newest pupil behind the wheel of their Win-Tron Racing entries. He also admits that it won’t take long for the passion and devotion to set in for Mingus.
“We’ve worked with a lot of drivers, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a driver so passionate about winning and eager to dig right in with the team,” offered Thiesse. “There isn’t a question in my mind that he can climb into our No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota and become a contender. Mobile’s going to be a strong field, but one of Mason’s strongest suites is that he adapts quickly, so that has propelled the team’s morale a bunch heading into the weekend.”
In addition to Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway, Mingus has increased his ARCA Racing Series schedule from five races to eight races with the option of adding more races becoming likely. In addition to Mobile, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Elko (Minn.) Speedway, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway and the traditional Fall Salem (Ind.) Speedway classic have all been laid out as Mingus’s ARCA Racing Series current short track blitz.
In addition to Call 811 Before You Dig, Diamond Equipment has leaped aboard the team as an associate marketing partner for Mingus’s foray into the development series.
The Mobile ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The first ARCA race held at MIS is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, March 9 with a three and a half hour practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day at 7:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in on race day, Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will not be televised on SPEED but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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