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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Battle Back For Top-10 at Salem
Posted by: newsla on Apr 29, 2013 - 05:41 PM
Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Battle Back For Top-10 at Salem

Contact nearly 25 laps into Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Crosley Radio at Salem (Ind.) Speedway made for a long afternoon for Mason Mingus in the No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry. But, a “never give up” attitude persevered with the team negotiating their third hard fought top-10 finish of the young season.


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Entering the third race of the year, Mingus and his Mooresville, North Carolina-based Win-Tron Racing team were tied for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards points lead with nine-time champion Frank Kimmel.

Two strong practice results on Saturday afternoon for the Mark Rette-led team gave optimism for qualifying. However, a loose No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry only allowed the Brentwood, Tennessee native to time in fifth fastest.

Still, the veteran ARCA team along with their driver, felt they had a good car for Sunday afternoon’s showdown. The field took the green flag shortly after 2:15 p.m., with Mingus threading the needle in the early laps maintaining a spot inside the top-10.

As the early laps clicked away, Mingus was able to hover safely inside the top-10, waiting for the perfect opportunity to pounce on his competition. Unfortunately, Mingus would find trouble while catching the tail end of the field and made significant contact with the No. 35 of Milka Duno, igniting a tire rub on the No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry and eventually forcing the Tennessean to give up his lead lap status and enter pit road under green flag conditions for service.

Quick work by the Win-Tron Racing team would send their driver back into battle, but several laps behind the leader.

For the remainder of the afternoon, Mingus, with a competitive automobile underneath him, would steadily climb from his race-low 25th to finish 10th in his fourth Salem Speedway start.

“I’m extremely disappointed by what transpired early in the race,” offered Mingus. “But, there’s nothing we can do about it (now). We tried to make the best of a bad situation. We were able to get some of our lost laps back, the old fashion way by passing the leader. That just shows how good of a No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry we had. I’m proud of everyone on this Win-Tron Racing team. We aren’t tied for the points lead anymore, but I know that this day could have turned out a lot worse.”

Co-car-owner Nate Thiesse offered his thoughts on Sunday’s Salem slugfest.

“Mason did a great job and his resilient performance is commendable,” Thiesse offered. “A lot of things can happen at Salem and we definitely didn’t expect to get in trouble with a lapped car so early on. Still, we never gave up as a team and luckily we were able to find our way back to a 10th place finish when the checkered flag waived.”

With his third top-10 finish of the season, Mingus unofficially sits second in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings, 30 markers behind Frank Kimmel.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the second and final restrictor plate race of the season from Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The running of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 is set for Friday, May 3 with live coverage on SPEED beginning at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern). Win-Tron Racing is the defending champion of the event at the 2.66-mile oval.

Exiting Salem, the 18-year old has 16 ARCA Racing Series races to his credit. During that tenure, he has acquired one top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, including a fourth place run at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway in March 2013. Additionally, a pole run last month, also at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway is his best time trials effort to date.

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