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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Fight Hard For Sixth At Michigan
Posted by: newsla on Jun 17, 2013 - 06:16 PM
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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Fight Hard For Sixth At Michigan


ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship contender Mason Mingus overcame handling issues in this past Friday’s Patriot Pumps 200 at Michigan International Speedway to net his seventh consecutive top-10 finish this season.

 

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Mingus, driver of the No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry, had never seen Michigan International Speedway’s incredibly fast two-mile oval before practice on Thursday afternoon, but the recent High School graduate adapted quickly.

With the assistance of his former ARCA championship crew chief Mark Rette, the Brentwood, Tennessee native maneuvered the ninth-fastest lap. The Mooresville, North Carolina-based team did not completely show their cards as they decided not to make a mock-qualifying run, in order to allow their SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate to gain laps around the fastest track on the circuit.

On race day, the 18-year old negotiated the sixth quickest lap in a field of 28 entries.

The Patriot Pumps 200 took the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m., with Mingus maintaining a pace safely inside the top-10.

Early on, despite protecting his place inside the top-10, Mingus reported to Rette that his No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry was tight. The crew chief acknowledged his driver’s complaint and advised his freshman driver he would make a chance to their racecar during their first pit stop.

Mason Mitchell blew a tire on lap 25 and littered the race track with debris, Mingus ran over some of it, which caused damage to his front valance.

During the yellow, Mingus joined the leaders on pit road, where the Win-Tron Racing bunch serviced their machine with four tires, fuel and attempted to fix the damage to the valance.

Mingus rejoined the field in 11th for the lap 31 restart and steadily began climbing through the field, despite wrestling a still extremely tight racecar. When the caution flag waived on lap 43 for Tom Hessert, the Win-Tron Racing development driver had muscled his machine to seventh, despite a challenging handling condition.

The final pit stop of the day occurred on lap 73 after Spencer Gallagher lost a tire with the teenager holding down the fifth position. Under the yellow, the Win-Tron Racing team performed brilliantly, with tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.

Restarting fifth, Mingus tried to contend for a podium finish, but the tightness of his racecar hindered him and a late race pass by Justin Boston dropped the avid wrestler one spot to claim sixth when the checkered flag was thrown.

“I feel good about our run at Michigan,” said Mingus. “We have continued to be very consistent, we haven’t finished outside the top-10 the entire season. Michigan was no different, although I had set a goal for a top-three, I am still happy with sixth. I’ve never been to Michigan and I was learning a lot about racing there. If we can continue to be this consistent, it is only a matter of time before we get our No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry to victory lane!”

Mingus added, “I know we lost a little more ground to Frank (Kimmel.) However, it’s still early in the season and I know we have some good tracks coming up, so we’ll just focus on putting ourselves in the top-five the next couple of weeks and hope the points will take care of itself.”

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is their inaugural trip to Road (Wisc.) America for the running of the SCOTT® 160 on Saturday, June 22. The event is the first of two road course events on the 2013 calendar. Mingus has one prior start on a road course in the ARCA at New Jersey Motorsports Park last year, finishing eighth.

Exiting Michigan, the Tennessean has 21 ARCA Racing Series races to his credit. During that tenure, he has acquired three top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes, including second-place runs at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and at Toledo Speedway in May 2013. Additionally, a pole run at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway in March, is his best time trials effort to date.

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