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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing More Than Ready For Return To New Jersey
Posted by: newsla on Jul 26, 2013 - 06:51 AM
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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing More Than Ready For Return To New Jersey


The summer stretch for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards steers the 61-year old tour back to road course racing for the running of the Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing Oil at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).

 

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While, SCOTT Rookie leader Mason Mingus and his Win-Tron Racing team don’t consider themselves road course ringers by any means, they know their chances of finishing inside the top-10 in Sunday’s contest are realistic.

After all, Mingus notched one of his 10 top-10 finishes this season on the first road course race of the year at Road America (Wisc.) in the SCOTT 160. Thankfully, though, unlike Road America, the Brentwood, Tennessee native does have prior experience at the 2.3-mile paved Thunderbolt Raceway. Last year, the driver of the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Diamond Equipment Toyota Camry recovered from a botched qualifying effort to finish eighth.

This weekend, New Jersey Motorsports Park not only presents an opportunity for the 18-year old to increase his road racing skills, but also offers an adept opportunity to slice his deficit to Frank Kimmel in the quest for the ARCA Racing Series championship title.

“I’m excited about New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend,” said Mingus, who currently occupies second in the championship standings with 10 races remaining. “Not only do I have laps at NJMP, but I also learned a lot more about road racing from Road America a few weeks ago. I think we can be very competitive this weekend. Of course, it is a road course, so anything can happen. But, if you just stay on track, I think we will have a strong car and hope to run in the top-10 and see what we can get at the end, when it counts.”

After their first finish outside the top-10 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway two races ago, the team returned to form this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, where the Mooresville, North Carolina resident made his ARCA debut on a 1.5-mile oval.

Mingus, under the direction of former ARCA championship crew chief Mark Rette, finished sixth after starting sixth in the Ansell ActivArmr® 150. More importantly, however, the team was able to knock off 10 points in the arrears from Kimmel for the championship trophy.

“Coming off a strong run and a good points day at Chicagoland Speedway, I think we have a little momentum behind us to go to New Jersey and hopefully chop that margin down a little more to Frank (Kimmel).”

The Win-Tron Racing team has elected to utilize chassis No.021 for this weekend’s activities. It is the same piece responsible for Mingus’s two consecutive top-10 finishes in road course competition at NJMP (2012) and Road America (June 2013).

Entering The Garden State, the Tennessean has 24 ARCA Racing Series races to his credit. During that tenure, he has acquired three top-fives and 17 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.

The Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing (67 laps / 150 miles) is the 12th of 21 events on the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The sixth ARCA race on the 2.3-mile paved Thunderbolt Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, July 27 with an hour and a half session planned from 11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. A final practice is scheduled from 1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag Sunday, July 28 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but additional coverage including a radio broadcast and timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local (Eastern).


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