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Friday, September 5, 2014

Go Big Or Go Home For Reid Wilson At Southern National




Go Big Or Go Home For Reid Wilson At Southern National

KENLY, North Carolina (September 4, 2014) - - Make no mistake, X-1R Pro Cup Series competitor Reid Wilson is on the verge of winning a race.

In fact, victory should have been his in last month's Food County 200 at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway, but a mechanical failure while leading inside the final laps of the race left the driver of the No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet with a bittersweet taste in his mouth.

So, if Wilson approaches Saturday night's Gold Leaf 200 at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park (SNMP) with a "go big or go home" attitude, it's easy to understand why.

"It still stings a little," said Wilson when thinking about the most recent race on the schedule. "We had an extremely fast No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet and we were hooked up on the track. Just when I thought everything was going to go our way, we got bit, again. But there's that saying, 'when you get knocked down seven times, you stood up eight.'

"We've had a little bit of a break to get our car ready for this weekend's race. It's an important race and one that can ultimately decide how the rest of our season can play out, but we're focused. Focused on trying to win and (finally) sealing the deal."

Statistically speaking, Wilson's record at Southern National has been impressive. In the most recent race, the 2014 season-debut for the X-1R Pro Cup Series, the 18-year old reeled in his then career-best finish of third. In his other race, Wilson finished 10th after starting seventh.

This weekend though, Wilson can't afford a 10th, and probably not even a third, so part of his "go big or go home" mentality focuses on putting his Reid Wilson Racing team in contention for the win under the lights Saturday night.

"I've come to like Southern National," Wilson continued. "It's a good track with the opportunity to race. I struggled a little bit in my first race there last year, but this season we came out of the box strong and finished third. With Saturday night's being the first of the championship races, we can't afford to be a slouch. We have to be on our game and try and stay ahead of our competitors. If for some reason we can't compete for the trophy this weekend, we just need to leave there with the best finish possible. Tire conservation will be crucial."

This weekend's Gold Leaf 200 is the first of four championship races on the X-1R Pro Cup Series tour, which will ultimately decide the champion in October at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

With the points reset, the Huntersville, North Carolina native enters the ninth race of the season just five points from the lead.

"I love this championship series," offered Wilson. "Not only does it allow us a shot at the championship title, but it also allows us to close out the year at some of my favorite tracks on the schedule. These four races aren't going to be easy by any means. It's anyone's game. In order for us to contend though, we just have to keep doing what we've done all year and hope that dots will all connect so we can go to Hickory next month and still be in the fight." 

Should all the stars align and Wilson cap off his first full-season of X-1R Pro Cup Series competition with the championship accolades, he would become the youngest champion in series' history. That in itself leaves the promising teenager a young man on a mission.

"I love competing in this series," Wilson sounded. "It's a great series that has taught me an awful lot. If we can win the championship – it would be neat to become the youngest champion ever, but there's still plenty of racing to do before we can even dream about that opportunity. We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to bring fast and competitive No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet to the racetracks. Then, it's staying focused for the race and just hoping that the points will take care of themselves."

In addition to Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, Cheerwine serves as an associate marketing partner on the No. 66 entry. Veteran short track specialist Mike Herman Sr. will serve as the crew chief for the racer, who in 2012 at age 15, was dubbed as one of "NASCAR's future prospects to watch" by Motorsports Analytics.

The Gold Leaf 200 is set for Saturday night, September 6 with a scheduled green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m.

For more on Reid Wilson, please visit ReidWilsonRacing.com or click on his Facebook page. 

Wilson tweets too. Follow him @reidwilson66.

CONTACT:

NAME: Rita Wilson 

PHONE: 704.892.3983

EMAIL: rita@reidwilsonracing.com

Friday, August 29, 2014

NASCAR Next’s Dylan Lupton Looks For One More Spot At Kern County




NASCAR Next's Dylan Lupton Looks For One More Spot At Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, California (August 28, 2014) - - NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) has been close to capturing the checkered flag on several occasions this season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) tour, but his second career victory has continued to elude him.

But, by the end of Saturday night's Bakersfield 150 at Kern County (Calif.) Raceway Park, Lupton doesn't want to be wondering or thinking about "what if." Instead, he wants to raise the trophy with his Sunrise Ford Racing team alongside his No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion.

And if his performance in May's edition of the Armed Forces 150 is any indication, Lupton only needs to finish one spot better to earn him a trip back to Victory Lane in his 26th career start for car owner Bob Bruncati.

"We're getting so close we can taste it," said Lupton on the anticipation of winning again. "I can't say enough about this Sunrise Ford Racing team and the endless efforts that they give me to succeed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. I thought we had the win wrapped up at Evergreen, but we just didn't make it back to the checkered flag first."

Lupton dominated the NAPA Auto Parts / Toyota 150, leading a race high 73 laps and was leading the field on the white flag circuit, until another competitor shoved him out of the racing groove coming to the finish line, knocking him down to a third place run.

"Evergreen was a great race weekend for us," added Lupton. "That is all up to the last corner. We had such a great race car and were able to drive to the front and lead the last 70 laps or so. However, (David) Mayhew was able to get to our bumper going in to Turn 3 and he pushed me up the race groove and I lost two positions. It was definitely a disappointment, but we will just have to look at the positives and not make the same mistake twice."

Looking ahead to Kern County (Calif.) Raceway Park this weekend, Lupton and his team plan to use a similar setup that allowed the 20-year old to record one of his six top-five finishes this season. Three months ago, Lupton maneuvered from his fifth place starting spot to contend for the win, before eventually settling for the first of his two runner-up efforts this season.

"The team and myself included are all very excited to get back to Kern," Lupton spoke. "Earlier this year we put together a good performance and I believe we have everything it takes to win this race.

"We are taking the same car with a similar setup that we had earlier this year. However, to win this race I believe we will need to free up the car to run lower on the track, when the right time comes. We made a few adjustments to the race, so it should be better. We will take the same approach to this weekend as we did in Evergreen, get to the front, lead – but this time get the win."

If it seems that Lupton and his team have put a lot of emphasis on winning, you would be right. For Lupton, there's not a greater feeling than winning.

"I am very lucky to be a part of such a great team, series and represent a lot of superb companies," Lupton sounded. "But winning is what we're here to do. We want to win. They (the team) wants to win and our sponsors want to see us in Victory Lane, we know it's going to happen, we've almost done it, but it's time to make it happen."

But in his quest to win, Lupton and his team still have their sights on a potential championship. Sitting just 25 points behind veteran Greg Pursley for the top spot and only four races remaining, every point counts.

"I am still gunning for this championship," he said. "We have four races left, and every race from here on out is more important than ever. I need to go out and win these next few weeks to make sure I can get the maximum amount of points to close that gap up."

If winning races while trying to earn a championship isn't enough for the Wilton, California native, he's also recently returned to college at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where's he pursuing a business degree in his junior year. Juggling school and racing has already proven to be no easy task, but Lupton wouldn't have it any other way.

"With school starting back up again, it adds an extra challenge to my already busy schedule," Lupton said. "However, I am not going to let that affect my performance on the track. Monday - Wednesday I am at school and working on logistics for my racing program for next year. However, when I get to the track I am 100% focused on racing."

In addition to Sunrise Ford, Go Pro and Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, Immersion Media, Capitl and Company will adorn their logos on his Ford Fusion this weekend in California.

Entering Bakersfield, Lupton has 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts to his credit with one career victory at Evergreen Speedway (2013). During his NASCAR K&N tenure, Lupton has accumulated 10 top-fives and 22 top-10 finishes. A third place qualifying effort at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (June 2013) is his best time trials effort to date. He has controlled the K&N field three times for 84 laps.

The Bakersfield 150 is set for Saturday, August 30 from The Golden State. The 150-lap feature will commence shortly after 8:35 p.m. Pacific. The #Bakersfield150 is the 11th race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. It is the ninth of 12 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This is the series' third visit to the track that opened in May 2013 and second visit this season.

For more on Dylan Lupton, please visit LuptonRacing.com or follow him on Twitter @LuptonDylan.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan), driver of the No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) division for Sunrise Ford Racing.

PHOTO CAPTION II: The No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion driven by Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) division for Sunrise Ford Racing.

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Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Readies Road Course Challenge



 

 

 

 

 

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Readies Road Course Challenge

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (August 28, 2014) - - Being a rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) allows you to inhale an array of experiences.

This weekend, for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Mason Mingus, is no exception, as the tour heads North of the Border for an adventure at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), site of Sunday's Silverado 250.

While Mingus, driver of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra, doesn't have much road course experience, the Brentwood, Tennessee native is known for being a fast learner and hopes to adapt those skills towards earning his Win-Tron Racing their second top-10 finish of the season.

Even though Mingus will make his NASCAR debut on the track's 2.459-mile course, the 19-year old does hail experience in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards where he made three road course racing starts at New Jersey Motorsport Park and Road America (Wisc.) respectively.

Furthermore, Mingus was able to capitalize on the opportunity to turn right and left, as he wrestled his Win-Tron Racing entry to three consecutive top-10 performances, including two last season, which aided him to claim second in the championship standings at season's end.

Now, he hopes for similar success in Canada.

"I feel pretty good about Canada," said Mingus. "I just finished up a few days at Bondurant to help me get ready for this weekend. There's a lot of techniques when it comes to road course racing, so I want to make sure I'm on my game as much as possible.

"I don't have the experience that some of the veterans do, but I feel like we will have a pretty good truck and the little background I do have should pay off. I'm doing everything I can to prepare myself for Sunday's race."

Undoubtedly, the time spent at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving will aid Mingus in his mission to succeed this weekend, but the freshman NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver will also turn to the realistic computer simulator racing program, iRacing, to get him better equipped with the track's 10-turn facility.

"iRacing is so life-like," Mingus explained. "It has helped me a lot and I'm planning to spend some time on it this week before we have to leave.  I want to see if I can't learn some of the important braking points and things like that.  This is the next best thing compared to actual track time to get me ready."

Of course, the traditional strategy of staying on course is the key to earning a good finish on Sunday, but Mingus also knows that road course racing presents several variables that could allow his Mooresville, North Carolina-based team to maneuver an even better finish than what they're shooting for.

"You're always looking for the best finish possible, but this is road racing," Mingus added. "Things happen that can shuffle the strategy where a top-10 finish actually equates to a top-five finish. So we're just going to stay on track and adjust our game plan as needed and hope we can get a great finish in our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra."

Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his thoughts entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

"Even though Mason doesn't have a lot of experience on a road course, he's shown that he can get the job done in the three ARCA races he did in the past," he said. "He's confident in our ability to bring him a good truck this weekend to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and we're equally convinced he can do a similar, if not better job on the road course on Sunday. It's an event that we're looking forward to."

Entering Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Mingus sits 12th in the championship standings, 74 markers from 10th place held by Jeb Burton. Mingus unofficially sits second in the Sunoco rookie of the year standings, behind current leader Ben Kennedy.

The Silverado 250 is the 14th of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Sunday afternoon, August 31 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop at approximately 1:51 p.m. All times Eastern.  

Learn about Call 811 Before You Dig and what it can do for you by connecting to call811.com.

For more on Mason Mingus, please visit MasonMingusRacing.com.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing or log on to Win-TronRacing.com.

Mingus tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @Mason_Mingus.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing (Win-TronRacing.com / @WinTronRacing) is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing, becoming a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing's inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2014, the team will begin its eighth year of competition with a full-time presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Mason Mingus, driver of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Win-Tron Racing.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Carlos Contreras Back In The Saddle With Rick Ware Racing At Atlanta





 

 

 

 

Carlos Contreras Back In The Saddle With Rick Ware Racing At Atlanta

HAMPTON, Georgia (August 28, 2014) - - Carlos Contreras, the first NASCAR Hispanic-born driver rejoins Rick Ware Racing (RWR) for Saturday night's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.

Contreras returns to Rick Ware Racing for the eighth time this season after a two-race road course stint with TriStar Motorsports at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International respectively.

The Thomasville, North Carolina-based team is dedicated on helping Contreras achieve his 100th career NASCAR National Series start in 2014. Currently, Contreras stands at 97 starts overall in a career that dates back to 1999.

RaceTrac will adorn the hood of the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro, as the primary marketing partner in Contreras' Atlanta Nationwide Series debut. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates more than 370 convenience stores locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.

"I'm looking forward to being back at Rick Ware Racing this weekend," said Contreras. "It's a big weekend for us, as we're excited to have RaceTrac back on board for Atlanta. It's a huge honor for us to carry their colors in their hometown race Saturday night."

While the Mexico City, Mexico native doesn't have a start at the track's 1.5-mile surface, Contreras is hoping his prior mile-and-a-half experiences will pay off with a solid finish under the lights.

"Atlanta is a fast place," Contreras added. "It's important for our Rick Ware Racing team to keep ahead of the changing track conditions so we can find ourselves in a position for a good finish. We've made great strides this season, but there's always room for improvement. I feel that some of my other mile-and-a-half runs will help us this weekend. A solid run for us feel like a (small) victory, especially in front of RaceTrac and their friends."

"RaceTrac is proud to partner with Rick Ware Racing, and to support driver Carlos Contreras at the Atlanta Nationwide race on August 30," said RaceTrac spokesperson Ashleigh Collins. "At RaceTrac, we live for fun every day, so partnering with the No. 23 RaceTrac Chevrolet Camaro is a perfect way to deliver on that promise."

Car owner Rick Ware is looking forward to having Contreras' back at the controls. 

"Carlos has done a great job for us this season," he said. "We're incredibly proud to carry the RaceTrac logos on Saturday night, and we feel that Carlos will not only represent them well again, but deliver a finish we can all be satisfied with." 

In addition to RaceTrac, Lilly Trucking and Global Aircraft will serve as associate marketing partners for the 24th Nationwide Series race of the year, Contreras's 97th NASCAR National Series start.

Following Atlanta, Contreras is schedule to pilot a Rick Ware Racing car at Kentucky Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the 2014 season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November.

The Great Clips 300 is set for Saturday, August 30, 2014. The 195-lap contest is scheduled to air live on ESPN 2, the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

For more on Carlos Contreras, follow him on Twitter or visit his Facebook page.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

ABOUT RACETRAC:

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates more than 370 convenience store locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. In January 2012, RaceTrac introduced its new 6,000 square foot store design, featuring 24 hour Swirl World frozen yogurt, fresh salads and sandwiches, up to 24 fueling stations and more than 4,000 items to satisfy the needs of its guests. While operating under the mission of making people's lives simpler and more enjoyable, the company has been named a top workplace by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2011 - 2013), the South Florida Business Journal (2012), the Orlando Business Journal (2011, 2013) and the Dallas Business Journal (2009 – 2010, 2013), as well as recognized on Forbes list of largest private companies (1998 - 2013). Convenience Store News has also honored RaceTrac on the Top 100 Convenience Stores list (2003 – 2013), Top 20 Growth Chain list (2013) and named Carl Bolch, Jr. as the Retailer Innovator of the Year (2009) and named RaceTrac the Best Cold & Frozen Beverage Innovator (2013). For more information, visit RaceTrac on Facebook, Twitter, Web and LinkedIn.

PHOTO CAPTION: Carlos Contreras, driver of the No. 23 RaceTrac / Lilly Trucking Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

 

Media Contact:

 

Lisa Ware, Rick Ware Racing

 

lrware@aol.com

 

336.210.6411

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cody Shane Ware Set For NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut With Rick Ware Racing





 

 

 

 

Cody Shane Ware Set For NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut With Rick Ware Racing

LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 13, 2014) - - Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that 18-year old racecar driver Cody Ware will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this Saturday from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200.

Ware, a former Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) competitor will drive the No. 23 38 Special / Lilly Trucking Chevrolet Camaro for his father, longtime NASCAR owner and former driver Rick Ware.

It seems only fitting for the teenager to make his Nationwide Series debut on a road course. This season, the third-generation driver has been competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Series, where he has earned two wins in his Lamborghini Super Trofeo class and placing third overall at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International twice.

Ware is hoping he can apply those road racing skills in the final road course race of the season.

"I am very excited to finally be making my NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend," said Cody Ware. "The fact that I will be getting to race for my family makes it even greater. I am extremely grateful for everything and everyone that has made this possible.

"Mike Vazquez and 38 Special have made this race possible for me, they have been extremely good to me throughout the year, and I want to show them how much I appreciate their belief in me with a good run on Saturday. I also have to thank Dennis and Sharon Lilly from Lilly Trucking for their continued support of RWR and helping us get to the track not only this weekend, but for the last several years."

With a strong field on deck for the 2.25-mile, 13-turn course, Ware is hoping to play their strategy right and be in contention for a top-15 finish in the 22nd race of the year.

"I know Saturday won't be easy, but we're up for the challenge," Ware added. "Our team had a strong run at Road America with Kevin O'Connell in June and I think if we play our cards right we could find ourselves in a similar spot. While we strive to have goals on Saturday, the most important thing for me and our team is see the checkered flag."

For car owner and father Rick Ware, Saturday's race will be one of the greatest moments of his racing career.

"It is very exciting to be at the track and have my son, Cody drive for my team," offered Rick Ware. "My father made his NASCAR debut in 1982 and I made mine in 1983 at Riverside (Calif.) Raceway. This is our family business and it has taken a lot of help from family, friends and sponsors to make this happen for Cody Shane. I believe he can be patient and learn something every lap in his Nationwide debut. Most of all, I hope he can take it all in, have fun and realize what a privilege it is to run a NASCAR Nationwide Series and be a part of the NASCAR family. There is only one first race. I think he'll make the best of it!"

The Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (90 Laps / 203.22 miles) is set for Saturday August 16, 2014. The third and final road course race of the year is scheduled to air live on ESPN, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

For more on Cody Shane Ware, follow him @CodyShaneWare.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cody Shane Ware driver of the No. 23 38 Special / Lilly Trucking Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Lisa Ware, Rick Ware Racing

lrware@aol.com

Direct: 336.210.6411

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Ready To Do Work In Irish Hills





Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Ready To Do Work In Irish Hills

BROOKLYN, Michigan (August 14, 2014) - - Sitting one race past the halfway point on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule, Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Mason Mingus and his Win-Tron Racing team head to the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan ready to do work in Saturday afternoon's Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Mingus's freshman tour aboard the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota has had its shares of ups and downs, but as the pedal is about to be hammered down for the second half of the season, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team knows that the second-half is their opportunity to shine.

With over 1,500 laps completed thus far in 2014, Mingus is vowing to prove that his rookie stripe is slowly wearing off and the seat time he has embraced will (hopefully) pay off with his second top-10 finish of the season this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to Michigan this weekend, the Motor City," said Mingus. "I think we learned a lot with Greg (crew chief) on top of the box at Pocono that we will carry over to the race this weekend. We've shown a lot of speed lately, but we haven't been to capitalize on it to our fullest potential. We hope to change that Saturday."

While not familiar to the 2.0-mile oval of Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in a truck, the Brentwood, Tennessee native does have experience in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards last year. In that race, he qualified a competitive sixth and hung on to the lead pack during the 100-lap race to finish sixth, collecting his eighth of 18 top-10 runs last season, helping secure his runner-up championship effort in 2013.

In hindsight, the 19-year old's experience there should pay dividends in Saturday's race, but on the other hand, the Win-Tron Racing development driver is keeping an open mind too.

"I'm excited that I have been to Michigan before," he said. "It was in an ARCA car, but any extra track time I can have is great. I think as a rookie in trucks, I've been able to show that the experience at some of the places I raced last year has put me in a comfort zone. I still have a lot to learn, but I think we'll surprise everyone a little more in this second half."

Drafting will be a key ingredient in this weekend's race, the one challenge that could help propel the former champion wrestler to a career-best finish in his 15th career start.

"Like we said at Pocono, I expect drafting to be very important at Michigan, especially in qualifying," sounded Mingus. "If it does come into play like it did in Pocono, it will be a night and day difference when we draft in qualifying. I think we have a great opportunity to have a solid finish this weekend that will give us some momentum heading into the quick turnaround for Bristol."  

Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his thoughts on the upcoming Careers for Veterans 200.

"Michigan is a fast, wide track which produces some great racing," he said. "We think it's a track that Mason will adapt to quickly in a truck. He showed tremendous speed in the ARCA car there last year and we capitalized on that with a good finish. We hope for a similar effort on Saturday."

Entering Michigan, Mingus sits 12th in the championship standings, 58 markers from 10th place held by Jeb Burton. Mingus unofficially sits second in the Sunoco rookie of the year standings, behind current leader Ben Kennedy.

The Careers for Veterans 200 is the 12th of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Saturday afternoon, August 16 beginning at 12:00 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop after 12:30 p.m. All times Eastern.  

Learn about Call 811 Before You Dig and what it can do for you by connecting to call811.com.

For more on Mason Mingus, please visit MasonMingusRacing.com.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing or log on to Win-TronRacing.com.

Mingus tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @Mason_Mingus.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing (Win-TronRacing.com / @WinTronRacing) is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing, becoming a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing's inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2014, the team will begin its eighth year of competition with a full-time presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Mason Mingus, driver of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Win-Tron Racing.

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Bryan Silas; T3R2 Introduces Rush Bowls To NASCAR At Michigan International Speedway


Bryan Silas; T3R2 Introduces Rush Bowls To NASCAR At Michigan International Speedway

BROOKLYN, Michigan (August 14, 2014) - - Officials from T3R2 announced today that Rush Bowls, a revolutionary all-natural blends of fruits that serve as a healthy meal or snack alternative, will sponsor Bryan Silas at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Saturday afternoon's Career for Veterans 200.

Featuring five different meals, Rush Bowls' mission is to create wholesome, all-natural products that promote inner well-being while tasting more like sinful indulgences. Their meal line consists of power bowl, oasis bowl, energy bowl, yoga bowl and acai beach bowl.

Saturday's race in the Irish Hills will be the company's first foray into NASCAR.

"We're very excited to welcome Rush Bowls to the T3R2 family this weekend at Michigan," said driver Bryan Silas. "We've been fortunate to welcome some great marketing partners to our family-owned team this season. Rush Bowls is not only a perfect fit for our race team, but for the NASCAR community as a whole."

Liz Santoro, director of Business Development for Rush Bowls, showed equal enthusiasm about their partnership with Silas and his team this weekend.

"Rush Bowls is thrilled to partner with T3R2 and Bryan in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series," she said. "We have a lot in common. Our fan base is accessible to everyone. You can grab a Rush Bowl on the go, they fit almost every diet category and you don't need to be an expert about cars and trucks to enjoy racing. We have a huge appeal to families who want a healthy and adventurous lifestyle and no doubt that includes NASCAR fans. Everyone gets to sit behind the wheel in life, NASCAR fans get to taste the Rush!"

Silas, a native of Stuart, Florida will make his third start at the 2.0-mile oval this weekend. The last two seasons, the 27-year old has maneuvered two top-20 finishes, including a track best of 14th in 2012. The Floridian also has three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a personal-best of sixth in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards from 2009 – 2011.

The Mooresville, North Carolina-based T3R2 team is hoping to improve on their prior finishes at MIS and deliver their second top-10 finish of the season in the No. 99 Rush Bowls Chevrolet Silverado.

"Cal (Boprey, crew chief) and the entire T3R2 have been working extremely hard over the last month or so on improving our on-track performance," Silas added. "I think everyone can see that we're making some (great) strides. We still have a ways to go, but with time, I think we'll get there. I like Michigan and its wide surface. It usually puts on some great racing and I think we'll have a competitive No. 99 Rush Bowls Chevrolet Silverado to contend for a good finish in their NASCAR debut."

The Careers for Veterans 200 is the 12th of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 on Saturday afternoon, August 16 beginning at 12:00 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop after 12:30 p.m. All times Eastern.  

For additional input on Rush Bowls, please log on to RushBowls.com. 

For more on Bryan Silas please visit, BryanSilasRacing.com or tweet with him @BryanSilas99.

Follow T3R2 on Twitter by following @T3Racing.

PHOTO CAPTION: The layout of the No. 99 Rush Bowls Chevrolet Silverado for T3R2 driver Bryan Silas in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

Friday, August 8, 2014

Unfinished Business For Reid Wilson At Motor Mile




Unfinished Business For Reid Wilson At Motor Mile

FAIRLAWN, Virginia (August 7, 2014) - - Even though the most recent X-1R Pro Cup Series race for Reid Wilson (@reidwilson66) didn't pan out as planned, the Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) team looks to put that effort in the rear-view mirror and travel back to the Motor Mile this weekend on a strict agenda.

On the heels of a career-best finish at Tri-County (N.C.) Motor Speedway last month, Wilson and his family-owned team headed to the Summertime Showdown 200 at Orange County (N.C.) hoping to capitalize on the momentum with Wilson's first career win.

Unfortunately, the team had some struggles in the seventh race of the season. After posting decent times during their practice runs in his No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet, the team missed the opportunity to deliver in qualifying and lined up 10th.

During the race, Wilson, quickly drove his No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet to fifth by the time the caution flew for the half-time break.

Redrawing third to kick-off the second-half of the Summertime Showdown 200, Wilson drifted back momentarily once the green flag flew, but as the end of the race neared, Wilson began his charge back towards the lead pack, finding himself fifth and closing on fourth, when the distributor rotor gave way four laps from the finish, pedaling back the No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet to a seventh place finish.

With a short roller coaster ride full of emotions, Wilson turns his focus towards Saturday night's Food County 200 presented by KOMA Unwind, hoping to end up in victory lane.

"Up and down it seems for us over the last couple of races," Reid Wilson joked. "Orange County was the first race where we came to the track and were lacking consistent speed all day. We made great strides from qualifying to the race and I felt we were going to have a good finish, but sometimes you can't control mechanical gremlins. In our eyes, it could have been a lot worse. Now, it's time to go back to the Motor Mile and see what we can do."

But, it's more than about getting to victory lane for RWR. It's also about redemption.

Earlier this year at Motor Mile, the No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet posted the fastest lap during practice by nearly four-tenths of a second over the next competitor, but soon after, the team's promising hopes were dashed and they found themselves in the garage by Lap 11 with a rear-end failure.

Now, two months later, Wilson heads back to the 0.416-mile paved oval a man on a mission and rightfully so.

"I feel like we let one get away when we were there in June," Wilson explained. "But now, we're going back with a similar setup and we feel confident that we won't have the same issue with the rear end again and we can focus on getting ourselves to victory lane.

"I know we seem to keep talking about it, but I can't tell you how thirsty we are for it. Winning would be a big deal for me, for this team and Bojangles'. Everyone deserves it. We're going to keep fighting hard and hope that when the checkered flag is near on Saturday night, we're the ones contending for it. 

"Motor Mile is such a cool track. It's a short track with a lot of speed and where track position could be crucial. We're going to stay on our toes and just focus on doing what we do best, race."

In the race for the X-1R Pro Cup Series championship, Wilson continues to secure third in the standings, now just seven points behind second-place runner J.P. Morgan and 34 markers behind leader Caleb Holman. Saturday night's anticipated slugfest is the final race in regular season exhibition.

"We left some points on the track at Orange County, but we're still right there in the championship hunt," added Wilson, a native of Huntersville, North Carolina. "Motor Mile is the final race of the regular season, before the four championship races count. In my eyes, those are the races we have to be flawless. The pressure is building, that's for sure, so we just need to show that we can handle it like champions."

In addition to Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, Cheerwine serves as an associate marketing partner on the No. 66 entry. Veteran short track specialist Mike Herman Sr. will serve as the crew chief for the racer, who in 2012 at age 15, was dubbed as one of "NASCAR's future prospects to watch" by Motorsports Analytics.

The Food County 200 presented by KOMA Unwind is set for Saturday night, August 9 with a scheduled green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m.

For more on Reid Wilson, please visit ReidWilsonRacing.com or click on his Facebook page. 

Wilson tweets too. Follow him @reidwilson66.

CONTACT:

NAME: Rita Wilson 

PHONE: 704.892.3983

EMAIL: rita@reidwilsonracing.com

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Recover For Top-20 Finish At Pocono Raceway





Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Recover For Top-20 Finish At Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pennsylvania (August 4, 2014) - - A solid weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Mason Mingus was almost spoiled this past Saturday in the Pocono Mountains 150, but the team recovered to post a 17th place finish.

Mingus, a native of Brentwood, Tennessee had somewhat some big shoes to fill since his explosive performance at Eldora Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. While the finish didn't end as well as they had hoped, the effort was still something to build on for the Win-Tron Racing team.

And building on it was exactly what the freshman NCWTS truck team did in Long Pond. Throughout practice, Mingus worked diligently to get a good handle on their No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra. While Mother Nature attempted to thwart and deprive the teams of precious track time, the track remained dry allowing Mingus to post the 18th quickest lap in both practice sessions.

With a setup to lean on, the team was optimistic heading into knockout qualifying on race day. The team was able to post a fast enough lap where they wouldn't have any issues advancing to round two. However, in the second session, Mingus timed in 17th quickest overall, his second best performance of the season.

From the drop of the green flag, Mingus had patiently tried to maintain a solid spot inside the to-20, but during the early stages of the event, Mingus began to fall a few positions, while informing his team of what changes to make in order to climb back forward.

Approaching the halfway point, Mingus took the opportunity to bring his No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra to pit lane under green, but another truck collected Mingus in the left-rear, spinning him around and pointing in the opposite direction, ruining their pit stop. 

Because of the setback, the former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver found himself a lap down and hunting his competitors for the "Lucky Dog."

Thankfully, when Kyle Martel crashed in Turn 1 on Lap 48, the caution waived allowing Mingus to find himself back on the lead lap. Having to fight through the field from the tail-end of the longest line, Mingus positioned himself nicely in attack mode and began stalking his prey on the Lap 53 restart.

Mingus had to battle through two late cautions, ultimately sending the field into overtime, but Mingus soared to take the checkered flag in 17th place, earning his seventh top-20 run of the year.

"It wasn't the finish we wanted, but it was a decent come back after our incident on pit road," offered Mingus. "We made a lot of improvements this weekend that will directly translate to Michigan. It was also our first weekend with Greg (crew chief) on top of the pit box and he did a great job.

"We are heading in the right direction. Pocono is a very tough place to figure out and it took a lot of work by everyone, but by the end of the race, I thought we had a good, solid, stable truck."

Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his thoughts post-Pocono.

"It could have been a lot worse, but Mason and the team did a great job in the heat of a moment circumstance," said Thiesse. "We're exceptionally pleased with Mason's dedication and determination to bounce back, especially after what happened on pit road. We'll take this finish from Pocono and look ahead to Michigan with open arms."

Exiting Pocono, Mingus sits 12th in the championship standings, 58 markers from 10th place held by Jeb Burton. Mingus unofficially sits second in the Sunoco rookie of the year standings, behind current leader Ben Kennedy.

Learn about Call 811 Before You Dig and what it can do for you by connecting to call811.com.

For more on Mason Mingus, please visit MasonMingusRacing.com.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing or log on to Win-TronRacing.com.

Mingus tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @Mason_Mingus.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing (Win-TronRacing.com / @WinTronRacing) is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing, becoming a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing's inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2014, the team will begin its eighth year of competition with a full-time presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Mason Mingus, driver of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Win-Tron Racing.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Akinori Ogata Determined To Bounce Back At Iowa Speedway










Akinori Ogata Determined To Bounce Back At Iowa Speedway
NEWTON, Iowa (July 31, 2014) - - When Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) decided to start his own NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team this season, he knew that there would be highs and lows.
Unfortunately, for the driver of the No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, the season has been filled with more disappointments rather than triumphs. But, as the old saying always goes, there's always light at the end of the tunnel.
Ogata, 40, hopes to see some of the light in Friday night's Autolite Iridium XP 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race. For the second time this season, the two series will unite as one and roar under the Iowa Speedway lights.
With over 40 entries pre-entered for a field of 36 cars, Ogata knows the importance of finding the balance of his No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, but also getting ahead of the curve and being prepared to qualify his Akinori Performance entry on time.
"I'm anxious to get (back) to Iowa," said Ogata. "It's the place where I have the most experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, so I'm hoping that experience will prove to be beneficial this week. It's important race for us. I'm disappointed that we haven't been able to give our friends at ENEOS the finishes they deserve, but hopefully that will change this weekend."
Indeed, the 0.875-mile paved oval of Iowa Speedway is the track where Ogata has turned the most laps in his young NASCAR K&N Pro Series career. In three prior starts, he has a best finish of 20th last year. Furthermore, the Kanagawa, Japan native has been able to solidly earn a starting spot based on his qualification speed for all three events.
"Iowa is one of those place where I was able to catch onto the groove quickly," added Ogata. "We still have a lot to learn with our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, but I think my prior experience at Iowa without a doubt will pay dividends this week. You have to be able to carry your momentum at Iowa, but also have the car handling perfectly so you can get the correct arch you want in the corner so that you can carry your speed. It's a very technical place for a short track, but I love it!"
For Iowa, Steve Bird will take the reins of crew chief for the avid racer. Bird with a long-lasting and impressive resume in NASCAR races has attended the races with Akinori Performance this season, but worked alongside crew chief Dale Quarterly.
"I appreciate all the hard work that Dale (Quarterly) has poured into our program this season, but I'm equally thrilled to work with Steve this weekend," Ogata said. "Steve has been around our program a lot this season, back in the shop and on the road, so he knows what I'm looking for from our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry, but anyone that been around Steve also knows that he expects a lot from his driver. He's going to encourage me to drive harder and put our car on the edge, but I wouldn't expect anything less from that. Hopefully we can have a good run together Friday night and look towards our remaining race(s) this season." 
In addition to ENEOS and new co-partner KBD Group, WPC, MOONEYES and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the 12th race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products use advanced additive and base oil technology, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufactures. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles. 
"We would not be going to Iowa without ENEOS and all of our partners," remarked Ogata. "I know we haven't given ENEOS everything that they deserve, but we're going to push harder than we've ever had before and hopefully that mindset will push us to a season-best run."  
Ogata has 11 career NKNPSE starts to his credit. He made his debut in 2012 at Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park, the site of his career-best finish of 15th after starting 26th. He also produced a 16th-place effort at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last year.
The Autolite Iridium XP 150 is set for Friday night August 1 from "America's Place To Race."  The 150-lap (131.25-mile) feature is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. (local). The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date on Friday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.
For more on Akinori Ogata, please visit AkinoriOgata.com.
Ogata tweets too, follow him @AkinoriOgata. 
About ENEOS:
ENEOS is the corporate brand name of JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, the largest oil company in Japan.  ENEOS brand motor oil is developed to exceed the highest standards of the automotive industry.  ENEOS product ranges from motor oil that offers optimal performance protection under the most extreme temperature variations, to ecologically friendly motor oil that provides superior fuel saving capacity.  For more information please visit eneos.us.
PHOTO CAPTION: Akinori Ogata, driver of the No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) competition for Akinori Performance
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