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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fast speeds headline day two of Goodyear Tire Test at MIS

Fast speeds headline day two of Goodyear Tire Test at MIS

BROOKLYN, Mich. (April 9, 2014) – Blazing fast speeds continued at Michigan International Speedway on Wednesdayduring the second of a two-day tire test.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer said he went 217 mph during the morning session.
“That’s white-of-your-eyes-fast,” he added.
Bowyer, along with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman and Trevor Bayne are taking part in the second of a two-day Goodyear Tire test at the two-mile racetrack.
Earnhardt Jr. said he was hitting speeds between 212 to 215 mph in the straightaways and about 180 in the turns.
And while speed was the topic of the day, the drivers were at the track to test tires for Goodyear.
“This is one of our better tracks, and our fans will probably say the same,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Having the success here over the last four or five years has given us a lot of confidence when we come here, and I think that’s why Goodyear brings us to test.
“I enjoy racing here. It’s a fun track. The asphalt is really aging well and it’s just going to keep getting better and better over the next couple of years.”
Newman and Biffle agreed, adding the winter has aged the track, making the super-smooth surface less oily, and creating additional grooves.
“I think (Michigan) will be a good race; I really do,” Biffle said.
Though speeds on a racetrack are sexy, speedway President Roger Curtis said passing and fierce competition is what makes great racing.
“The drivers are posting 200 mph. That’s awesome. The fans get very, very excited about that. But at the end of the day,on Sunday when the green flag drops, the numbers ‘two zero zero’ they’re not anywhere in the fans’ minds. It’s lead changes, it’s the competition.”
The track was repaved in 2012, making for blazing fast speeds. Since then, the asphalt has aged but NASCAR has made significant changes to the cars, thus keeping speeds very fast.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway this summer for two weekends: Quicken Loans 400 weekend, June 13-15 and Pure Michigan 400 weekend, Aug. 15-17. For tickets and camping, visitwww.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010.

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PHOTO CUTLINE: NASCAR driver Greg Biffle prepares to take test runs as part of a two-day Goodyear Tire test at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Wednesday.
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NHMS Press Release Judges Announced for Speedway Star Competition

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
April 9, 2014

Judging Lineup Set for Speedway Star Singing Contest
Republic Nashville’s Cliff Blake joins legendary pit reporter Dick Berggren and WOKQ’s Karen Kiley on Speedway Star panel

Kristen Lestock
(603) 513-5708 / kcosta@nhms.com
Gavin Faretra
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Jerry Gappens, General Manager
*The above Speedway Star logo is available for download under the Events tab here.
LOUDON, N.H. - With the entry deadline quickly approaching, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today the judging panel for the fifth annual Speedway Star singing competition. A total of 10 contestants will be chosen and invited to take the stage inside the Mall of New Hampshire on Saturday, April 26 in front of local personalities and industry professionals, who will serve as judges for the event.
This year's judging lineup includes the return of Karen Kiley of "The Morning Waking Crew" radio show on WOKQ, which she co-hosts with Mark Ericson, who will once again serve as the Speedway Star emcee. Legendary NASCAR pit reporter Dick Berggren, who also serves as president of the future Northeast Motorsports Museum to be built on New Hampshire Motor Speedway grounds, also returns as a judge.
The newest judge will be Cliff Blake of Northeast/Midwest Regional Promotion Republic Nashville. Blake works with popular country music groups such as Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope and The Band Perry, which opened up the American Country Music Awards show on April 6.
"I can't wait to hear the ten best singers chosen for this years' competition," said Blake, who has also been an active announcer and volunteer with New Hampshire Public Television for the past 24 years. "What an honor for the best-of-the-best singer to get to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming NASCAR race."
Speedway officials will accept entries for the fifth annual singing contest until Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. Prospective contestants are asked to submit a DVD, CD, .wav file or .mp3 file of them singing "The Star Spangled Banner" a cappella style (without music or other accompaniments).
Last year, Whitney Doucet dazzled judges and spectators at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester. The 23-year-old native of Fitchburg, Mass., stood out from a cast of talented contestants to win the Speedway Star competition, and few months later was standing in front of enthusiastic NASCAR fans, singing the national anthem before the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"The Speedway Star competition was a great time," said Doucet. "To have the opportunity to sing in front of NASCAR fans, which are the most fun people to sing for, was such an amazing experience. If there were ever another opportunity for me to sing the national anthem at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Contestants will be competing for two spots to sing in front of thousands of fans at a NASCAR sanctioned event in July and September.
For more information and for rules and regulations or for an official entry form click on the following link www.nhms.com/speedwaystar.
The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is right around the corner. Purchase your tickets for the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13 or the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 21 by calling the track's ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.




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Friday, April 4, 2014

After Thrilling Start Reid Wilson Looks Ahead To Hickory Motor Speedway

After Thrilling Start Reid Wilson Looks

Ahead To Hickory Motor Speedway

HICKORY, North Carolina (April 4, 2014) - - An impressive third place outing for X-1R Pro Cup Series sophomore driver Reid Wilson (@reidwilson66) in the season-opening event at Southern National Motorsports Park (SNMP) two weeks ago leaves more to be desired, as the teenage rookie sensation heads to Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway for Saturday night's running of the Catawba Valley 250.

Aboard his No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet, the 17-year old and his Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) team adjusted their automobile throughout practice to net a sixth place qualifying run. From the drop of the green flag, Wilson cautiously worked his way through the field and found himself contending for the win, but as the second-year driver pointed out, he just didn't quite have enough to power past eventual winner Caleb Holman and second-place finisher Gus Dean, but did deliver his fourth career top-five in 11 races.

The effort was also a career best and his first podium in competition. Previously, the RWR team guided their pilot to a personal-best finish of fifth on three different occasions.

"Our No. 66 Bojangles' Chevrolet handled great all weekend in the practices and the race," said Wilson, a native of Huntersville, North Carolina. "Honestly, I think it came down to who had the most experience. Caleb (Holman) has a lot more races compared to my 11 Pro Cup, so I definitely expected him to be up on the wheel for the second half race. We might have been a little too conservative and my inexperience to run consistently fast lap times were our hindrance, but I learned a ton that will help us immensely moving forward.

"A third place finish is a great way for us to come out of the box and gives us the momentum to carry to Hickory."

Round two of the season this weekend takes the team back to the tight short track of Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where last year Wilson burst onto the X-1R Pro Cup Series scene in just his second race by claiming the pole. In doing so, the former INEX Legends car driver became the second-youngest pole sitter in Pro Cup Series history behind NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Joey Logano.

While mechanical troubles kept Wilson from seeing the checkered flag and a dejecting 14th place finish, he returns to the track this weekend not only dubbed as a pre-race favorite, but also eyeing some self-induced redemption.

"I like to consider Hickory my home track," offered Wilson, who turns 18 next month. "I grew up racing there. I know the track and I know how to race on it. No doubt the opportunity to race there twice last year with a Pro Cup car will be an added benefit this weekend.

"The team is really fired up for this weekend and all of us couldn't be more excited about what we hope is to come," he mentioned. "We all know the drill and what our jobs are, so I think we can focus on making our No. 66 Bojangles' Chevrolet go fast. Hickory is also the perfect place where we can show that speed. We feel like this could be our weekend to notch a win, anything less would obviously be a disappointment."

Even with the 2014 season just lifting off, Wilson and his team have already glared some early attention to points, knowing that each finish will be crucial towards their main goal of becoming series champion.

"We've made the early commitment that we're going to try and race the whole year, so even if it's not our day (to win), we're going to do whatever we can to finish as high as possible, because we're focused on the championship, which is ultimately the big picture," explained Wilson. "It would be a big deal for our guys and of course our sponsors. Without them, we would be sitting on the sidelines. If we can't find ourselves in the hunt on Saturday night for the win, we'll be after a top-five (finish) to keep our momentum chugging."

In addition to Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, Cheerwine will serve 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 was dubbed as one of "NASCAR's future prospects to watch" by Motorsports Analytics.

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

Wilson tweets too. Follow him @reidwilson66.


NAME: Rita Wilson 

PHONE: 704.892.3983

EMAIL: rita@reidwilsonracing.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mason Mingus Anxiously Awaits Martinsville Speedway Debut

Mason Mingus Anxiously Awaits Martinsville Speedway Debut

Mason Mingus Anxiously Awaits Martinsville Speedway Debut

MARTINSVILLE, Virginia (March 26, 2014) - - Sunoco Rookie of the Year contestant Mason Mingus' (@Mason_Mingus) lifelong dream of competing at the historic Martinsville (Va.) Speedway will come to fruition, as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) resumes action in Saturday's running of the Kroger 250.

Mingus, driver of the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra, is anxious for his arrival at the 0.526-mile paved oval for a number of reasons, but most importantly, the race presents an ample opportunity to put himself and his Mooresville, North Carolina-based Win-Tron Racing team back on track.

In the season-opening NCWTS race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last month, Mingus and his team had a strong run violently halted after being involved in a Lap 73 incident, while running in the top-10. While disappointed with a 28th-place finish, the team led by veteran crew chief Mark Rette, was encouraged by the performance.

To enhance their chances for a noteworthy performance this weekend at Martinsville, the team recently partook in a private test session, where Mingus was able to spend several hours learning the tight paperclip-like short track, but also continue to learn the characteristics of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series vehicle, as he prepares to make just his fifth career start on March 29.

"I'm really looking forward to Martinsville, as it has been near the top of my list of tracks I have wanted to race at for years and now I can't wait for the chance to actually make that happen," said 19-year old Mingus. "I gained a lot of confidence during the test and we made a lot of changes to my No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra, so I think we have a good truck to take back there this weekend.

"Martinsville is a tough place to drive, so we'll have to fine-tune our truck after practice on Friday. Qualifying up front will be important, as track position seems critical for success there. I'm still learning these trucks and of course, the track, but I'm hoping that my short track skills will come into play and help compensate."

While the Brentwood, Tennessee native quickly understands the fundamentals of short track racing, the key component to survival at Martinsville is brakes and Mingus knows he'll have to not only use patience, but brake conservation if he has any hopes of recording his first top-10 finish.

"Braking is the biggest obstacle at Martinsville and as a short track racer, I've always grown up being told to be easy on the brakes, especially in heavier cars like an ARCA car or a truck. But at Martinsville, you have to be very aggressive under braking, it's such a tough race track, because we carry so much speed down the straightaway and then to almost stop in the corners, you have to keep telling yourself to conserve, conserve, conserve.

Once I had a better understanding on finding my braking points during the test, I was able to see the brake temperatures when I came off the track improve and we started working on mechanical adjustments. Without a doubt, testing will be the contributor to our (hopeful) success. We're shooting for a top-10 finish. It will be tough, but we're a relentless team, who wants to show that we're going to be around contending all year."

Win-Tron Racing co-truck owner Nate Thiesse offered his thoughts on the impending round two event.

"After a brief break, we're ready to get back after it this weekend in Martinsville. I'm proud of the hard work from Mason, Mark (Rette, crew chief) and the rest of the Win-Tron Racing team for getting our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra ready for Saturday's race. We felt like the test was extremely productive and will be a benefit to us bringing home a positive finish."

Win-Tron Racing will utilize chassis No. 047 this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. It is a new truck in the fleet and the same piece that the Win-Tron Racing development driver tested with last week.

Entering Martinsville, Mingus sits 24th in the championship standings, 15 markers from 10th place held by Matt Crafton. Mingus sits third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, two points behind current leader Tyler Reddick.

The Kroger 250 is the second of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop shortly after 2:30 p.m.

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.

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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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Check Out Dirty Mo Radio

If your a serious race fan check out Dale Earnhart's radio show called Dirty Mo Radio. It's a great show and is really enjoyable.

There's a Monday morning race recap which describes some of the situations and events that the 88 went through during the race over the weekend, as well as some other drivers like Regan Smith and Chase Elliott.

The Dale Jr Download is pretty good too. It's pretty much a greater explanation of events that had gone on over the weekend. My favorite part is when the fans call in and heckle Dale; Tony Stewart even called in and threw a few shots in at Dale the other day, it was pretty funny stuff.

Check it out!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What Happened With The Caution Lights At Bristol

If you watched Sunday's race at Bristol, with two laps remaining in the race the caution lights came on at the speedway. There wasn't an accident or any debris on the track, so it left everyone scratching their head as to what the heck happened.

While all of this was going on NASCAR was trying to figure out the field under caution, and while that was going on mother nature decide to toss in another wrench, and it started to downpour. Once it started to rain, the race was called and ended under caution.

So why did the caution lights illuminate on the track in the first place? Well after some investigation, it has been determined that someone in the flag stand accidentally leaned on a manual override switch which triggered the lights, it was human error plain-and-simple.


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DANBURY, Conn. (March 18, 2014) - STP®, one of the most recognized brands in motorsports history, has begun its 60th anniversary celebration as it prepares for the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 30th at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
"Motorsports has been such an integral part of the STP® brand and its success that we wanted to share our celebration with the racing community," said Jamie Kistner, STP® brand manager. "This is our second year hosting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Martinsville, but this year we're doing it bigger and with more gusto. This race season is all about a celebration and there's no better time to start than with the STP 500 at Martinsville."

STP has partnered with Martinsville, NASCAR's most historic track, to offer fans a 60thanniversary ticket package available through Sunday, March 23rd. The $60 anniversary ticket package includes a ticket for seating in the Richard Petty Tower and a Pre-Race Track Pass allowing fans to walk along the frontstretch, view the starting grid and sign the start/finish line. STP's 60th Anniversary tickets can be purchased here.

Fans can also register through April 28th for a chance to win a custom, one-of-a-kind 2014 Mustang in the STP 0 to 60 Petty Mustang Giveaway Sweepstakes atwww.facebook.com/STP. The Mustang, signed by NASCAR's winningest driver, Richard Petty, will be on display throughout the race weekend at the STP display in Martinsville Speedway's fan zone and will also pace several laps around the track prior to Sunday'srace.

The celebration continues throughout the STP 500 race weekend, allowing fans to join in the festivities:
  • Martinsville Speedway will rename its iconic loaded hot dog during the STP 500 race weekend. Fans can get their Martinsville hot dog "STP Style," with all the additives - slaw, chili, mustard and onions.
  • On race day, the STP® Ultra 5-in-1 Pit Stop will be unveiled at the speedway's main entrance off of Highway 220 and adjacent to the Martinsville Speedway digital sign. From 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. ET, the STP Ultra 5-in-1 Pit Stop will reward select fans entering the track with a vehicle upgrade, as well as a complete race day experience upgrade! Cars that are selected to enter the pit stop will receive a five-point inspection, including the addition of STP® Ultra 5-in-1, the brand's newest and most advanced formula to date.
  • STP will offer a special gift for race fans also celebrating their 60th birthday in 2014. Fans who visit the STP display at Martinsville Speedway on race day will receive their birthday souvenir.
The celebration will last throughout the 2014 race season on STP's Facebook page and on @STPRacing on Twitter, with prizes, photo galleries, videos, question and answer sessions and more.

For more information about STP's 60th anniversary celebration, the STP Petty 0 to 60 Ford Mustang Giveaway Sweepstakes, STP® products and the brand's storied history in motorsports, visit www.STP.com.  
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Armored AutoGroup Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Conn., is primarily comprised of theArmor All®STP® and Tuff Stuff® brands. The current Armor All product line of protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products and car washes are designed to clean, shine and protect interior and exterior automobile surfaces. The STP product line of fuel and oil additives, functional fluids and automotive appearance products have a broad customer base ranging from professional racers to car enthusiasts and "Do-it-Yourselfers". Tuff Stuff cleaning products are formulated to tackle the toughest jobs.

Armored AutoGroup has a diversified geographic footprint with direct operations in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. and distributor relationships in approximately 50 countries.
About STP Petty 0 to 60 Ford Mustang Giveaway Sweepstakes:
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Akinori Ogata Opens K&N Pro Series East Season At Bristol Motor Speedway





Akinori Ogata Opens K&N Pro Series East Season

At Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tennessee (March 13, 2014) - - Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) will open up his 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) season by attempting to qualify for Saturday's PittLite 125 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Ogata, 40, is optimistic about making his NASCAR debut at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile", but the Kanagawa, Japan native is leaning on organizational changes he's made during the off-season to pay off in his first race of a limited K&N Pro Series East schedule this season.

"We've worked extremely hard to get to Bristol, so I'm hoping for a good result," said Ogata, who resides in Troutman, North Carolina. "Without hesitation, Bristol will be one of the biggest challenges of my career, but I believe with hard work and utilizing the practices to our advantage, our chances look good for Saturday."

ENEOS motor oil will return as the primary marketing partner of Ogata's No. 56 Toyota Camry this weekend. ENEOS Motor Oil provides a line of engine and transmission fluid with both performance eco-friendliness in mind. With their racing heritage and OE pedigree, ENEOS motor oil is redefining the meaning of synthetics.

To assist in his official launch of Akinori Performance, the former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitor has turned to Tracy Norman to lead his team's efforts.

"I've been very grateful to have a lot of support in my transition to NASCAR, but with Tracy's leadership, guidance and confidence in me, I feel like he has guided this team in the right direction of having a respectable in our No. 56 run."

In addition to ENEOS, WPC, WINMAX and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the third race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

Ogata has nine 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 PittLite 125 is set for Saturday, March 15 from the "World's Fastest Half Mile." The 125-lap feature will commence shortly after 4:45 p.m. upon the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Drive To Stop Diabetes 300. The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date of Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern).

For more on Akinori Ogata, please visit AkinoriOgata.com.

Ogata tweets too, follow him @AkinoriOgata. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Akinori Ogata, driver of the No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) competition for Akinori Performance. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt for Getty Images).


Monday, March 10, 2014

The 88 Hiccups On Fuel Strategy and Brad Keselowski Wins At Vegas

Three races into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with Dale Jr. behind the wheel, the 88 team has nailed down a win and two second place finishes so far this year.

Crew chief Steve Letarte decided roll the dice and gamble on a lap 222 pit stop by not taking fuel. They decided to stay committed to a fuel mileage strategy and stayed out going for track position.

 It was a risky gamble but also a gamble the won the 88 team a Daytona 500 win, they were three laps short on gas near the end of that race, but because of the way the late race cautions fell, they had more than enough fuel to make it to the end with some to spare.

Coming out of turn two, on the last lap of Sunday's Kobalt 400, the Mountain Dew sponsored Chevrolet driven by Dale Jr. started to sputter, which allowed Brad Keselowski to gain ground, and drive his Miller Lite Ford Fusion right past the 88 and onto victory lane.

Photo Credit: http://www.lvms.com/

Monday, March 3, 2014

Kevin Harvick Was Freaky Fast in Phoenix!

Kevin Harvick had a solid run yesterday as he drove the Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy to victory lane during the final laps of "The Profit on CNBC 500".
The quarter panels on his Jimmy John's sponsored Chevrolet SS read "Freaky Fast!" as he led the field around the oval at a blistering rate.

Joey Logano also made a late race charge in an attempt to run Harvick down, but he just didn't have enough to get by Junior.

 The two even touched at one point as Logano tried to make a pass at the bottom of the track, when Logano's nose touched the quarter panel of the 88.

Dale Jr. brought home a second place finish, but still wasn't fast enough to catch the rear bumper Kevin Harvick, so in "Talladega Nights" terms, he brought home silver.

Photo Credit. Kevin Harvick's Facebook Page.

Mason Mingus Discusses Safety of New Truck; Focuses on Martinsville

Mason Mingus Discusses Safety of New Truck;
Focuses on Martinsville

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (March 3, 2014) - - Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Mason Mingus didn’t get the start he wanted in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 21, but a vicious Lap 73 incident has the Win-Tron Racing driver counting more than just his blessings.

Teams went through a massive facelift during the off-season, with the newly redesigned truck bodies matching the look of their respective showroom counterparts. The adjustments, however, also came with a tweak in the rules package with a focal point on safety.

It’s because of that target that the Brentwood, Tennessee native walked away from a brutal and nearly head-on collision, as if nothing ever occurred.

“I am really disappointed with the outcome of our Daytona run, but I am extremely thankful to the work that NASCAR and Toyota have put into developing such a safe truck. The wreck was the hardest crash of my entire racing career and it completely destroyed our brand new truck, but all the safety components worked magnificently and it’s because of that, I’ll be able to race in Martinsville next month.

“Even though I wasn’t feeling sore or anything after the wreck, I thought for sure the next day would be rough as far as my body was concerned, but I woke up feeling the same I did the morning of the race. That says a lot to not only NASCAR, but the track and of course, the SAFER barrier walls for doing its job. I really expected to have a headache too, but I was running at 100 percent on Saturday and haven’t slowed down since.

“I feel without Dan Griswold and his staff at NASCAR initiative to keep the truck(s) as safe as possible, not to mention my Simpson Racing belts and Butler seat – things could have turned out a lot different.”

Though Mingus, 19, walked away from the “big one” at Daytona without injury or much less a side-effect, the Win-Tron Racing development driver has taken an active role to making sure that safety remains a number one priority in his first full season of NCWTS racing.

“We’re going to go from one of the biggest tracks on the circuit to one of the smallest places in Martinsville next month and believe me, everyone at Win-Tron Racing is making sure that our new Toyota Tundra's are fit all the way around,” Mingus explained. “I’ve watched races there in the past and I know you can hit pretty hard there too. I want to be around from start to finish this season and I realize if we have the safest trucks possible, I can concentrate my sole effort on putting our No. 35 Toyota Tundra up front.”

“Safety is our number priority one next to winning at Win-Tron Racing,” said crew chief Mark Rette. “We take great pride in knowing that our trucks meet the standards of NASCAR, but our own safety checklist on a week-in and week-out basis. It’s disappointing that our truck is junk, but it’s a credit to everyone on our team, plus Toyota and NASCAR for making sure that these trucks are as safe as possible and Mason will be ready to go for Martinsville. We’ll have something to prove there, guaranteed.”

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

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

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 MadVapes / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Win-Tron Racing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


NAME: Chris Knight (@Knighter01) 
PHONE: 704.775.2273

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