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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Codie Rohrbaugh Readies New Hampshire Motor Speedway Debut






Codie Rohrbaugh Readies New Hampshire Motor Speedway Debut
LONDON, New Hampshire (July 9, 2014) - - NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie Codie Rohrbaugh (pronounced row-ball) was perfectly fine with flying under the radar in his series debut at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway last month.
This week, however, Rohrbaugh, the driver of the No. 05 Grant County Mulch Toyota Camry looks to capitalize on his 13th place finish in the Pensacola 150 with a top-10 run in Friday evening's Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).
While the Petersburg, West Virginia native has never been to the flat 1.058-mile oval, he hopes the momentum he gained in the sunshine state will carry over to his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series start.
"I'm heading to New Hampshire this week, just as optimistic as I was going to Five Flags," said Rohrbaugh. "These K&N cars a lot different than anything else I've driven before, but I felt like as the race went on at Five Flags the more comfortable I became. Hopefully that will continue this week."
Unlike his most recent race, where the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was the main attraction, Rohrbaugh's event will be jammed packed into a star-studded day, which will consist of action for two of NASCAR's national series and more at the historic racetrack.
"I know I have a lot to learn at New Hampshire, so in a way I'm glad that there is a lot going on because I'll have some time to go somewhere and watch," he said. "I don't have many NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events on my schedule this year, so any opportunity I can take advantage of and learn, I need to do so. Hopefully, it will help from inside the racecar." 
So, just how determined is the vibrant 20-year old in succeeding in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East?  A lot.
Instead of participating in the X-1R Pro Cup Series event at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina on Friday night, Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing team have steered their transporter north, hoping that their decision will pay off in the long-run.
Currently, Rohrbaugh leads the rookie of the year standings in that division and sits fifth in the championship standings, but he's okay with the decision to allow the competition to catch-up and likely drop from his fifth place in the championship rundown.
"We thought about it long and hard," Rohrbaugh sounded. "We love the X-1R Pro Cup Series. It's full of good people with classic short track racing, but NASCAR is my future. It's where I want to be. We need to get ahead of the (learning) curve in any way possible, so sometimes sacrifices have to be made. We made that with opting out of racing at Tri-County on Friday night.
"If we can load up from New Hampshire with our No. 05 Grant County Mulch Toyota Camry in one piece and a solid finish, I'll be stoked."
Further details on the remainder of the team's NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule will be announced following NHMS.
The Granite State 100 is set for Friday, July 11 from "The Magic Mile." The 100-lap (105.8-mile) feature is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date on Sunday, July 20 at 12:00 p.m. All times Eastern.
For more on Codie Rohrbaugh, please visit CodieRohrbaugh.com.

NASCAR Next’s Dylan Lupton Takes Momentum To Idaho




NASCAR Next's Dylan Lupton Takes Momentum To Idaho
POST FALLS, Idaho (July 9, 2014) - - With all due respect, NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) has a reason to boast about his 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (#KNWEST) season.
But, for this quiet, focused and determined young man, six consecutive top-10 finishes this season isn't enough. Despite four top-fives, which includes a second-place finish in Bakersfield, California, Lupton has never been hungrier for a win.
He hopes to satisfy his appetite on Saturday night in the running of the Napa Auto Parts 150.
On the heels of a stout third place performance last month in his backyard at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, Lupton has continued to earn recognition for his consistency behind the wheel of the No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion, but Lupton will be the first to tell you, there's still work to be done.
"I'm looking really forward to getting back in the racecar after that last few weekends off," offered Lupton, the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West rookie of the year.  "After what I thought was a great showing at Sonoma, I am ready to get back to the track and battle for a win. We have been fast all year long and have shown the speed to get to victory lane, so I believe we have a great shot of ending up there after the race on Saturday night."
For the first time in nearly three decades, the tour returns to Stateline Speedway in Idaho. While Lupton has never been to the track, he knows that most, if not all of his competition hasn't either. He's hoping that some extra ammunition to propel his Sunrise Ford Racing team to victory lane.
"It's very cool to go back to a place of old, but in this case for me, something new," Lupton added. "I'll be honest, I don't know much about the track, but I'm not worried. "We've had good cars all season long and I know my team has been working hard to make sure we'll be in good shape when we hit the track.
"I keep telling myself that this could be the weekend I get to take our No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion back to victory lane, but I know it won't come easy. There's a lot of great competitors who want to win just as bad as I do. It's our job to make sure we do the best we can to be in contention at the end."
With six races down and eight to go, The Sunrise Ford Racing driver controls second in the championship standings, 21 points behind veteran and points leader Greg Pursley. With his run at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, Lupton advanced one position surpassing David Mayhew, but unfortunately lost a point on Pursley.
"It's never too early to start thinking about points, but I believe if we want to start gaining some back on Pursley, we are going to have to straight up beat him for the win," Lupton sounded. "I have watched a couple of YouTube videos of the track and I think it will fit well with my driving style. We work really hard and there's still a long ways to go in the season, but we have to be strategic to make sure we stay in this championship battle."
Following racing on Saturday night, Lupton will make a cross-country trip to Mooresville, North Carolina next week to participate in a NASCAR Next media availability at the vastly popular GoPro Motorplex on Wednesday, July 16.
"I'm looking forward to next week," he mentioned. "I'm extremely grateful to be a part of the NASCAR Next program and the opportunity to meet with the media, and also have a little fun with them on the go-kart track. Of course, it will be great to be around the other NASCAR Next members too."
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 at Sonoma.
Entering Stateline, Lupton has 24 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 eight top-fives and 18 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 once for six laps.
The Napa Auto Parts 150 is set for Saturday, July 12. The 150-lap feature will commence shortly after 9:00 p.m. Pacific. This weekend will mark the series' first visit to the track since 1985.  It is the seventh of 14 events on the 2014 schedule. 
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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Back On Track; Reid Wilson Sets Sight On Tri-County Speedway




Back On Track; Reid Wilson Sets Sight On Tri-County Speedway
HUDSON, North Carolina (July 9, 2014) - - Steering his Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) ship back on course with a top-five performance at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway last month, Reid Wilson (@reidwison66) heads to Tri-County Speedway this week planning to keep it afloat.
Friday night's running of the Precision Printed Products 250 presented by Caldwell Community College & 92.1 The Big Dawg will be a whole new experience for Wilson. An experience though he hopes to embrace.
Despite his 15 starts in the X-1R Pro Cup Series, Wilson has never made a start at the 0.4-mile paved oval, but the rising star isn't worried. And why should he be?
With the guidance of short track specialist and crew chief Mike Herman Sr., the teenager enters this weekend's race with confidence knowing that "Pops" as he's known in the garage has plenty of experience at the tight and treacherous short track. Wilson hopes that experience will pay dividends and put him contention for his first X-1R Pro Cup Series win.
"I have to feel the track out on Friday, but I'm optimistic that it will be a strong night for our No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet," said Wilson. "I haven't been to Tri-County, but "Pops" has, so there's no doubt in my mind that we can go out there and have a strong night and see if this isn't the weekend where we put ourselves in victory lane.
"It's important though not to be over confident. The fields have been extremely tight this season and the competition has never been fiercer. The key to our success I think at Tri-County will be being able to compensate for the track's changing conditions. If we do that, I think we'll be in good shape."
The 18-year old in his first full season of X-1R Pro Cup Series competition rocketed off to a strong start to the year, but unlucky breaks at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway, and the Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway attempted to send the team into a funk, but to no avail. Even the most recent race at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway tried to keep the team submerged, but  sheer perseverance of Wilson and his team meant they were able to overcome the setback of a flat tire to score their third top-five run of the season.
"We were fast at Myrtle Beach," the Huntersville, North Carolina native sounded. "Our No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet was fast from the moment we unloaded, but unfortunately during the race we had a flat tire, which put us a lap down. Thankfully, we were able to get our lap back before the halfway mark and had to play catch driving from the back of the field. It could have been a lot worse. We're poised to raise our posture once again."
Following the race on Friday night, Reid, the N.C. ambassador for Alive at 25 will make an appearance with his No. 66 Bojangles' Chevrolet Impala newly launch SafeTEEN Driving Academy, operated by the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina (http://www.safetync.org/drivingacademy/).
Before his duties at the track on Friday, Wilson will help Bojangles' celebrate the opening of their 600th restaurant on Wednesday, July 9 in Charlotte. Wilson will make an appearance for autographs, while the team's No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet will be on display.
"It's a busy week for sure, but I love it," said Wilson. "It's been a good summer so far with all of the off-track activities, but I'm looking forward to getting back to the track. We're gaining some ground back in the championship standings, so we just need to stay upbeat and focused and the rest should work itself out."
Speaking of the championship standings, Wilson now sits third, three points behind second-place runner J.P. Morgan and 29 markers being leader Caleb Holman.
"I have a feeling that the championship battle is going to come down to the last race of the season," Wilson sounded. "We can't predict what's going to happen on the track, but if we just keep giving our all, we should be able to keep cutting the deficit and maybe, just maybe we can surprise them all."
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 Precision Printed Products 250 presented by Caldwell Community College & 92.1 The Big Dawg is set for Friday, July 11 with a scheduled green flag shortly after 8:00 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, July 4, 2014

Carlos Contreras Rejoins Rick Ware Racing For Daytona









Carlos Contreras Rejoins Rick Ware Racing For Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (July 1, 2014) - - Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that Carlos Contreras, the first NASCAR Mexican-born driver will rejoin the team for Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.   

Contreras who is poised to make his 100th career NASCAR national series start later this season with Rick Ware Racing, will receive plenty of support in his return to the 2.5-mile superspeedway.   
RaceTrac will adorn the hood of the No. 87 Chevrolet Camaro as the primary marketing partner in the third and final restrictor plate race of the season. 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. Additionally, Contreras will garner support from new sponsor, Tacolist.com, the Hispanic version of Craigslist for the United States and Mexico.
"I'm looking forward to Daytona this weekend," said Contreras, who made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 1999 at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway. "This is a great opportunity for me and Rick Ware Racing to have a strong finish under the lights on the Fourth of July for our sponsors, RaceTrac Convenience Stores, 38 Special, Voli Vodka, Global Aircraft Solutions and Tacolist.com.  It's going to be an experience I will never forget!"
"RaceTrac is proud to partner with Rick Ware Racing, and to support driver Carlos Contreras at the Daytona Nationwide race on July 4th," said RaceTrac spokesperson Ashleigh Collins. "At RaceTrac, we live for fun every day, so partnering with the No. 87 RaceTrac Chevrolet Camaro is a perfect way to deliver on that promise."
Contreras's monumental moment this weekend from the "World Center of Racing" will also come with a special message. With the support of Tacolist.com, he will also encourage other race fans to join him in his pledge not to "text and drive."
"It's so easy to get distracted texting and driving," Contreras added. "But, at what cost?  It's important to know the consequences of texting and driving and I just hope race fans will join me in being responsible when it comes to the road."
Car owner Rick Ware is looking forward to being a part of Contreras' trip to Daytona.
"We are excited about having Carlos back in time for Daytona, one of my favorite tracks," Ware said. "I'm looking forward to having a great finish with him, RaceTrac and all of our RWR partners."
In addition to RaceTrac and Tacolist.com, 38 Special, Voli, Lilly Trucking and Global Aircraft will serve as associate marketing partners for the 16th Nationwide Series race of the year, Contreras's 94th NASCAR National series start.
Following Daytona, Contreras is schedule to pilot a Rick Ware Racing car at New Hampshire Motors Speedway, Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the 2014 season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November.
The Subway Firecracker 250 is set for Friday, July 4, 2014, otherwise known as Independence Day. The second NNS race from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this season is scheduled to air live on ESPN 2, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) 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 FacebookTwitterWeb and LinkedIn.

ABOUT TACOLIST.COM:

 

Created by a Mexican immigrant with no funding or venture capital and only a dream to create an online classified site for the Latino community, Tacolist.com now celebrates their 5th anniversary with more than one million visitors per year.  Launched in Mexico in 2009, Tacolist is being accepted as Mexico's version of craigslist. Now the effort is to build its popularity here in the United States.

 

As the 'Poncho Villa of the internet', founder Rafael Barragan's vision is for Tacolist to empower & unite the Latino population. Through Tacolist free Latino classifieds the community can exchange information, products or services benefiting both individuals & businesses within this specialized market place. In short, Tacolist is a classified revolution built by Latinos for Latinos.

 

Through grassroots marketing & community involvement, Tacolist doubled its user base in 2013. Committed to serving Latinos, they will continue to push forward in the classified battle ground, spreading the word in the USA & expanding.

 

For more information, visit Tacolist.com.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Carlos Contreras, driver of the No. 87 RaceTrac / Tacolist.com Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge / Getty Images)


MEDIA CONTACT:
Lisa Ware, Rick Ware Racing

Friday, June 27, 2014

Reid Wilson And Co. Focused On Myrtle Beach




Reid Wilson And Co. Focused On Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (June 25, 2014) - - Undoubtedly, the last two X-1R Pro Cup Series races have not gone as planned for Reid Wilson (@reidwilson66) and his Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) team, but Saturday night's Dean Custom Air 250 presented by Carrier and Sports Radio 100.3 offers the perfect opportunity for flawless rebound at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway.
A piece of debris destroyed the right-front tire and sway bar for the team at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway, resulting in an eighth-place finish in late April. In the most recent event at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway, Wilson and his team were fastest in practice in their No. 66 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Chevrolet by nearly four-tenths over their next competitor.
Unfortunately, their stout run in practice would prove to be the highlight of their weekend. During qualifying, Wilson began to experience mechanical gremlins, which resulted in a seventh-place starting position. The team's participation in the New River Valley 250 would be short-lived as the rear-end broke on his No. 66 Bojangles' Chevrolet after just 10 laps resulting in a disappointing ninth-place finish.
Despite the recent string of bad luck, Wilson and his group have been encouraged by the performance of their family-owned organization. While the finishes are not what the team had hoped, the speed in their No. 66 Bojangles' entry has kept them on the radar, which has kept the attitude of the team surging and remaining positive marching on.
"Our luck hasn't been that great lately, but we just have to keep digging," said Wilson. "I'm really proud of this team, because despite the adversity, we've been able to stay focused and driven and (we hope) that could spell bad news for the rest of the competition this weekend in Myrtle Beach."
And a trip to Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway may be exactly what the doctor ordered for the 18-year old. Last year, Wilson made his X-1R Pro Cup Series debut at the 0.538-mile semi-banked oval and quickly learned the 'dos and don'ts' of the historic racetrack.
After qualifying fifth, Wilson accelerated his raw-natural talent with a charge towards the front, but with that talent, also came a lesson. Wilson quickly realized that tire conservation would be key to success. After fading and losing a lap to the leaders, because of his mismanagement of tires, Wilson rebounded nicely with a fifth place lead-lap effort. He also earned the award of being the highest finishing rookie in the 250-lap event.
Fast forward 12 months later, the Huntersville, North Carolina native knows what to expect and hopes it will be enough to earn his first career X-1R Pro Cup Series victory.
"Last year was my first race at Myrtle Beach, and for most of the race I looked like I was on ice from burning up my tires early," Wilson explained. "I've learned a lot about tire management since that time and we've had better races and finishes. However, we're now racing on American Racer tires, so I'm going to have to figure out how far I push these tires and be there when it's go time."
Not only would his first-career victory Saturday night be a welcomed reversal of fortune, but the RWR team is also focused on climbing themselves back into the championship picture. Entering the fifth race of the season, Wilson sits fourth in points, one point behind third place competitor Brady Boswell and 26 points behind leader Caleb Holman.
"We came out of the gate strong to start the season with two top-three finishes," Wilson sounded. "The last two races we've rolled off the trailer fast, but had issues early in the races that were out of our control and resulted in bad finishes. My team and I are really pumped for this race. Pop (Mike) Herman Sr. will once again bring a fast and ready car to the track and it will be my job to get it done. A great run at Myrtle Beach will put us right back in the championship hunt."
Before activities Saturday at the track, Wilson will make a stop at Buffalo Wild Wings in Myrtle Beach on Friday, June 27 for a pre-race gala from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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 Dean Custom Air 250 presented by Carrier and Sports Radio 100.3 is set for Saturday, June 28 with a scheduled green flag after 7:30 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 Hope To Avoid ‘The Blues’ In Kentucky













Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Hope To Avoid
'The Blues' In Kentucky
SPARTA, Kentucky (June 23, 2014) - - On the heels of their second best outing of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Mason Mingus and his Win-Tron Racing team head to Kentucky Speedway for Thursday night's UNOH 225 hoping to produce their second top-10 run of the season.
Through the race's first seven events, The Mooresville, North Carolina-based team has shown strength through adversity. However, a series of misfortunes has led the team through a turbulent path of inconsistency, a statistic that the Mark Rette-led group vows to change.
Two weeks ago, Mingus in his No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra, had patiently raced his way inside the top-10 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsport Park, but a miscue during the final pit stop forced an intense rally to deliver a 12th place finish, only bettered by a 10th-place outing at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month.
Charging ahead, Mingus, unlike Gateway or Texas, heads to familiar turf for a mid-week brawl on the 1.5-mile track of Kentucky Speedway. The freshman team is determined to carry the momentum from the Drivin' for Linemen 200 and apply it Thursday night.
Mingus became acquainted with Kentucky Speedway, nestled in Sparta, Kentucky during his standout ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season last year. After qualifying 10th, Mingus muscled his No. 32 Toyota Camry to a ninth-place finish helping secure his runner-up performance in the championship standings in his first and only full-season.
Knowing the drastic differences between an ARCA car and a NASCAR truck, the 19-year old rising star still believes that there are tactics that he can utilize this week that will give his Win-Tron Racing team the opportunity to have a stellar run.
"I'm excited for Kentucky," said Mingus, a Sunoco rookie of the year candidate. "We are coming off a decent finish at Gateway and I think we can carry (the progress) over to Kentucky and try to start stringing a few good finishes together.
"Kentucky was one of my favorite intermediate tracks that we went to last year in ARCA and I'm looking forward to going back there in a truck. I believe the experience I had in the ARCA car will pay off. Even though the cars are so different from the trucks, any seat time that you can get at a track helps. It's always been a big help for me to go back to a track that I've been before."
While experience is helpful for the Brentwood, Tennessee native and his team, the word "motivation" also comes heavily into play this week.
With the team's best finish of the year occurring at a track in identical size, Mingus will have a huge cheering section on-hand as well at Kentucky, so the emphasis to do well is also important for the former wrestling champion.
"Although I have only been to Kentucky (Speedway) once, it's like a home track for me, because I was born in Kentucky and all of my family will be out to watch this race," Mingus added. "We'll also have a big representation for this race from 811, so the support will not be in short demand at all. Kentucky is a very rough track, possibly the roughest mile and a half track we go to. For me, I tend to like the rougher race tracks, so I'm hoping that will play into our hands and we can get everyone there to support us to a strong finish in our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra."
Nate Thiesse, co-truck owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his insights on this weekend's activities.
"We have high hopes for Kentucky," he said. "I feel we're starting to get into a rhythm as we approach the heart of the summer stretch of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tour and you'll start seeing some great things from Mason (Mingus) and our Win-Tron Racing team. Mason's pretty confident for Thursday night's race, so we hope to have a good showing in our No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra for his guests and everyone at 811."
Mingus's No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra is chassis No. 47. This particular vehicle will make its fourth appearance in 2014 at Kentucky. Mingus drove it at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and most recently at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park on June 14.
Entering Kentucky, Mingus sits 13th in the championship standings, 47 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 UNOH 225 is the eighth of 22 races on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 on Thursday night, June 26 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to drop shortly after 8:00 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 onto 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 II: The No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driven by Mason Mingus for Win-Tron Racing.
PHOTO CAPTION II: 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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Sonoma Never More Important For NASCAR Next Driver Dylan Lupton





Sonoma Never More Important For NASCAR Next Driver Dylan Lupton
SONOMA, California (June 19, 2014) - - NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) is familiar with pressure. After all, he is a racecar driver.
However, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (#KNWEST) tour heads to Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway for Saturday's Carneros 200, Lupton is driven to keep his stellar season on-track in his own backyard.
The Wilton, California native grew up approximately 86 miles west of the 1.99-mile road course and is poised to make his second-start at the 12-turn race track. While finishing eighth last year in a 35-car field deserves some accolades, Lupton is seeking his sixth straight top-10 finish of the year, but more importantly seek his second career K&N West Series victory.
"I'm very excited for this weekend of racing at Sonoma," said Lupton. "I started my racing career in go-karts at Sonoma on the top of the hill at the kart track, so I consider this my home track. I feel very comfortable on road courses, so I look forward to getting on the track in front of all my friends, family and hopeful future marketing partners that are coming out to the track."
Victory Lane is something that Lupton, driver of the No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion is inching closer towards again. In the most recent race at Kern County (Calif.) Raceway Park, Lupton continued to elevate an already consistent season with a season-best runner-up performance. While finishing second was disappointing, it did give the Californian continued momentum heading into the sixth race of the season.
"The Sunrise Ford Racing team has been working extremely hard to make sure that we are well prepared coming into this weekend," offered 20-year old Lupton. "We did a little bit of testing out at Buttonwillow (Raceway Park) a few weeks ago and I have acquired some laps in a super late model at Sonoma, plus I was just in a kart earlier this week getting in hundreds of laps to "fine tune" my road course sills before this weekend, so I think I'm ready."
While Lupton is driven to staying clear to his agenda on the racetrack, he's spent some time off the track focused on a different initiative. On Wednesday afternoon, he met with the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley using high level professional motorsports as a tool to reach thousands of students across the nation with a message.
"My "Stay in School / STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative" program means a lot to me," the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West rookie of the year said. "I am not only a race car driver, but also a full-time student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My goal is to push students to work hard in school and pursue higher education after high school, while also getting them interested in NASCAR and out to the racetrack. My main message to the students is, "Education is key to success, no matter where your dreams take you."
On Saturday though, Lupton hopes to deliver his own message in front of NASCAR's top-tier owners and teams.
"Being a member of the NASCAR Next program, I feel like this is my weekend to shine in front of the top-tier teams and owners," Lupton sounded. "There are five Cup drivers that are racing in the K&N race, so getting a win against them would be a really good showing of my talent. Plus, we're still in this hunt for the championship, so a good day on Saturday would be important in more ways than one.
"This season has been great so far with three top fives and five top-10s in the first five races. Last time out, we were battling for the win and ended up bringing the No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford to a second-place finish. We have the speed to win, especially on a road course, so I'm counting down the days to get on the race track."
With five races down and nine to go, The Sunrise Ford Racing driver controls third in the championship standings, just two points behind second-place competitor David Mayhew and 20 behind veteran and points leader Greg Pursley.
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 at Sonoma.
Entering Sonoma, Lupton has 23 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 seven top-fives and 17 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 once for six laps.
The Carneros 200 is set for Saturday, June 21 from The Golden State. The 64-lap feature will commence shortly after 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The #Carneros200 is the sixth race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. This weekend will mark the series' 34th visit to the track since 1969.  It is the sixth of 14 events on the 2014 schedule. 
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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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Akinori Ogata Sets Sights On Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway












Akinori Ogata Sets Sights On Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway
PENSOCOLA, Florida (June 12, 2014) - - Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) heads to the historic Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway this week for the running of the Pensacola 150 in search of a solid performance under the lights in his No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry.
Ogata, 40, made his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) start of the season in April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. After qualifying into the 37-car starting field, Ogata's respectable run was halted by a mid-race incident.
Since then, Ogata and his Akinori Performance team have rebuilt their chassis and head south this week from North Carolina with an optimistic outlook and approach.
"We made some progress at Richmond, but unfortunately, our day didn't end well," said Ogata. "We've took our time putting the car back together so we could go to Five Flags this weekend and be competitive with our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry."
With 10 NKPSE starts to his credit, Ogata hopes his 11th career start and first in Pensacola will attract a positive run that will lift his team with some momentum into a summer stretch of racing.
"I've never been to Five Flags, but that doesn't really concern me," Ogata mentioned. "It's about having a good car and team behind you. We'll work on our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry during practice and hope to make it better for qualifying and the race. Even though I've never been to the track, my approach is similar to any other short track race, race hard and avoid trouble.
"The more laps I turned at Richmond, the better we were as a team. I know the tracks are totally different, but from my standpoint, you take a lot of that knowledge about how far you can push the car, yourself and try to apply it to the next race. Everyone at ENEOS, not to mention all of our sponsors deserve a good showing, so we're going to (try) give 110 percent."
While his approach is realistic, the Kanagawa, Japan native knows that he'll need to rely on his crew led by veteran racer Dale Quarterly in order to help make it a reality.
"Richmond was our first race together and I thought it went good," sounded Ogata. "We worked on our communication and the changes he made to our No. 56 ENEOS Toyota Camry responded with our lap times on the track. It's our intent to keep going in the right direction on Friday and have a smart, productive race day." 
In addition to ENEOS, WPC, MOONEYES and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the eighth 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.  
Ogata has 10 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 Pensacola 150 is set for Friday, June 13 from the home of "The Snowball Derby." The 150-lap (75-mile) feature is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 10:00 p.m. The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with a soon-to-be released air date. All times 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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