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Mingus & Win-Tron Racing head for the Irish Hills

Mingus & Win-Tron Racing head for the Irish Hills

by June 14, 2013 0 comments

(BROOKYLN, Mich.) – – The string of five back-to-back races in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards continues this Friday at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) for the running of the Patriot Pumps 200.

For ARCA championship contender Mason Mingus and his Mooresville, North Carolina-based team, they head to the “Irish Hills” of the Great Lakes state, not only hunting a victory, but also to gain some crucial points to close the gap to current leader, nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel.

With all that being said though, Mingus for the fourth time in 2013 will visit a track, he’s never competed on before. Dubbed as one of the fastest non-superspeedway race tracks on the circuit, the two-mile oval produces daunting speeds, incredible side-by-side racing and even varying race strategies.

All of those components combined have Mingus, the recent High School graduate looking forward to his MIS debut, where he hopes, to also reel in his eighth consecutive top-10 performance this season.

“I’m really looking forward to Michigan International Speedway,” said Mingus, who recently relocated from Brentwood, Tennessee to Mooresville, North Carolina. “From what I hear about the track, I think I will really like it. This is one of the fastest tracks that we are going to race on all year long, and having never been on it before, it will make Thursday’s practice very important. I think we will have a really strong No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry.”

He added, “This would be a good place for us to start making up a few points on Frank (Kimmel.) We have been consistent all year on all the different race tracks and I don’t see Michigan being an exception. If we can be in the top-three with 20 laps to go, I think we will have a shot at the win.”

Currently, Mingus, has a 75-point (1760 to 1685) deficit to the long-time ARCA veteran. One area that the 18-year old feels he can trim the margin, is qualifying, where the team collectively has earned 40 “bonus” points for their efforts thus far.

“Qualifying better was one of my goals for this year,” sounded Mingus. “Last year, we didn’t always start where we wanted to and I’m seeing now, just how valuable track position (really) is. By starting closer to the front, you can avoid a lot of potential headaches. Mark (Rette) and the Win-Tron Racing team have given me some stout race cars all year long and that’s why we’ve been able to keep that point’s spread from increasing even more. A pole is what we’re shooting for on Friday morning, but we’d be happy too with a top-three starting spot.”

Entering Michigan, the Tennessean has 20 ARCA Racing Series races to his credit. During that tenure, he has acquired three top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes, including second-place runs at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and at Toledo Speedway in May 2013. Additionally, a pole run at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway in March, is his best time trials effort to date.

The Patriot Pumps 200 (100 laps / 200 miles) is the eighth of 21 events on the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 32nd ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Thursday, June 13 with a two hour and twenty-five minute practice session planned from 1:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for race day, Friday, June 14 slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. The event will take the green shortly after 5:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED. Additional coverage including timing and scoring available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. A re-air of the event has been etched in for 10:00 p.m. Friday night, also on SPEED. All times are local (Eastern).

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