(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 13, 2013) - Racing or wrestling. That was the decision that ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship contender Mason Mingus had to make. It was either compete with his high school state championship wrestling team, or race at Daytona Int'l Speedway.
The Brentwood, Tennessee driver opted for the 50th Anniversary Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at the "World Center of Racing".
Although he was ranked second in his wrestling division, Mingus is determined to broaden his racing horizons in his quest for that first-career win, not to mention the opportunity to become a national champion.
"I've enjoyed a strong and successful wrestling career, but racing is my future and ultimately my passion," said Mingus, driver of the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota. "So, while I wish I would be back in Tennessee competing in those finals, I know I'll be living out a dream of a lifetime to race at Daytona, and even better have a shot at winning the race."
Mingus will be returning to the ARCA tour in 2013 with Win-Tron Racing, one of the series' premier teams.
"I can't wait for Daytona. This will be my first time racing on a superspeedway, but I think we are ready to go. We had a good solid test in December and I feel much more confident going into this race with some laps under my belt. The guys at the shop have been working incredibly hard all winter getting our cars prepared for a full-season slate. I know I will have a car and team that is capable of finishing inside the top-three. For me, there wouldn't be a better way to start of the season than a win at Daytona."
While the 50th anniversary event at Daytona for the ARCA Racing Series is huge, Mingus is also well aware that the event is just one of 21 races slated for 2013.
"I plan on trying to the win the championship. To have a shot at it though, we need to consistently finish in the top-three. If we can do that, the wins will come and we will be a vital threat when Kansas rolls around in October."
Co-owner of Win-Tron Racing, Nate Thiesse, has won with several different drivers on tour, but the national championship still eludes the longtime ARCA car owner.
"We have all the ingredients to make this one of our best seasons yet in ARCA competition," Thiesse said. "Mason showed a lot of maturity and growth last year and there is little doubt that will continue with him being behind the wheel on a weekly basis. He's a talented driver with a quality crew chief behind him, who sincerely believes in his abilities. Those two elements together make us a firm threat for the championship."
Mark Rette, who crew-chiefed Justin Lofton to the series title in 2009, will be calling the shots for Win-Tron Racing in 2013.
The Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real (80 laps / 200 miles) is the first of 21 events on the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 50th ARCA race held at Daytona is a three-day show. Practice begins Thursday, February 14 with a four hour practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for Friday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. A 45 minute final practice session from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. will precede the race.
The event will take the green flag Saturday shortly after 4:30 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local. NASCAR's Sprint Unlimited follows the Lucas Oil 200 lather that night.
Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing's multiple Motorsports programs is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641
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About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing 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 has become 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 2013, the team will begin its seventh year of competition with a presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.