(TOLEDO, Ohio - June 25, 2012) - Mason Mingus had a rough night in Saturday's ARCA CRA Super Series race at Winchester, finishing 20th of 23 cars after motor problems. He recovered in Sunday's Herr's Chase the Taste 200 with a career-best sixth-place finish, his third top-10 in five starts this year.
"It was definitely a solid run," said the 17-year-old from Brentwood, Tenn. "We may have had the fastest car here; they were telling me my lap times. We just couldn't get it going when I put new tires on. We kept dropping back some spots. But we had an outstanding race car. The guys did an awesome job this weekend. Our crew chief Mark Rette, he couldn't even be here yesterday. He was at Road America helping Nelson Piquet Jr. get a win (in the NASCAR Nationwide Series). He came here today and did an outstanding job on top of the box."
Mingus (No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota) said spending time in the ARCA Racing Series and ARCA CRA Super Series cars Saturday helped him. Unlike many drivers, Mingus entered with previous experience at Winchester in the Super Series.
"I jumped back and forth between both cars Saturday," he said. "That helped. Any seat time you can get helps even though it's a different car."
Spencer Gallagher finished seventh, his second top-10 in a row after opening his career with 10 finishes outside the top 10.
Austin Rettig (No. 01 Rettig Racing Dodge) earned his first top-15 in 13th, as did Larry Barford Jr. (No. 04 First Mariner Bank/Trauma Doc Dodge) in 15th.
Joseph Hughs (No. 64 Jack Hughs Racing Dodge) was 16th in his career debut; fellow debut starter Landon Cling (No. 3 Wiley X Eyewear/Aluma Trailers Dodge) finished 20th.
Dale Shearer (No. 73 Shearer Racing Ford) finished 17th, the best result of his career.
Poole Keeps Special Award Leads: In addition to leading the ARCA Racing Series point standings, Brennan Poole continues to lead several major special award categories.
Alex Bowman won the Team Messina Rookie Challenge for the race for a series-high fourth time this year, but Poole leads the overall points in the category, 234-222.
Poole led 72 laps, more than any other driver, to win the Aaron's Lap Leader of the Race Award and extend his advantage in the year-long category.
Top 10 Sees Little Movement: Alex Bowman's win in the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 made him the only driver to advance a position with the top 10 of the ARCA Racing Series standings. He moved to third, 20 points ahead of Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota).
Brennan Poole entered the weekend 20 points ahead of Chris Buescher (No. 17 Reliance Tool/David Ragan Ford Ford), but saw that advantage trimmed in half when Buescher won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell Saturday to earn 15 points. Poole, meanwhile qualified third and earned just five points.
Both drivers led laps in Sunday's race, but Poole led the most and finished two spots ahead of Buescher - second over fourth - to increase his lead by 15 points, to 25, or 2090-2065. Bowman is 135 points behind Poole for the series lead.
Chad Hackenbracht (No. 58 CGH Motorsports Chevrolet) is fifth, 180 points behind Poole. The sixth through 10th positions, respectively, are filled by Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet), Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet), Ryan Reed (No. 15 RaceHard.com Chevrolet), Jared Marks (No. 12 SRT Motorsports Dodge), and Spencer Gallagher (right, No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet).
The full and official ARCA Racing Series point standings will be released Tuesday.
Flat Tire Can't Stop Poole: The only thing a flat tire just before the white flag in Sunday's Herr's Chase the Taste 200 did to Brennan Poole was pad Alex Bowman's victory margin. Poole held on for second place and maintained the ARCA Racing Series points lead even after losing the race by over six seconds.
Just missing a chance to pull in front of Bowman off of pit road after finishing Lap 149 may have cost the points leader.
"On our second pit stop, we didn't get as good of a pit stop as we needed to and we came out of the pits behind (Bowman)," he said. "I thought we had a car that could get around him and I was doing all I could."
The Lap 199 flat tire forced Poole to make contact with the wall on Lap 200, but he did not relent in his pursuit of second place.
"We kept digging after working so hard all day like that," he said. "I sailed in there and rode the wall all the way around and still finished second. It was a good points day for us, and we'll take it one day at a time and one lap at a time."
Though Saturday and Sunday will represent Poole's first experience on a road course, he is looking forward to racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
"I think it's going to be fun. I know (New Jersey)'s real good for rookies that have never done a lot of stock car road course racing before. It's flat and it's got a couple of tricky corners so I'm just going to go there and try to gain as much experience as I can. I'm excited to do something different. ARCA does so many different things with the dirt races and the road course and all these little short tracks and the superspeedways; it's pretty crazy."
Poole and his Venturini Motorsports teammates plan to test on a road course Wednesday.