(MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- January 18, 2014) - - Mason
Mingus, who finished second in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
final point standings in 2013 for Win Tron Racing, will compete full-time this
season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and contend for Rookie of the
Mingus, 19, will drive Win Tron’s No. 35 entry in all 22
races this year, beginning with next month’s season-opener, the NextEra Energy
Resources 250 from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 21.
Win-Tron Racing, headquartered in Mooresville, North
Carolina, will convert from Chevrolet to Toyota for Mingus’s freshman NASCAR
season. The team also announced that Call 811 Before You Dig will return as the
primary marketing partner this season.
Mingus, a native of Brentwood, Tennessee competed full-time
in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards last year (2013), under the
guidance of crew chief Mark Rette. In his inaugural season of stock-car
competition, he competed in 21 races with two poles, five top-fives and 18
top-10s en-route to a second place finish in the ARCA Racing Series point
standings, behind now Win-Tron Racing teammate Frank Kimmel. He was second in
the SCOTT Rookie Challenge standings.
Following the conclusion of the ARCA season, Win-Tron Racing
along with Mingus, entered three NCWTS race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway,
Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway
respectively. He recorded a best finish of 22nd at Phoenix.
The full-time climb to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
is a big leap for the Tennessean, but the teenager is focused and driven on his
“Obviously, I’m very excited and anxious to start the
season,” said Mingus. “Having the opportunity to run full-time in the NCWTS is
an unbelievable opportunity for me and is one step closer to accomplishing the
ultimate goal of racing in the Sprint Cup Series.
“I expect to be able to compete for Rookie of the Year and
run up front every week. I have a lot of confidence in my team. The group of
guys that Win-Tron Racing has put together for me has given me top-notch
equipment in ARCA over the past year and I know we will have that same caliber
in the truck series.”
With Rette again leading the way for the Win-Tron Racing
development driver, the team left Preseason NASCAR testing at Daytona (Fla.)
International Speedway this week satisfied with their No. 35 Call 811 Before
You Dig Toyota Tundra.
“I feel like our truck at the test was one of the best
there,” Mingus added. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t come out with a
top-10, if we can keep out of trouble. I think if we can start off the year
with a strong finish, it would be great and give us the confidence and momentum
to improve from there.”