Mingus overcomes mechanical issue, wins pole

(NEWTON, Iowa – Sept. 7, 2013) – Mason Mingus won his second Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell Saturday afternoon and will start up front for the Prairie Meadows 150 at Iowa Speedway.

Mingus, in the REALTREE Outdoor Energy Toyota, turned the top qualifying lap of 24.179 seconds, or 130.278 mph. He was the only driver to top the 130-mph threshold. He also won the pole for the second race of the 2013 season at Mobile International Speedway.

“I was fortunate enough to run a few laps here last year,” he said. “We didn’t get to practice very much today because we had a mechanical issue. My crew did a great job of getting the car going. We were going into it (qualifying) a little blind.”

Mingus finished 12th at the Prairie Meadows 200 in July, 2012.

“I think our car will be even better on the long runs,” Mingus said. “This is a short track, but it has intermediate track instincts. You definitely want to start as high as you can.”

Starting on the outside of the front row will be Kyle Weatherman in the #11 LoneStarPromotions.com-United Nissan Dodge.  Qualifying third was Corey LaJoie in the Dewey’s Automotive Group-Medallion.com Ford. Will Kimmel in the No. 69 Messina Wildlife Ford will start fourth and 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin fifth in The Ad Man Toyota.

One of five Venturini Motorsports  entries at Iowa Speedway, Benjamin  was the fastest in the 90-minute practice session earlier in the day. He’s making his first start at Iowa. He won two weeks ago at Madison International Speedway.

Mason Mitchell, in the No. 82 Happy Cheeks Ford and from nearby West Des Moines, qualified sixth. He’s the only Iowa driver in the field of 32.

Frank Kimmel, in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, will start 14th. He’s attempting to win his 80th all-time ARCA race. He is currently tied with Iggy Katona for the all-time lead in ARCA wins with 79. He won the ARCA Iowa race in 2007.

The only other driver on the Prairie Meadows 150 entry list to win an ARCA race at Iowa is Cunningham Motorsports driver Tom Hessert in the No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge. Hessert won in 2010.

 “It’s an awesome place,” Hessert said of the Rusty Wallace-designed 7/8-mile speedway.

LaJoie has won the past two ARCA Racing Series races he’s entered, at Chicagoland Speedway and Pocono Raceway. The Richard Petty Motorsports Development Driver is in a Roulo Brothers Racing Ford.

The race is scheduled to go green just after 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.

Live timing and scoring will be available on www.arcaracing.com.

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