Introducing newcomer Shane Lee...with a Win-Tron welcome back

Introducing newcomer Shane Lee...with a Win-Tron welcome back

TOLEDO, Ohio (January 27, 2016) – At the onset of any season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, you can always count on some familiar faces, and several new ones too. One such newcomer in 2016 is Newton, North Carolina’s Shane Lee.

Lee, who cut his teeth in the local late model ranks, is planning to make his first career ARCA start in the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The familiar face he’s bringing along for the ride is longtime ARCA car owner Kevin Cywinski, who will be fielding the No. 32 Toyota Camry for Lee at Daytona, and then some.

“We raced last year with a little (NASCAR Camping World) truck stuff,” Cywinski said. “We stepped back from our ARCA program and just sort of watched what was going on with the new motor (ARCA Ilmor 396) and (composite) body program…we liked what we saw and worked out a deal with Shane Lee to run nine ARCA races this year, starting with Daytona,” added the three-time ASA national champion driver.

With veteran Jamie Jones crew chiefing, Lee debuted with the team in the recent ARCA open test at Daytona.

“That was my first time in an ARCA car…the whole experience was pretty awesome,” Lee said.Shane Lee carshot Daytona test 2016

“Once I got used to the G-forces in the turns, I was good. Car was fast.”

Lee was 11th quickest overall at 188.616 mph among the 64 drivers who tested.

“I learned that there’s a lot more to the draft than I thought…listening to the RPMs down the straightaway when I got in the draft. I learned that you could only get so close then your momentum would stop.

“I think my biggest takeaway was that I’m going to have to find a teammate to work with during the race. Hopefully, Austin Wayne Self will run a second Win-Tron car.”

Lee hails from the short tracks near home…tracks like Hickory, Martinsville, South Boston, Greenville, Anderson and Myrtle Beach. “We won a good bit at Hickory, but I’ve never raced on a big track. I’m definitely looking forward to running Pocono, Michigan and all the rest. I’m actually really excited to go to the shorter tracks…Lucas Oil and Nashville.”

Lee understands there’ll be a learning curve to competing on the speedways.

“Biggest thing will be learning pit stops. I didn’t get a chance to practice those at Daytona…that’s going to be the biggest difference for me. I’m definitely looking forward to the whole thing.”

Cywinski’s driving career includes three ASA national titles in 1997, 2003 and 2004. In between ASA championships were a couple full seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He also won the ARTGO stock car championship in ’95. From his ASA titles, he made the transition to car owner for good.

“My priorities changed,” Cywinski said. “I guess you could say I got a little smarter, wiser with the years…I have two little girls…they’re teenagers now, so my focus went in a different direction.

“It’s funny…I actually get more nervous now, watching someone new…like Shane (Lee) jumping in for the first time. It’s really cool to help some of these kids out. I get those same old butterflies that I used to get when I was driving.James Buescher in victory lane at Daytona in 2009

“Hopefully, we can entice him (Lee) in the first few races if we do good, and then maybe jump on board for a whole season…that’s our goal.”

Win-Tron Racing is no stranger to Victory Lane in ARCA competition, winning at Daytona with James Buescher in 2009. Win-Tron also won at Talladega in 2012 with Brandon McReynolds aboard. The team, which originated in Wisconsin, has 13 career ARCA wins going back to 2004 when Joey Miller drove the Win-Tron car to the winner’s circle at Nashville Superspeedway. Other Win-Tron wins include Kansas, Berlin, Gateway, USA Int’l, Salem, Kentucky and on the Palm Beach road course in 2010. Win-Tron also finished a career-best second in national championship driver standings in 2013 with Mason Mingus driving.

Lee’s Win-Tron Toyota at Daytona will be sponsored by LeeBoy.

“My grandpa designed the paver for paving equipment at LeeBoy years ago," Lee said. "The family eventually sold it about 20 years ago to a company in Singapore. My dad and uncle still do some R&D stuff with LeeBoy. I’m excited to have LeeBoy on the car this year.”

Since 1964, LeeBoy has designed and manufactured superior commercial asphalt pavers and, with the addition of the Rosco brand in 2001, VT LeeBoy's product line now includes motor graders, pneumatic and drum rollers, multi-purpose asphalt maintainers and force feed loaders.

The 53rd annual Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona is live on FS1 Saturday, February 13 and precedes NASCAR’s same-night Sprint Unlimited. The ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday following final practice Friday morning (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.). ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activities.

Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

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