Mason Mingus fastest at Snowball Preview Practice
Mason Mingus gave notice during the Snowball Derby Preview Practice that he intends on continuing to add to the success of his 2013-racing season by capturing the fastest practice lap in the Super Late Model Division.
Mingus waited until late in the practice session to grab the quickest time among the Super Lates.
With 30 minutes left in the open practice session, Mingus tripped the clock with a lap of 16.644 seconds in his #98, 811 Call Before You Dig and Diamond Equipment sponsored Super Late Model.
The Preview Practice quick lap earned Mingus $500.00 and establishes the 18-year-old racer from Brentwood, TN as a driver to watch in this year’s qualifying for the 46th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. The event takes place December 4th through the 8th.
“We are excited about having the fast time in the open practice,” Mingus, who finished second in the ARCA Series point standings this year, said. “While it gives our team a base to try and hopefully make the car even better, we fully understand that we still have a lot of work to do. The Snowball is a tough race to make and a tough race to finish, so we’ll take it one step at a time.”
Mingus is driving the car that he finished third in at Winchester this year and said he really likes the way it races.
“The car was really fast at Winchester but we had a mechanical issue during the race,” he said. “But once we solved the problem, we fought our way back through the field to finish third. So we know we have a strong car.”
Mingus, who also ventured into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for three races this season, said a good finish in the Snowball would top off a successful 2013 season.
“A good finish in the Snowball would be great but a win would be a fantastic way to end the 2013 season and begin 2014,” he said.
Mason Mingus heads home to compete in All American
Nashville, TN--Mason Mingus heads home from the ARCA and NASCAR racing series to compete in the All American at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway this weekend.
Mingus, a native of Brentwood, TN, relocated to North Carolina in May to be closer to the ARCA and NACAR team he is driving for this season.
The move paid huge dividends in the ARCA Racing Series where he finished second in points to the legendary Frank Kimmel. He also penciled in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events for this year. He competed at Talladega and races at Phoenix and Homestead to round out his NASCAR season.
Mingus, a 2013 Franklin Road Academy graduate, has also raced in several Super Late Model Series events this year including the Winchester 400, where he finished a strong third after overcoming mechanical problems with his car midway through the event.
“I’m really looking forward to being in Nashville for the All American ,” Mingus said. “Racing at the Fairgrounds is always fun but to race there in the legendary All American is really special. With the names I’ve seen on the entry list, I know it will be a great race.”
While Mingus, who turns 19-years-old in November, has raced all over the country in several series this season, he plans on going back to his racing roots by once again using 98 as his car number, a move that he feels served him well in the tough Winchester race.
“We used the 98 number for a long, long time and it kind of feels right to use it on our Super Late Model again,” he said during a practice session at the Fairgrounds last week. Mingus said he was proud to have Ms Kelli’s and Dial 811 Before You Dig as sponsors for the All American race.
“Dial 811 Before You Dig has been a great sponsor for us this year and we’re really pleased to have Ms Kelli’s Karaoke Bar for the All American,” he stated.
Even though the ARCA season is in the books, Mingus said he is looking forward to at least three more races after the All American.
“We have the two NASCAR Truck races left on our schedule, but we also have one more Super Late Model event and one of my favorite races that we’ll try to make this year with the Snow Ball Derby,” he said. “Like Winchester and the All American, it’s a tough race, but it’s one that every driver wants to win. So we’ll finish out the season there.”
Mingus said that his team would announce plans for the 2014 season later this year.
Continues In Irish Hills
BROOKYLN, Michigan (June 12, 2013) - - The string of five back-to-back races in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards continues this Friday at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) for the running of the Patriot Pumps 200. (Read More)
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