Local favorite Mason Mingus enters Nashville; subbing for Fontaine
NASHVILLE (April 4, 2017) AM Racing’s development team Win-Tron Racing proudly announced today that ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Mason Mingus will substitute for Justin Fontaine in Saturday’s Music City 200 presented by Azure Foundation at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Mingus, a native of nearby Brentwood, Tenn., will make his first ARCA start at the historic short track, but hopes to lean on his extensive Late Model background at Nashville.
“I’m really stoked to get back to racing in the ARCA Racing Series and with Win-Tron Racing,” said Mingus. “I’ve only been in one ARCA race since 2013, so I’m anxious to get back behind the wheel and have a strong race for Justin (Fontaine), dsmamt and ProMATIC.”
While carrying Fontaine’s ProMATIC colors, the hood of the No. 33 Toyota Camry will carry the message of support for the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.
Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (dsamt) is a community of parents, grandparents, siblings, physicians, educators, professionals, friends and self-advocates from 41 counties in Middle Tennessee who celebrate and support individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.
“I’m very proud to bring additional awareness to dsamt this weekend at Nashville,” Mingus said. “I have a family member who has Down Syndrome, so I’ve seen how the association has come together and done great things for the families and the community. We’ll have a big cheering section on Saturday night and that makes me awfully happy.”
Despite his long sabbatical from ARCA competition, the 22-year-old was a mainstay in the series from 2011-2013, earning five top-five and 25 top-10 finishes, including a second-place championship run in 2013.
Still looking for that elusive first win, Mingus knows he’ll have to battle his teammate Gus Dean and others for his first checkered flag, but Mingus knows in order to finish first, he must first finish.
“It’s going to be a competitive race,” added Mingus. “When I raced full-time in the series, we had a lot of good cars, but looking at the entry list you can probably add another handful of cars on top of that who should be included in the mix.
“Patience is going to be important. Tire management is going to be crucial and traffic always comes into the mix at Nashville, so it’s going to be a very entertaining race. I feel blessed to have this chance to be back with Win-Tron Racing and I really want to go out there and make the most of it.”
Mingus is pitch-hitting for Fontaine who continues to recover from injuries sustained at Daytona International Speedway in February. Last week, the team announced that Fontaine’s recovery is progressing better than expected and he should return to competition by early June at the latest.
Kevin Cywinski, team principal at Win-Tron Racing, says he’s happy to have Mingus back.
“Mason did a lot of great things for Win-Tron Racing over the years and I’m glad to have him back in one of our cars this weekend at Nashville,” said Cywinski. “I think he’ll be a great teammate to Gus and I know we’re taking two cars capable of contending for the race win.”
The Music City 200 presented by Azure Foundation (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., April 8 with an hour and a half practice session from 1:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 4:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring with live chat throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (Central).
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About AM Racing:
AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.
About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in "Race City USA." Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.
About ProMATIC Automation:
ProMATIC Automation, Inc. specializes in the design and build of custom factory automation equipment. With complete in-house capabilities of design, programming, fabrication, machining, electrical and mechanical assembly, ProMATIC can manage project resources and coordinate manufacturing efforts to provide quality, on-time automation project implementation.
ProMATIC Automation, Inc. has extensive experience in the integration of high-level automation technologies like robotics, laser, vision, and dispensing systems along with many years of combined experience in the design and machining of custom manufactured components.
For more information on ProMATIC Automation please visit promaticautomation.com