NASCAR Camping World Truck’s Mason Mingus hoping for ‘smart’ race at Michigan

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NASCAR Camping World Truck’s Mason Mingus hoping for ‘smart’ race at Michigan

Mason Mingus
Mason Mingus is competing in Saturday’s Career for Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. (Courtesy photo)
Steve Kaminski | Skaminsk@mlive.com By Steve Kaminski | Skaminsk@mlive.com
on August 14, 2015 at 6:35 AM

It takes plenty of guts to race around Michigan International Speedway, as well as talent and a fast ride.

Rising NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Mason Mingus said drivers have to use their heads, too.

Mason Mingus (Courtesy photo)

“That’s the key there, being smart all day long,” Mingus said. “It’s all about the draft in trucks. We will be running in the draft all day long and trying to use that to our advantage. Michigan is very, very aero dependent. It’s single truck qualifying, so we won’t have to worry about it in qualifying. Come race time, as soon as the green flag drops, we will be running in the draft.

“From a mechanical standpoint, it is easy to get hooked up, but the seams in the race track where the asphalt comes together disrupt these trucks a lot. That’s what we will be trying to focus all day in practice.”

Mingus and the Camping World Truck Series will be racing on the undercard this weekend at the MIS two-mile superspeedway. The Trucks will race 1 p.m. Saturday in the Careers for Veterans 200, followed by Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race.

Mingus is a 20-year old native of Brentwood, Tenn., and he races the No. 15 Billy Boat Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado. He is coming off a 12th place finish at Pocono, which was his second highest finish of the season. He placed ninth at Kansas.

“I do like Michigan,” Mingus said. “It a place where I struggled in the past, but that’s because I haven’t had a lot of experience. I ran decent in the ARCA race there and finished sixth and struggled in last year’s truck race.

“I’m really excited about it this year. We have a really good truck, and coming off our run at Pocono, we had a strong run there, and I think we can continue our momentum to Michigan. I really look forward to having a top 10 at Michigan.”

Mingus will be getting sponsorship help this weekend from MISS DIG System, Michigan’s member of the national “Call 811” underground damage prevention initiative that encourages do-it-yourselfers, landscapers and contractors to “Call Before You Dig” to avoid unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. The associate sponsor will be represented on the bed top of the No. 15 truck.

“We are happy to represent them,” Mingus said. “They are bringing up a few people to hang out in the pits with us. Hopefully, we can get a good run with them. 811 is such a good message to spread, and it’s something I’m connected with from a business standpoint. My dad owns a construction company in Tennessee, so I’ve grown up in the industry. I understand the message they are trying to get across and help race fans understand the dangers when you are digging.

“Whether you are putting in a mailbox or whether you are a big time construction company, you need to know the dangers before you start digging. I think we are spreading the message of 811and help prevent possible injuries if you hit an underground utility line.”

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