The Wauters Motorsports Team will once again make an appearance at the Winter Showdown on February 1-3, 2018.
In 2015, Wauters brought Dalton Sargeant and Will Gallaher to the inaugural event, with Sargeant posting a runner-up finish. This year, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team will bring another young rising star to the event. For the 2018 Winter Showdown hosted by SRL at Kern County Raceway Park, Mason Mingus will be behind the wheel of the familiar orange and black No. 5M machine. It will be Mingus' first attempt at the event and his first trip to Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California.
Mingus was a regular on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014 and 2015. He finished in the top 15 in the championship standings during both of those seasons. He had a best finish of third at Talladega Superspeedway (AL).
At the short track level, Mingus has two top-five efforts in the All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), including a career-best second in 2010 and a fifth in 2017. He also owns two top-five finishes in the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (IN). At this year's Snowball Derby, Mingus qualified fourth, but was involved in a lap 94 accident, finishing 31st.
The 23-year-old Spring Hill, TN driver will be racing against many of the Winter Showdown drivers for the first time at a facility he has never visited before.
"I am excited to head west for the Winter Showdown," Mingus told the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series. "As far as the short track stuff goes, I have really never raced out West. I have only had the chance to race with a few of the West Coast guys, like Derek Thorn, but they always bring great cars and seem to race clean, so I am really looking forward to it.
"I have only ever heard good things about Kern County Raceway. Everyone I have talked to has said, without a doubt, that it is one of the nicest short tracks in the country. It is always good to see some of these prestigious short tracks, like Kern County, thriving."
After the team's effort at the Snowball Derby, the Winter Showdown would be a big win for Mingus and the team if they could bring home the $30,000 payday offered to the winner of the Winter Showdown.
"It would be huge for myself and the Wauters Motorsports team to win the Showdown," Mingus began. "We didn't get the finish we wanted at the Snowball. We had an outstanding race car, but we just got caught up in someone else's mess, so we are really excited about coming out west and chasing after the win."
On February 3, the #811CallBeforeYouDig, Team Construction, Wauters Motorsports Toyota Camry will circle the half-mile paved oval at Kern County Raceway. With a one-position improvement for the team over 2015, they will find themselves with a $30,000 payday and bragging rights for winning the richest paved short track Super Late Model race of the year.
-SRL Press Release by Kevin Peters
-Photo credit: Speed51.com