Matt Tifft; Win-Tron Racing Set Sights On Langley Speedway
HAMPTON, Virginia (June 20, 2013) – – On a mission.
Those three words best describe the mentality of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE) driver Matt Tifft and his Win-Tron Racing team.
On the heels of their second top-10 finish of the year two weeks ago at Iowa Speedway in the running of the Casey’s General Stores 150, the duo is now kicking expectations up a notch as the NKPSE begins its summer stretch of races.
This weekend, Tifft in his No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala, hopes to conquer the demanding short track of Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. With no prior experience at the venue, the Hinckley, Ohio native has a conservative approach to Saturday night’s Visit Hampton VA 175.
“I am very excited going into Langley this weekend after our recent progress and strong runs,” said Tifft, the Win-Tron Racing development driver. “It’s definitely been an uphill climb from the beginning of the year, but I feel like as a team, we’re getting stronger and stronger and our results have been showing that too. As a team we’ve all learned a lot. Now it’s just applying that knowledge to earn some even better results.”
Earlier this month, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based Win-Tron Racing team made a crew chief change for Tifft, as Mike Chaffee returned to the organization in the same capacity he held in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for many seasons.
Despite starting deep in the Iowa field in the sixth race of the season, the expertise of Chaffee, provided Tifft a very competitive No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala, allowing the young protégé to maneuver some of the fastest laps of the night. Even though the team ran out of laps under the lights, the exhilarating feeling for Tifft is giving something for the soon-to-be 17-year old to look forward too.
“Mike and I work together really well,” sounded Tifft, who’s also preparing for an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race this summer at New Jersey Motorsports Park. “I can really tell how smart he is and the experience and knowledge he brings really raises the team to another level. Adding him to the organization, I believe will only produce better results from here on out.”
Indeed, Chaffee has been able to breed newcomers into winners. Most recently in 2011, he led the team to victory in the ARCA Racing Series with Portland, Texas native Matt Merrell behind the wheel at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway. It’s very likely he’ll be able to produce the same magic with Tifft.
Collectively, the team is quickly realizing their potential, but they also are keeping a modest approach as well, especially for Langley (Va.) Speedway this weekend.
“I’ve never been to Langley, so the open practice on Friday will be very important to get acclimated with the track,” Tifft mentioned. “Saturday’s practice, we will be focused on getting our No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala ready for qualifying and race trim. It’s important to know how our car will “behave” during those sessions, so we don’t find ourselves behind the eight-ball. As far as qualifying is concerned, you just have to approach it as running as hard as possible without tearing up the equipment and hope you end up near the front. When the green flag drops for the race, it’s get to the front and (try) stay there and hopefully you’re in contention when the checkered flag nears.”
And if their recent effort isn’t enough to get excited, Tifft turns 17 on Wednesday, June 26. He says a victory on Saturday night would be a great birthday present.
“That would be really cool,” he said.
For Win-Tron Racing, owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the expansion to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour opens the door for the team to continue and enhance their on-track product. The team will work vigorously with Tifft as part of their driver development platform. Currently, the team is second in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship chase with driver Mason Mingus.
“We definitely have some momentum right now,” said Thiesse. “Matt and Mike did a nice job working together at Iowa. Unfortunately, we ran out of laps to get a better finish, but everyone on the Win-Tron Racing crew was enormously impressed with the potential. This weekend, even though Matt’s never been there, we have the confidence in him, that he’ll not only be fine, but competitive as well.”
The Visit Hampton VA 175 (70 miles / 175 laps), the seventh race of the year is set for Saturday night, June 22. The 175-lap feature will lift off shortly after 8:30 p.m. (Eastern). The race will be tape-delayed on SPEED with an air date of Thursday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern).
Tifft tweets too, follow him @matt89tifft.
About DOC 360:
DOC 360 is owned and manufactured by Wis-Pak, Inc. Wis-Pak is a manufacturer and distributor of Pepsi-Cola and other leading soft drinks. The company’s corporate office is located in Watertown, Wisconsin and production facilities are found throughout the Central and Southern United States. Wis-Pak is owned by 39 Shareholders, representing 63 independent Pepsi-Cola franchises. Wis-Pak is majority owner of WP Beverages, which is the seventh largest Pepsi-Cola franchisee in the United States with corporate headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.
About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing (win-tronracing.com) is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing and has become a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2013, the team will begin its seventh year of competition with a presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
PHOTO CAPTION: Matt Tifft, driver of the No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala for Win-Tron Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE).
NAME: Chris Knight (@knighter01)