Win-Tron Racing Hoping Twice Is Nice At Greenville-Pickens
It’s hard to believe that Matt Tifft’s rookie season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) tour is slowly coming to a close. But, as far as Tifft is concerned, there’s still plenty of racing left and even more to be accomplished.
On Labor Day, the 17-year old will return to Greenville (S.C.)-Pickens Speedway for the running of the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140.
While Tifft’s NASCAR debut at the 0.5-mile oval in March didn’t pan out as expected, the now 17-year old hot shoe has gained an enormous amount of experience in these heavier stock cars and more importantly has had six months to gel with his Mooresville, North Carolina-based Win-Tron Racing team.
After finishing in the top-15 in the most recent NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contest at VIRginia International Raceway, Tifft is firmly focused on hustling his No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala to his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
“I’m ready to go back to Greenville-Pickens, because I have plenty of unfinished business there,” said Tifft. “We weren’t real good in the spring. It didn’t come from a lack of effort, it was just one of those weekends. But, we’ve learned so much as a team since then, that we’re very optimistic for the race on Monday night.”
The Hinckley, Ohio native continued, “It’s a place where it’s extremely difficult to pass, so that’s why we’ve been so focused on the setup of our No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet. The track is very flat, you need the car to rotate good. Passing is crucial to success as well, so we need to not only focus on race runs, but also qualifying runs too. If we can start inside the top-10, we should be in good shape.”
It’s been three races since Tifft netted his career-best finish of sixth at Langley (Va.) Speedway. Finishes of 16th at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway, 24th at Iowa Speedway and 15th last weekend at VIR have the Buckeye native eager to return to form.
“This is a strong team with a lot of heart, desire and focus,’ added Tifft. “We were on a roll for a while, but we’ve had some tough finishes of late. A lot of it not our own doing. We know that’s racing, but we’re ready to keep our No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet as close to the front as possible in this final stretch of races and regain our mojo.”
With just four races remaining in 2013 after Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, Tifft knows what he wants to accomplish.
“Quite simply, we want to win and score top-fives,” sounded Tifft. “Those are two goals that we feel are achievable by year’s end. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy by any means, but I think it’s doable. I have a great team who not only believes in me, but also has the same goals too. We know we have what it takes to perform, now we just need to do it.”
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.
“It’s getting down towards the end of the season, so the pressure to run well is building, so we can have some momentum to take into the off-season,” said Thiesse. “I’m super proud of what Matt has accomplished this season, but like any driver, he wants more. Our goal on Monday at Greenville is simple, run strong and be in the hunt. With Matt at the controls, we know he’s going to do everything to make that happen.”
The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 (70 miles / 140 laps) is set for Monday, September 3. The 140-lap feature will lift off shortly after 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date of Sunday, September 22 at 12:00 p.m.