Win-Tron Racing Prepared To Tame Monster Mile
With just two races remaining on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) tour, Matt Tifft is ready to end his rookie season on a high note, even if that means competing at one the series’ toughest tracks, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, site of Friday afternoon’s Driver Sober 150.
17-year old Tifft, without a doubt knows that the track nicknamed, “The Monster Mile”, will be one of the most unique challenges he’s faced this season, but the blossoming teenager isn’t afraid of the track’s demeanor.
Instead, he’s embracing the opportunity to navigate his No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet Impala at one of the most popular tracks in NASCAR.
“It’s Dover,” said Tifft. “It’s a place where you can be nervous and excited all at the same time. To be honest, I’ve been waiting on this race all year long.”
With no experience at the high-banked 1.0-mile oval, Tifft isn’t exactly sure what’s in store for him, but he does come with armor, in the name of crew chief Jamie Jones, a NASCAR veteran.
The two had the opportunity to work together in the most recent NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last Saturday, where Tifft had a superb performance.
Despite never seeing the place, Tifft’s lap times were competitive and he maneuvered a strong 13th place effort after starting 11th. Even though, the finish wasn’t exactly what the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team had hoped for, the balance was still solid enough to give the High School student a positive outlook for this weekend’s race.
“I was pretty happy with New Hampshire, all things considered,” mentioned Tifft. “Of course, we’re always striving to finish in the top-10, but we just missed that last Saturday. Still, the input from the team and feedback from Jamie (Jones, crew chief) will help our program get stronger, including this weekend at Dover.”
He added, “No doubt that this race is going to be about survival, but I think the handling of our No. 89 DOC 360 Chevrolet is going to be just as important. I’m going to lean on Jamie a lot this weekend for direction. I feel his experience will compensate for my inexperience and with some luck, who knows where that could lead to.”
Of course, some of the tracks that Tifft hasn’t had any experience on this year, have delivered some of his best results in freshman K&N Pro Series East season. Runs at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Langley (Va.) Speedway and VIRginia International Raceway are just a few to claim. That has Tifft looking forward to Friday’s 150-lap battle.
“Sometimes, you can go to new tracks and just get it,” he explained. “It’s hard to explain, but it fits your driving style and of course with a fast racecar, it just makes the job behind the wheel that much easier. Jamie and I have already had good discussions about what to expect at Dover this week, so I’m feeling better about it to say the least, than I was a couple weeks ago.”
The Hinckley, Ohio native added, “There’s not much time to get into our competitors heads and let them know we’re here. There’s an oval and a road course left, two very different places, but two styles of racing that I enjoy a lot. Hopefully, if we can stay on task and more importantly stay focused, the sky is the limit for our finishes.”
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 go now. Currently, the team is second in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship chase with driver Mason Mingus.
“It’s hard to believe that our season is winding down, but we’re not going to go quietly,” said Thiesse. “Matt wants to earn a top-five finish and we’re bound and determined to give him the car in order to do that. Dover’s a very unique and special track on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour and it wouldn’t surprise me if we’re able to turn some heads and leave The Monster Mile with our best run of the year.”
The Drive Sober 150 (150 laps / 150 miles) is set for Friday, September 27. The 150-lap feature will lift off shortly after 4:45 p.m. (Eastern). The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date of Sunday, October 13 at 12:00 p.m.