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Mason Diaz Dominates Pro Late Model Feature for New Smyrna Victory

Mason Diaz celebrates in victory lane after winning the 100 lap Pro Late Model race at New Smyrna Speedway on Friday night.(Photo by Cassie Fambro/Short Track Scene)

Mason Diaz dominated Friday night’s 100-lap Pro Late Model feature at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida to score the victory, his first of the season.

Diaz set the fastest time in qualifying but had to start fourth after an invert. By lap 14, Diaz had rocketed to the lead and pulled away from the competition. However, Diaz had to survive a series of late-race restarts and a challenge from veteran racer Mike Skinner.

“Fury Racecars and Mike Darne Racing gave me a great racecar today,” Diaz said in victory lane. “They non-stop worked on this thing. We unloaded from the trailer and was fast but they kept working on it, thrashing on it and it showed tonight. One more tomorrow, Super Late Model race, hopefully, we can get the win in that.”

On the race’s final restart with 12 laps remaining, Skinner drew even and the two drivers traded paint, but Diaz fended off the challenge and drove away from the competition.

“I wasn’t sure what he was doing, to be honest with you,” Diaz remarked. “He had to do what he had to do to win the race but it just wasn’t enough to beat us today.”

The victory is Diaz’s first of the 2018 season and his second career Pro Late Model victory. Last season, Diaz scored a Pro Late Model win at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina, the same track he won the NASCAR track championship in a Late Model Stock Car.

Diaz will now set his sights on the Super Late Model race on Saturday night. The race will be broadcast live on FansChoice.TV. NASCAR Home Tracks and Speed51.com will provide updates throughout the night as well.

Diaz’s efforts on Friday were supported by Solid Rock Carriers, The Sign Shop, Fury Race Cars and Mike Darne Racing.

To learn more about Mason Diaz Racing, check out his website at http://www.masondiaz24.com, “like” Mason Diaz Racing on Facebook or follow @masondiazracing on Twitter.

Mason Diaz and Colt James Split Fast Five Pro Late Model Features; James Clinches Track Championship

Colt James celebrates his ninth win on the season as well as the 2017 Fast Five Pro Late Model track championship. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Mason Diaz, who will make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway next weekend, snapped Colt James’ win streak in the Pro Late Model division at Southern National Motorsports Park.

James entered the weekend as the division points leader riding an eight-race win streak and a $1,000 bounty on his head. Johnathan Findley, the 2015 Late Model Stock Car track champion, set quick time earlier in the afternoon with 15.239 (94.494 MPH) second lap. Bradley McCaskill, entering the race hunting that bounty would roll off second followed by Colt James, Casey Roderick, and Mason Diaz.

Findley was certainly the car to beat early in the race creating over a full second lead over the rest of the field when the green flag was displayed. Findley would set a blistering pace until lap 42 when he fell off the pace quickly and came to a dead stop on the front stretch. The caution would be displayed for the second, and what would be final time of the first 75-lap feature. Findley would get the car fired back up and drive towards the end of pit road where he would stall and need assistance off the speedway.

It would take two attempts to get the race going again as the tower did not like something on the restart. However, once the field was rolling Diaz was able to jump ahead of James to take the race lead. Colt James would struggle just a bit on the top groove and ultimately surrender second place to Casey Roderick. Diaz would lead the rest of the way to the checkered flag snapping Colt James eight-race win streak, earning his first career win in a Pro Late Model, and collected the $1,000 bounty that had been growing throughout the race season.

A four-car invert was instituted for the final 75-lap feature for the Fast Five Pro Late Models handing the front row over to the top two contenders for the championship; Will Bristle and Colt James. It was all Colt James when the green flag was displayed, and with a little help from a not so good start from Bristle, took sole possession of the race lead and never looked back. Roderick looked to give the eight-time winner a run for his money, however, until something let go under the hood of Roderick’s car ending his night on lap eighteen.

James would flex his muscle on the ensuing restart following the red flag conditions leaving Mason Diaz to battle Jody Measamer for second. At one point, during the final handful of laps, you could have thrown a blanket over the top three cars that was how close they were running. Measamer was able to take the second position from Diaz on the final restart of the race and was able to keep Diaz behind him to capture the second place finish. James’ ninth win in ten tries was, of course, enough to clinch the 2017 track championship.

“We’re like the little team that could,” James said in victory lane Sunday evening. “You’ll never beat me in heart. I always got more heart. We’re just like everybody in the stands, we’re blue collar. We go to work from 7-5 Monday through Friday, come out here and race our butts off and try to show that there’s still room for the little guy out here. We just try to win races.”

 

FAST 5 Pro Late Model Race 1;

  1. #24 Mason Diaz; 75
  2. #18 Casey Roderick; 75
  3. #15 Colt James; 75
  4. #91 Will Bristle; 75
  5. #83 Matt Sever; 75
  6. #6 Cody Quarrick; 74
  7. #18 Bradley McCaskill; 50
  8. #4 Johnathan Findley; 42
  9. #98 Jody Measamer; 33
  10. #14 Greg Burgess; 10

 

FAST 5 Pro Late Model Race 2; 

  1. #15 Colt James; 75
  2. #98 Jody Measamer; 75
  3. #24 Mason Diaz; 75
  4. #83 Matt Sever; 75
  5. #91 Will Bristle; 73
  6. #14 Greg Burgess; 51
  7. #6 Cody Quarrick; 33
  8. #18r Casey Roderick; 18
  9. #18 Bradley McCaskill; 1
  10. #4 Johnathan Findley; DNS

Mason Diaz Prevails in Late Model Thriller Before Severe Weather Washes Out Southern National Race

LUCAMA, NC – Mason Diaz picked up his fifth Southern National victory on Saturday night before severe weather arrived at Southern National Motorsports Park, canceling much of the night’s racing program.

The first of two scheduled Late Model Stock Car races and the Bandolero feature race were both completed.  The Fast Five Pro Late Model race went green but, five laps in, the skies opened up and a torrential downpour, along with lightning, forced the race to be canceled.

Andrew Grady, in his first Southern National start of the season, qualified on the pole for the Late Model Stock Car raced and battled with Chris Chapman side-by-side for the first five laps before taking sole possession of the top spot.  A few laps later, Jonathan Findley roared past to take the lead, and then Findley fell off the pace, surrendering the lead to Rusty Daniels.

Daniels held off a challenge from Mason Diaz and Andrew Grady on a restart and pulled away.  When the caution came out on lap 23 for an incident involving Gerald Benton, Daniels’ lead was erased.  Under the caution, Daniels’ car lost power and he was forced out of the race, handing the lead, and the win, to Mason Diaz.

“There was some early race contact for Chapman, he pushed up the right front nose and made the car tight,” Diaz said after the race.  “After that, the car just wasn’t the same and weren’t the fastest car.  We got some luck with Findley and Daniels breaking out.  That’s what got me the lead and after that, I kind of set sail.”

Parker Frazier dominated in the 15 lap Bandolero feature.  Behind him, a wild race between Josh Speas, Cameron Murray, and Ethan Johnson ended when all three cars spun in turn four.  Johnson would recover, racing his way up to second.  Camryn Rice, who had been involved in an incident on the race’s opening lap, rebounded from her problems to finish in third.

Jonathan Findley qualified on the pole and was leading in the Pro Late Model race, trying to fend off a challenge from Colt James when the caution came out for precipitation.  The rain quickly turned into a downpour, accompanied by lightning and thunder, forcing the track to call the rest of the racing program off.

Tickets and pit passes from Saturday night’s race will be honored at the August 19th race.

Next weekend, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model Tour will invade Southern National Motorsports Park for the second time in 2017.  Matt Craig won at Southern National Motorsports Park back in March during PASS’ first visit of the season.  The PASS Super Late Model Tour will be accompanied by the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series and the USAC Eastern Midgets.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

​​Mason Diaz Victorious in Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway

Photo: Mason Diaz Racing

Mason Diaz picked up the biggest win of his career to date in Friday night’s Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway.

Diaz qualified second for the race and dominated for much of the event.  First, he got around Ryan Millington and had a big lead before a caution erased his advantage and allowed Ryan Wilson to catch up to him.  After Wilson got the lead, Diaz was able to recapture the top spot late in the race and went on to score the victory over his teammate Mike Darne.

“Mike Darne Racing gave me a good car this weekend,” Diaz said in victory lane.  “It was fast out of the box.  From the start of the race, I knew that I could really beat people and they gave me a phenomenal car this weekend.”

“Me and Ryan Wilson got tangled up but I had to do what I had to do to win.  It was a fun race overall.”

Diaz ran the race with a car that has been a backup car for much of the season.  He credited Mike Darne Racing for the hard work they put in at the shop which allowed Diaz to arrive at Caraway Speedway in peak performance mode.

“This isn’t my primary car but this is the best this car has ever handled,” Diaz remarked.  “Mike Darne Racing really worked on the car and this is the best this car’s ever been.”

Mason Diaz’s victory at Caraway Speedway was his fifth career Late Model Stock Car win and his first win at the 4/10-mile track in Sophia, North Carolina.  Prior to Friday, all of Diaz’s Late Model victories had come at Southern National Motorsports Park, where Diaz will race on Saturday, July 8th as he continues to rack up points in his quest for the track championship.

Diaz entered Friday’s race ninth in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship standings and sixth in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina state points.

Mason Diaz is supported by The Sign Shop, Mike Darne Racing, Prince William Marina, Concord Automotive and Convenience Car Care. To learn more about Mason Diaz Racing, check out his website at www.masondiaz24.com“like” Mason Diaz Racing on Facebook or follow @masondiazracing on Twitter.

Southern National’s Mason Diaz Scores Top 10 Finish in First Appearance at Five Flags Speedway

diaz1Pensacola, FL – For years now Five Flags Speedway has been the destination for racers from all over the country in the month of December. The Snowball Derby is a race that really needs no introduction at all. Some of the biggest names in short track racing and NASCAR have competed. This year saw an entry from one of the Mid-Atlantic’s very own – Mr. Mason Diaz.

Diaz, just 16 years of age from Manassas, Virginia, has spent most of his racing career in an INEX Legend car running at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina while making the transition to stock car racing with the help of Late Model veteran Mike Darne. Coming off of a successful weekend at the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic winning a unique Legends Cup race and finishing third in the main event, Diaz packed his race bag up and headed south to attempt to enter his very first Snowflake 100.

“We knew we were fast enough,” Diaz commented about practice earlier in the week. “Couple practices towards the end we were top ten; it was just a matter of making it into the race.”

With the Snowflake being an impound race Diaz and his crew were not allowed to touch the cars after they went through technical inspection which set them up for the nerve-wracking qualifying session. Going into Saturday the team figured times would be close to 16.8, when cars started clocking in times down in the sixes, Diaz knew he just had to hit his marks and drive his line.

“I knew the car was fast enough it was just a matter of if I could put the lap down,” Diaz said. “The first lap I ran a 16.84 which put us in the race alone and the second lap was a 16.82 so we knew we were good.”

A new track in a new state running with drivers you are not familiar with can be tough. When it came down to race day Diaz just took things one position at a time working his way to the front and staying out of trouble.

“It was pretty much all a new experience for me,” Diaz said. “My thing was just making the race. During the race, I just wanted to keep the car in one piece and finish the race. I don’t think I was ready for a top ten finish myself.”

diaz2Diaz started the race off strong passing cars right from the start. Running the inside lane around Five Flags Speedway along with a few cautions flags throughout the night allowed for Diaz to pick his way through the field one at a time. Spending most of the event running mid pack late race cautions, along with some smooth driving, is what Diaz attests to helping him with the top ten finish.

“I followed behind some of the guys that run down there regularly,” Diaz said about his finish. “Augie Grill, who went on to win the race actually started behind me, so I followed him a lot throughout the race and just learned everything I could.”

Keeping the nose clean and running behind some of the veterans on the race clearly paid off for the young Virginia who gets to take home a top ten finish in one of the biggest Pro Late Model races in the country. Things did not come easy for Diaz who told us there was a rather large learning curve when it came to the lines around Five Flags, it was certainly something he had never experienced before.

“I have never run a track with a swooping front stretch in a big car,” Diaz commented for one. “Also turns one and two can kill you! Three and four are important too but the lines you run there are just so important in the first two turns. Mike Darne Racing gave me a great car this weekend and turn three and four was such a dominant corner for me in my book and is where I made most of my passes.”

Diaz also went on to comment how the racing surface mimicked Myrtle Beach Speedway – a track he has yet to compete on in any form of racing – when it comes to the tire wear. He went on to explain tire management was something similar to Hickory Motor Speedway and how important it was to keep the right rear tire on the car to take you to the end.

After traveling almost a thousand miles, entering a race where you know there is a potential to not make it in on time, in one of the largest stages of his young career we ask Mason, pretty much knowing the answer already, what this finish meant to him and his career moving forward.

“This is a huge confidence booster,” said Diaz. “Most people say it’s harder to make the Snowflake than it is the Derby with these cars being so close and a lot of drivers running both. It’s just huge for me especially with the top nine cars were ones that run there locally and have been running for years.”

The Snowflake 100 puts a cap on Mason Diaz’s 2016 campaign and the top ten finish was like the cherry on top for Mason Diaz Racing. The guys will have a few short months to prepare things for next season, which already looks to be a busy one for the guys.

“We are going to run speed weeks down at New Symrna this February,” Mason told The Weekly Racer. “We are going to run Late Model Stocks for most of the year and go for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in both North Carolina and Virginia for sure. Maybe see how things go in South Carolina depending on how many rookies run and maybe even for the entire nation, just all depends on how things go. We are also going to shoot for state titles in Virginia and North Carolina as well.”

To follow Mason through his journey in 2017 head over to his Facebook page, Mason Diaz Racing, and give them a like.

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