Mason Ready To 'Own Up' For Bristol USAR Hooters Pro Cup Event
USAR Hooters Pro Cup driver Mike Mason will take on the role of car owner when the series invades Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 150 on Wednesday, August 22.
"Eric Humphries will be behind the wheel of the Mason Motorsports No. 33 at Bristol," said Mason (right). "He's been racing in the NASCAR Grand National West Division the last couple of years and has also been doing some USAC dirt and pavement Sprint Car races this season. He and I go way back -- we raced go karts against each other as kids in California."
While the Bristol event will be a first for Homophiles in a USAR Hooters Pro Cup car, Mason said the Chowchilla, CA showed he was up for the assignment posting some of the quickest laps of a recent test session at the .533-mile high-banked Tennessee oval.
"Eric did a great job at the test," said Mason. "His best lap time was 16.02 seconds, just a tick off the best time of the day, a 15.95. The car ran good and he seemed very comfortable in it."
Humphries will also have the benefit of several veteran USAR Pro Cup crew members when he takes the green flag in the Food City 150 at Bristol.
"My crew chief from last season, Mark Huff, will be calling the shots for Eric at Bristol," said Mason, who posted five Top-15 USAR Hooters Pro Cup finishes in 10 races during his rookie season in 2006. "We'll also have a bunch of guys who crewed my car on board for the Bristol race and Danny Crafton is going to be the spotter, so we'll have a good group to give Eric whatever he needs."
About the only part Mason doesn't appear to have a handle on for Bristol is his role as car owner.
"I was totally nervous watching Eric run the car at the Bristol test," said Mason. "I was a lot more [Turns%201%202%20300.jpg] nervous than anytime I had ever been behind the wheel. I guess now I know what my dad went through all these years when I was racing and he was on the sidelines watching.
The Food City 150 USAR Hooters Pro Cup event at Bristol Motor Speedway will take the green flag at 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 22. The event will be part of a racing doubleheader that will also feature the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 200 at 8 p.m. that evening. Tickets for the general admission racing twin bill are just $30 and will be available right up to race time.
Highlights of the Food City 150 will be telecast by The SPEED Channel on Wednesday, August 29 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.