Bakersfield, Calif…When the final round of Davey Hamilton's Wild West Late Model Shootout roars into action at Altamont Motorsports Park in Tracy, Calif., Saturday, October 9th, Mike Mason and the Mason Motorsports crew will be looking to end their first season on a positive note.
"This will be the fourth time we have competed at Altamont," says Mason, who took top honors August 7th at Mesa Marin in Bakersfield. "Each time out, we have improved our finish and this time we are hoping for a top three. Altamont is definitely a fun, fast track," he continues. Nestled in the scenic Altamont foothills, it is often referred to as the 'Fastest Half-Mile in the West'. And, boy do they have that right! You really have to concentrate 100%, be patient and be ready to take full advantage when someone in front of you makes a mistake. As I learned, a simple misjudgment can easily end your hopes for the evening. You also have to try and save your equipment so you have something left for the end. I think we are well prepared and I am definitely looking forward to this final race of the season."
Currently ranked 10th in the overall point standings, 17 year old Mason, who attends Bakersfield High School, is determined to hold on to his position. "This has definitely been an up-and-down year for us," explains Mason, who pilots the No. 55 A.S.Mason Trucking & Crane Chevrolet. "But what a learning experience. I sure know a whole bunch more than I did when I started off this season and all the knowledge I have gained will definitely go a long way in furthering my racing career. The competition in this series is pretty tough. There are a lot of good racers running this season. In fact, coming into this last round, there are only 30 points separating the top five drivers so you know this is going to be a good race."
Mason, who is sponsored by his father, has actually been competing since he was six years old. "Racing is what I love," he says. "My desire is to go all the way to the top. Learning and seat time is what will make that possible and I plan to just keep on learning as much as I can until I can reach my goal."