Thursday, May 10, 2012

More than luck at Win-Tron racing

By Jason D Searcy (

The super speedway races at Daytona and Talladega are called wild card events because you never know what will happen and unlike most tracks, any car entered has an opportunity to win.  A team that wins one of these events might be called lucky, but when you win two, that means you are doing something right.

MN based ARCA team Win-Tron racing has now won a pair of Super Speedway races after Brandon McReynolds won at Talladega.  Brandon is the son of former NASCAR Crew chief and current broadcaster Larry McReynolds, he even has "larry's kid" printed on the roof of his race car.  Brandon is quickly earning respect, "Brandon is a hard working racer," said co-owner of Win-Tron Nate Thiesse "he is very committed, smart and passionate about racing."

Larry McReynolds was in the pit box during the win but was not calling the shots, "Larry plays the part of THE DAD during race day," said Thiesse "guys told me he reached for his head-set mic a few times but never said a word.  He is a class act."

Win-Tron racing has a relationship with Turner Motorsports, current Turner driver James Buescher won in a Win-Tron car at Daytona back in 2009.

Kevin Cywinski's three ASA National titles are well known but Nate Thiesse (photo above) was also a very successful racer around Minnesota on the dirt in the 90's and asphalt in the 2000's.  He won over half the races he entered at I-94 Raceway but never ran for a point title, instead he had his sights set on a different goal.  He is the first driver that I remember using a in-car camera, they would review the race from multiple angles immediately after every race night, win or lose.  That is a work ethic that has carried over to Win-Tron racing.

"Its all about reparation at the shop," says Thiesse "Its not just one thing, its the little things that make the difference, but passing on the last lap, that is all driver."

Thiesse is happy to finally be racing close to home on June 2nd at Elko Speedway for the first ever ARCA event in MN, "its exciting for us, normally we are the ones driving all over the country to race," said Thiesse "this one is five minutes from our shop!"

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