Name Mason Surgener
Nickname: Racin' Mason
Birthplace: Lansing, MI
Family: Mom, Dad & Little Brother (best friend)
Home track: Corrigan Oil Speedway in Mason, MI
Race team: Mason Motorsports
How did you get
started in racing?
I have always been a fan of cars and racing. I
started attending NASCAR and NHRA races with my family. My
dad sponsored some Xfinity races with Derrike Cope for two years, and
that got me behind the scenes of racing. I then started racing go
karts at arrive and drive events and won. This prompted my dad to
buy me a go kart and we won our first race in it. We raced about
4 races and the season ended. During the off season we bought a
Bandolero stock car, and prepared to race it the following year.
I won 22 straight races that year (my first year of racing was last
year), and 25 so far this year, but not straight. I was
track champion last year (2017), as well as rookie of the year.
What's the most enjoyable thing about racing?
Being in a car and the challenges I face on the
track. Having to make quick decisions.
What division do you race in and what tracks do you race at?
Bandolero cars are regulated by INEX out of North
Carolina. I rank 5th in the nation. 126 drivers are
in my class. My dad and I travel all over the mid-west to
race. This year we raced at Spartan Speedway (MI), Flat Rock
Speedway (MI), Springport Speedway (MI), Barberton Speedway (OH),
Lake Erie Speedway (PA), Evan Mills Speedway (NY), State Park Speedway
(WI) and Jefferson Speedway (WI). We are racing at
Charlotte Motor Speedway in NC this coming weekend.
Which track is the most challenging?
I really enjoyed racing at Lake Erie Speedway.
It's a 3/8 mile NASCAR styled track. The most challenging is
Barberton Speedway in Ohio.
Tell us about the car you
Bandolero cars are lightweight spec cars running a
sealed 570cc Briggs & Stratton twin cylinder engine. It has an
output of 30hp and can do 80 MPH. All cars must weigh a minimum
of 750lb. We have four cars.
How do you prepare
yourself for a weekend when you race more then one track?
My dad prepares the car for each track. We do different gear,
carbs and spring set ups. I watch a lot of videos of races at the
track if I'm new to it. It helps me learn about the drivers, as
well as what lines look best. I also do a lot of iracing on my
Is there any race that
sticks in your mind from the past, and why?
My mistakes stick in my mind the most. At Evan Mills Speedway in
NY I gave up a heat win on the last turn because I ran to high of a
line. It hurts to loose a race when it's my fault. There's
also a time at Jefferson Speedway in WI that I tried to put my car
under another car when there simply was no room. Caused a
crash. Teaches me to be more patient and wait for the opening.
When this season is over, how many races
will you have run?
So far I have ran 24 races. We have scheduled 32 races this year.
If you had to pick a
NASCAR driver to compare your driving style to who would it be and why?
Kyle Larson is my favorite driver. He drives hard and smart.
What are your goals in
To work for a NASCAR team as an engineer.
So when your not racing,
what do you do for fun?
I play soccer and play computer games. We spend time at our
cottage too. I do some volunteer work as well.
Tell us something about
you that would surprise your fans.
I play the piano.
Tell us about your
sponsors and people you like to thank?
My primary sponsor is the Jackson Coffee Co. and my dad. I have
to thank my dad, mom, grandma and brother. They all support me so
much. There is no way I could travel the mid-west without the
support of my family.
If you could win any race
in the world which one would you want to win?
The next one. (or a road course at US Air)
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