Mason Diaz, pictured in victory lane with family at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Andy Marquis/Race22.com photo)

Mason Diaz Sweeps Late Model Features at Southern National

Mason Diaz swept the twin Late Model features at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday to score his third and fourth wins of the 2017 season and extend his points lead in the track championship standings.

“All in all, a good night,” Diaz said.  “Mike Darne Racing made fast cars this weekend.  We led in qualifying, both practices, and won both races.  It’s the best weekend ever.  That’s we’re looking for this season is wins and running up front.”

Diaz executed a bump-and-run on teammate Jonathan Findley with two laps to go in the first race to take the lead, and the win.

“The pass with Findley at the end of the run, had to do what I had to do to win,” Diaz stated.  “He would’ve done the same to me, at least I hope he would.  Just because we’re teammates doesn’t mean we race each other clean on the track.  We had the better car.  He definitely had a fast car too.”

After an eight car invert, Diaz was lined up to start the second race in eighth but mechanical problems sidelined Findley before the start of the race.  Diaz methodically worked his way to the front, taking the lead on lap 19 and driving away from Chris Chapman and Rusty Daniels to score the win.

“Had to be patient,” Diaz commented.  “There was a whole bunch of side-by-side racing at the beginning and I just had to wait for it to file out and make my move to the front.”

Diaz’s sweep at Southern National on Saturday came after a disappointing result to a strong run at Caraway Speedway on Friday.  Diaz started the race on the pole and had been running in second when late race contact knocked him out of the race.

“We were up front,” Diaz explained.  “We were definitely competitive. We brought the wrong motor package for there, but it was a good experience. We are looking forward to going back there and being faster.”

The sweep at Southern National was Diaz’s most successful night at the track so far this season.  He currently leads in the standings at Southern National Motorsports Park, where he is racing for the track championship.

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.


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