NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Mason Diaz will make his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start on Sunday night at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
Diaz, 18, from Manassas, Va., hopes to run the entire K&N East Series schedule in pursuit of Rookie of the Year honors and possibly a series championship. The season for the tour gets underway on Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway – a track Diaz has enjoyed success at.
“I’m really looking forward to getting the 2019 season started,” Diaz said. “We’re going to a track where I’ve had some success at, getting the pole in my first super late model race and winning the pro late model race last year. I’ll be in a new car where I haven’t run a lap in it yet, but I have experience in the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoor Truck Series that will help me get the hang of the heavier style car. My Late Model experience in the past will also help me transition into the heavier car at New Smyrna.”
Diaz won the 100-lap pro late model race at New Syrma Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing last February, holding off a late race challenge from Mike Skinner.
“Hopefully all goes well this weekend which will carry over into the rest of the season,” Diaz remarked. “I just want to do the best that we can given that this is my team’s first time and my first time running one of these races. The rest of the season, I want to improve. If we do run for the full season, then we’d like to get Rookie of the Year and hopefully, we’ll do well enough to contend for the series championship.”
In addition to the K&N Series, Diaz will also run select races in the CARS Response Energy Tour and PRA Tour in his super late model.
“I’m hoping to run the full K&N season while also racing in the Super,” Diaz commented. “We’ve got a great team this year, awesome sponsors and great fans. I can’t thank them all enough, we couldn’t do it without them, or my family which sacrifices so much to allow me to race.”