CARROLLTON, Mo. – TruStar Energy will serve as the primary partner of Mason Daniel next season as he prepares to embark upon his first full season competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
“TruStar Energy is why we are going racing with the World of Outlaws,” Daniel said. “The Outlaws features the best drivers in the sport and it’s a dream to be able to compete with the series. Our main goal is just to bridge the gap and get up to speed with those guys. We want to be up to speed quickly and hopefully start performing right away. We will have that opportunity thanks to TruStar Energy.”
TruStar Energy, which is a Fortistar Company, is one of the largest developers of infrastructure for CNG fueling stations.
“We’re extremely grateful and excited for the support of TruStar Energy and we can’t wait to showcase the company in 2020 as we embark upon the World of Outlaws trail for the first time,” Daniel said. “The last couple of years has been a climb and we’re glad to have TruStar Energy on board for our biggest season yet.”
Daniel relocated to Missouri prior to the 2018 season when he earned the North American 360 Rookie of the Year Award from the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. This season he made the transition to 410ci winged sprint car competition.
“It was a big adjustment period, but overall I think it went well,” Daniel said. “We still have stuff to get used to. We mostly competed with the World of Outlaws this year when we ran a 410. The toughest part was the competition level and getting up to speed with those guys, who have been on tour for 10-plus years. At some tracks we bridged the gap and at some tracks we have more work to do. We made improvement from the beginning of the year and we’re excited for next year.”
Daniel highlighted the year by scoring a Sprint Invaders victory at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, on July 11 and earning his career-best World of Outlaws result of 15th on Sept. 20 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan.
“We ran good in a 410 show in Donnellson and should have had that race won, but it didn’t work out and we finished second,” he said. “We took the lead three times and kept getting put back on restarts. We have good speed at that track so it was awesome to go back a couple weeks later in a 360 and win.
“We were good at Dodge City, but a mistake on the start cost us so we had to go to the back. I think we would have had a top 10 if I didn’t make that mistake, but you learn from it. That’s a lot of what racing with the World of Outlaws entails.”
Despite missing races, Daniel finished third in the Rookie of the Year chase at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, where he placed 15th in the 410 championship standings thanks to a pair of top 10s.
“Knoxville is a great track and it’s reliable,” he said. “Every Saturday night they are going to run. They had a lot of rainouts this year and we were there for a lot of them. We didn’t get as many races in this year because of that. However, it’s always nice to run there and I think it helped our growth in a 410.”