Fresh off a runner-up finish in an ARCA Menards Series East race at Five Flags Speedway, veteran Virginia Late Model Stock Car driver Mason Diaz is hoping to pick up his first win of the season and his first in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour in Saturday’s season-opening race at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina.
Diaz competed full-time in the ARCA Menards Series East in 2020 for Venturini Motorsports, scoring two top-five finishes, while also competing in a pandemic-shortened NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series season at Southern National Motorsports Park where he clinched his second track championship. This season, having already come close to scoring victories for Visconti Motorsports in ARCA, he has his sights set on the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour championship.
“The goal this year for us is to be consistent,” Diaz told Short Track Scene. “If we can do that, we will be fighting for a championship which I think my team and I can do. The past two races in ARCA, we were contenders and I think we can be in the CARS Tour every week. I can’t wait to be back with Mike Darne Racing to fight for another championship in another series. This season will have new challenges and we are ready to face them head-on. We just need to stay focused and race smart.”
The 20-year-old from Manassas, Virginia is no stranger to touring – which he likes because he can race amongst the same competition in contrast to a weekly series at an individual racetrack where car counts, and the caliber of competition, can often be unpredictable.
“The major difference between the CARS Tour and a weekly series is the competition each week,” Diaz explained. “When it comes to the weekly series, you will not know who shows up each week due to the number of tracks running. With the CARS Tour, the same people will be coming each week. It compares a lot to ARCA due to racing the same people for points each week.”
Throughout his career, Diaz has raced in NASCAR, ARCA, CARS Tour, and has competed in the Snowball Derby, Snowflake 100, World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna, and more. In 2017, Diaz won the Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway, which will host its first CARS Tour race later this spring, and in 2018, he picked up a win in a Pro Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway. Diaz has also won at Hickory Motor Speedway and Dominion Raceway in a Late Model Stock Car, two other tracks that will host CARS Tour races in 2021.
This season, Diaz plans to continue racing in the ARCA Menards Series East while also pursuing the CARS Tour championship.
“There are some issues when it comes to scheduling but the races do not conflict as long as the weather during th3e year cooperates,” Diaz said. “It’s going to be a busy season but I’m up for the challenge. It will not be easy but it can be done.”
Along with racing on the track, Diaz is also a full-time student at Old Dominion University, majoring in business with a minor in marketing. He has been racing since he was four years old, following in the footsteps of his father, Michael, who competed in Legends racing at Old Dominion Speedway. The elder Diaz operates The Sign Shop in Northern Virginia and has been the owner of Southern National Motorsports Park, which he reopened in 2012 – the same year Old Dominion hosted its final race.
Mason Diaz is a member of the 2021 Lucas Oil Touring 12 class for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour. He has one top-10 in five career starts in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour.
The 2021 season for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour will go green at 3pm on Saturday and will be available live on CARSTour.TV, part of the SpeedSportTV family of networks.