"You're not going to want to miss his story; it's going to be a good one!" - Scott Fillmore
Everyone loves an “underdog” story and Mason Ludwig, 20, originally from North Branch Michigan is in the midst of creating a good one. Mason is a first-generation “grassroots” driver. His family comes from generations of auto racing fans. Since day one of his career, Mason hasn’t had any links to the racing community. Mason started racing when he was 7 years old.
When Mason was just 3 years old his parents purchased him and his twin brother, Trenton, a dirt bike. Mason’s been going full speed ever since. At the age of 7, he got his first taste of competitive racing at Arthur Raceway in Reese, MI, his local go-kart track. He won a championship after his 2nd season which led to competing at a national level for 4 years before moving into a Bandolero. Mason was the first Bandolero driver to ever make a lap in Michigan and one of his proudest moments was winning the first-ever Michigan Bandolero Championship in 2014 at Spartan Speedway. That was Mason’s only year in the series as he quickly progressed to the Legends division. Mason ran in the Legends division for 2 years before moving into a late model in 2017 and continuing to race at Spartan Speedway. Big changes were in store for Mason in 2018, when he made his NASCAR series racing debut with Leicht Motorsports Driver Development in North Carolina. Mason won his first-ever limited late model feature after just his 2nd start at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Mason is one of the hardest working drivers you will ever meet both on and off the track. Mason is determined to be a well-rounded driver; one who can not only drive but who also realizes there is more to racing than just driving. Throughout his career, Mason has been hands-on with his equipment and setups. He understands the dynamics of the car which is valuable when it comes to communicating with his crew chief and team members. He is also very active in his marketing efforts and continuously works on growing his fan base and social media presence.
Early on, Mason made a choice to give back to the community during his racing journey. Racing offers unique communication and fanbase resources and he has chosen to use them to support causes and charities, such as Lapeer’s Adoptable Animals, an animal advocacy group in his home community, The March of Dimes’ fight to stop premature births, and most recently, The Greatest Generations Foundation, a veteran based organization.
There is a need for more stories like Mason’s in this sport. He’s simply a good person with a big heart, trying to make his dream come true while staying true to himself. He comes from a modest background and has worked hard and earned everything he’s ever gotten. Mason is a young driver that all race fans will be able to relate with and admire.
Mason has a twin brother, Trenton. Trenton likes racing but chooses not to drive.
Mason's hobbies include hunting, riding his go kart and dirt bike, iracing, playing video games and listening to music.
Mason enjoys learning about history and his ancestors.
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite race car driver: Jeff Gordon
Favorite movie: Fury
Favorite food & drink: Macaroni salad & Mello Yello
Team motto: Dream Big; Work Hard