ABOUT MASON

"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, 16 from North Branch Michigan is in the midst of creating a good one.  Mason is a first generation “grass roots” 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.  He was recently asked who his mentor has been throughout his career, his reply, “no one”. Mason started racing when he was just 7 years old. His immediate family has been his team; his dad as his crew chief and his mom and twin brother as his crew up until this past 2018 season.  At the end of 2017, Mason’s parents felt that in order to keep his career moving forward, it was time to seek the advice of a professional in the industry. Tonya McCallister of McCallister Precision Marketing proudly signed Mason to her roster of talented drivers and with her advice and guidance, Mason signed with Leicht Motorsports Driver Development to race a limited late model in North Carolina for the 2018 season.

 

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 competition racing at Arthur Raceway in Reese, MI, his local go kart track.  He won a championship after just 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.

 


 

Mason’s first race with his new team was in March of 2018.  When he got behind the wheel of his new ride for the season, Mason quickly impressed his agent and entire team at Leicht Motorsports by running a smooth, consistent line lap after lap.  Mason won his first ever limited late model feature after just his 2nd start at Hickory Motor Speedway. He and his family continued to make the 12 hour drive from Michigan to North Carolina for each race, a total of 12 trips plus one final 16 hour trip to Myrtle Beach for his last race of the season.  Mason’s entire family is passionate about Mason’s talent and completely dedicated to do whatever it takes to keep Mason’s racing dreams on track.

 

Don’t think for one moment Mason takes any of this for granted.  He may only be 16 years old but he’s one of the hardest working drivers you will ever meet both on and off the track.  Mason is working very hard 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. With each year that passes, he’s continued to improve his speaking skills and public presence in order to proficiently represent and promote his racing partners.

 

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 right now.  He’s a good kid 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.

2018

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Hickory Motor Speedway Feature Win

6th Place Points Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge    

6 top 5 finishes 

2017

Spartan Speedway's Late Model Division 2nd Place Championship

Spartan Speedway Most Improved Driver Award

2016

INEX State of Michigan Young Lions 1st Place Championship
Michigan Legends Series 2nd Place Points Championship
Michigan Legends Perfect Attendance

 

2015

INEX State of Michigan Young Lions 1st Place Championship

Michigan Legends Series 4th Place Points Championship
Michigan Legends Perfect Attendance

 

2014
Spartan Speedway’s Bandolero Division 1st Place Championship

Karting
2013
Burris Thunder Tour
     6th Place Points Championship Jr1
     2nd Place Burris Shoot-Out Jr1
2012
Arthur Raceway, Reese, MI
     2nd Place Points Championship, Purple Plate Alc
     Sportsmanship Award Purple Plate Alc
     4th Place Points Championship Gold Plate
     Fast Qualifying Time Gold Plate
Burris Thunder Tour
     6th Place Points Championship Jr 1 Clone
2011
Arthur Raceway, Reese, MI
      1st Place Championship, Purple Plate Alcohol
      1st Place, State Championship
      1st Place, Mid-Season Championship
      (11) 1st Place finishes of the 2011 season
      (15) Top 3 Finishes
      (2) 4th Place finishes out of 17 total season feature races
      Fastest lap time for Purple Plate Alcohol
2010
Arthur Raceway, Reese, MI
      Sportsmanship Award Purple Plate Gas
      Mid-Season Championship 2nd Place
      5th Place Points Finish, Purple Plate Gas

Fun Facts...

  • 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

Mason is proudly represented by MPM Marketing.

Contact: tonyamac44@marketwithmpm.com

Phone: 803-361-6199

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