Mason Eisenzimmer: The Man Behind the Racing Videos
If you’ve been to racetracks in the region, you’ve seen Mason Eisenzimmer usually with a camera in his hand — it could be shooting footage himself or attaching a GoPro camera to a race car.
Eisenzimmer is the man behind the Mason Aaron’s Racing Videos, something he’s been doing since late 2012. His videos are highly popular on social media outlets for racing drivers and fans alike.
The 28-year-old, who now resides in Fargo, is a native of Minot, and as a young child, he was attending races with his parents.
“I grew up going to the Nodak Speedway every Sunday night with my family,” Eisenzimmer said.
Eisenzimmer’s interest in racing videos actually started with some advice from his mom. He’d go into the pits and receive cards and pictures from drivers; his mom suggested taking his own with his own camera. Soon, he was dabbling with some videos in the pit area.
“I wanted to see some video of my home track in Minot,” Eisenzimmer said. “I started taking a little bit of video. A driver saw it, and said you should record for me and for the racetrack. Snowball effect, and one thing led to another.”
That was in late 2012, and he’s been doing videos ever since. Eisenzimmer does all kind of racing videos — hype videos for tours and tracks, incarcerations footage using his GoPro cameras, and highlight videos for specific drivers.
His GoPro in-car videos are popular with drivers and fans.
“That’s my goal is to have 2-3, depending on how early how get to the track and how the race night goes,” Eisenzimmer said. “Sometimes the track conditions don’t favor having a camera, then I don’t put a lot of them on.”
He’s had some broken lenses on the GoPros as a result of rocks hitting them, he said. He utilizes about 5-6 of those, and also brings 2-3 hand-held cameras that he shoots videos of from the stands and in the pit areas. He also has a drone, and utilized aerial footage from that in 2020 for Steffes Street Stock Tour hype videos, which he calls his favorite videos he’s put out.
“I want people to see all sides of racing,” Eisenzimmer said. “I try not to go to the same spot at when I go to a track multiple times. It’s nice to get a different vantage point.”
Eisenzimmer graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in civil engineering. He worked in that field in Minot, but last fall got a new job in Fargo working as a geospatial analyst for a drone operations company. The move was good geographically as there are six tracks within a 75-mile radius of Fargo.
“It’s nice having 4-6 tracks within about an hour, and its nice to have a Thursday track to go to that’s not too far away,” Eisenzimmer said.
He does a lot of traveling, but plans so he isn’t zig-zagging across the region.
“I try to plan out the weekends regionally, so I’m not traveling across the state or across the region and back,” Eisenzimmer said.
He goes to between 55-60 nights a year at 15-20 different tracks. This year, he expects to hit 60-65 shows. He will follow the Steffes Street Stock Tour as much as he can, which has races in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin this year.
“I like to travel a lot. That fits right into my wheelhouse,” Eisenzimmer said. “And street stocks are my favorite class. That’s icing on the cake.”
His favorite part of doing the videos?
“Getting to meet a whole bunch of different people that I probably I wouldn’t have if I had just been sitting in the stands,” Eisenzimmer said. “It’s really getting to know the drivers, crew members, people in the media — just creating relationships on and off the track.”