Salem Speedway | Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 Race Recap
Team: No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet
Driver: Gus Dean (@gusdean)
Crew Chief: Jamie Jones
Finish: Seventh; Running (200 | 200 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: N / A | Owner Points Position: N / A
Follow the Team: @gusdean; @GREE_Racing; @WinTronRacing
Quick Recap: After producing his third straight top-10 qualifying effort for Sunday afternoon’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200, sophomore ARCA Racing Series driver Gus Dean (@gusdean) battled back from early race misfortune to capture his first top-10 finish of the season.
Early in the second short track race of the season, Dean who qualified fourth maintained pace with the leaders. The first caution of the afternoon sent the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet to pit road for two right side tires and fuel.
During their pit stop, several crew members of the Win-Tron Racing team were struck by another car — sending the crew members flying and ultimately leading to the car falling off the jack. The crew recovered from the incident, but Dean lost 14 spots dropping from third to 17th.
On the Lap 65 restart, the Bluffton, S.C. native would methodically begin his march back through the field but when two cars made contact ahead of Dean’s Chevrolet, the 23-year-old avoided the incident but made contact with the Turn 4 wall.
Even with some mechanical damage to Dean’s race car, the former ARCA winner would use the remainder of the race to climb back through the field and take the checkered flag in seventh, clinching his third consecutive top-10 finish at the historic Southern Indiana short track.
Gus Dean Quote: “I want to thank Jamie Jones and my entire Win-Tron Racing team for bringing me a fast No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet to the track this weekend.
“We had a car capable of competing inside the top-five, but the pit road incident put us behind and we got some damage trying to climb back through the field when the two cars spun ahead of me.
“Even though the car didn’t drive the same, we never gave up as a team and we were able to bounce back from a tough start to the year with a top-10 finish.
“The main priority though is the guys on my Win-Tron Racing team. I’m glad they are okay, and we’ll take this finish and move on to Talladega and see if we can get our GREE car back in Victory Lane.”
Next Up: General Tire 200 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Fri., April 27.
For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.comor like him on Facebook. Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.
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Credit: Win-Tron Racing