Pocono Raceway | General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Race Recap
Team: No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet
Driver: Gus Dean (@gusdean)
Crew Chief: Jamie Jones
Finish: Sixth; Running (80 | 80 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Eighth
Unofficial Owner Points Position: 13th
Follow the Team: @gusdean; @GREE_Racing; @WinTronRacing
Quick Recap: Continuing to showcase the speed he had in his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet SS earlier this week in testing at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Gus Dean and his Win-Tron Racing overcame adversity in Friday afternoon’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 to earn a season-high sixth place finish.
With practice axed because of inclement weather, teams were given their qualifying window to take to the 2.5-mile triangle as their quick 50-minute practice session allowing Dean and crew chief Jamie Jones the opportunity to dial in their GREE Racing machine.
During their mock qualifying run, Dean found himself trapped behind a slower car forcing the Bluffton, S.C. native to jam on the brakes to avoid a collision. Still, Dean managed the sixth fastest time overall – putting him on the outside of row three for the seventh race of the 2018 season.
From the drop of the green flag, Dean methodically worked his way forward – putting his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet third by Lap 20.
Dean made his green flag pit stop on Lap 36 from second – only to see the caution flag wave a lap later. The yellow flag proved to be a huge break for the Win-Tron Racing team as the South Carolinian had to make a second trip down pit road to refuel his Chevrolet.
While on pit road, another car found itself in Dean’s pit stall. Somehow, Dean was able to get his car re-fueled while the other car continued to sit in Dean’s pit stall.
A frustrated driver left pit road baffled but on the lead lap and in seventh position.
On the restart, Dean charged back inside the top-five but two laps later lost control of his automobile in Turn 2 – lightly tapping the outside wall. Dean apologized for the crash, noting his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet was too loose.
With damage repair taking a short time, Dean restarted 14th and used a series of late race cautions to strategically maneuver himself back inside the top-10.
Hunting down on his competition out front, Dean passed Joe Graf Jr. for sixth coming to the white flag lap and held off the Chad Bryant Racing driver to earn his season-high performance at the 2.5-mile triangle and his third straight top-10 finish at the Tricky Triangle.
The effort was Dean’s second top-10 finish of the year, fourth top-15 finish and sixth top-20 result overall.
Gus Dean Quote:“Really proud of this Win-Tron Racing team. We had a bad fast No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet.
“Even though we fought some adversity during the race – both on the track and on pit road, we still managed to rebound from the mishaps and get a solid finish.
“Our cars are really fast and while we overcame some bad luck, I know that win right around the corner. I can’t thank Jamie (Jones, crew chief) and Kevin (Cywinski, team owner) enough for the opportunity to drive these race cars.
“And of course, Tradewinds, GREE and Baker Distributing for making all of this possible. We have some momentum and we can take that to Michigan and see if we can get a top-five finish – if not a win.”
Next Up: ZOMONGO 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Fri., June 8 live on MAVTV.
For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.com or like him on Facebook. Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.
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