Hard fought effort rewards Gus Dean with top-five finish in Elko debut

ELKO, Minn. 

Wrestling his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry, Gus Dean (@gusdean) managed to vault from his 11th place starting position to finish fifth in Saturday night’s Shore Lunch 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

The finish was Dean’s second top-five and fourth consecutive top-10 finish aboard the Win-Tron Racing prepared Toyota. Since Salem Speedway in April, the Bluffton, S.C. native has finished no worse than seventh.

During Saturday’s one-day show at Elko Speedway, Dean struggled to find the balance of his No. 32 GREE Toyota under the sweltering sun causing his automobile to be tight center and loose off producing the 10th quickest time in practice.

In qualifying, the problem continued forcing Dean to qualify 11th for the sixth race of the season.

Conversing amongst team owner Kevin Cywinski and crew chief Todd Myers and Dean, the trio believed that as the sun began to set over the 3/8-mile short track, the handling on their No. 32 GREE Toyota would improve putting them in contention for a strong finish.

They were right.

Steadily maneuvering from his 11th place starting spot, Dean would waste little time knocking inside the top-10 by Lap 15.

As the race progressed, Dean moved forward.

By Lap 60, he found himself eighth.

By Lap 75, Dean was on pit road for tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat a tight center and loose off.

On the restart, Dean propelled himself from eighth to sixth and was contending Cole Anderson for fifth when a caution waved a few laps later.

Just past the halfway mark, Dean was lurking in sixth – but quickly found himself in the top-five by Lap 140 and then a race-high fourth two laps later when the caution waved for a spin on the racetrack.

Still hovering inside the top half dozen with 75 laps left, Dean utilized a caution on Lap 193 for some more General Tire rubber, fuel and another chassis for the finish.

Gus Dean; GREE ride momentum to Elko Speedway debut

Restarting eighth, Dean muscled his way through the field and found himself back to sixth when the caution waved with eight laps to go.

A Lap 246 restart saw Dean put up a gallant fight for a top-five and despite getting knocked out of the way by another competitor with two laps to go, Dean sifted through a last lap crash to finish fifth for his best finish since a runner-up at Salem Speedway on Apr 23.

“I’m really proud my Win-Tron Racing team,”

said Dean. “We struggled to get the car rotating through the corner, but we never gave up. A couple changes and a little short track luck and we came away with a top-five finish for GREE.

“We keep riding this momentum train and we’re going to take these strong finishes and it won’t be long before we’re up there battling it out for the win. We made some huge gains over the last few weeks and I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks.”

In 13 ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has three top-five and seven top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is an open test at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway test on Wed., June 7 in preparation for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 from the 2.5-mile triangle on June 9. Dean has one prior start at the “Tricky Triangle” last August.

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.

To learn more about GREE Racing and their expansion into Motorsports, please hop on GREERacing.com or follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

About GREE:

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, we’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world. Based in Zhuhai, China, GREE is now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in

“Race City USA.”

Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

 

Gus Dean set to defend Talladega ARCA title in General Tire 200

Gus Dean; GREE ride momentum to Elko Speedway debut

ELKO, Minn.

After a rough start to his 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, driver Gus Dean and his Win-Tron Racing have soldiered to three consecutive top-10 finishes entering Saturday night’s Shore Lunch 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

Finishes of second at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, sixth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and a seventh two weeks ago at Toledo Speedway have propelled the Bluffton, S.C. native from a season-low 32nd in the series standings to his current placement of fourth after five races.

The team’s hard work led by veteran crew chief Todd Myers has also leaped Dean to the top of the ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year standings by a mere two points over fellow competitor and friend Bret Holmes.

Looking to ride the momentum train for another weekend, Dean heads to Elko Speedway for his track debut at a tight and combative 3/8-mile short track hoping for another strong finish, but more importantly, his second career ARCA win.

“It’s been a good couple weeks for us,”

said Dean.

“We’ve been working hard at the shop and at the racetrack to keep our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota in contention. We’ve been solid and we’re improving each week. We’re five races in and I’m happy with the direction that we’re going.”

Known for his short track craft around the east coast, Dean is hoping that his niche for tight quarters and hard side-by-side racing will prove to be beneficial for his 13th career ARCA start.

“I love racing in general, but I’ve built my career on short track racing,”

Dean added. “I’ve never been to Elko, but I’ve heard a lot about it and it’s also considered one of the hometown tracks for my car owner Kevin (Cywinski), so I’m leaning on him a bunch this weekend.

“I’d like to think with his guidance and the setup that we’re going with – we’re one of the favorites for Saturday night’s race.”

Cywinski, once considered a short track phenom in the Midwest says he’s looking forward to seeing ARCA return to the grassroots of Elko and feels that Dean will adapt quickly to the track’s unique layout.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Elko this weekend,”

offered Cywinski. “I certainly have a lot of memories there and we’ll have a lot of friends and family to cheer us on. Gus has been incredibly focused and I think his eagerness to contend for race wins will be to our advantage on Saturday.

Gus Dean; GREE ride momentum to Elko Speedway debut

“I know we’re bringing a good car and hopefully like Gus said we can keep our finishes pointed in the right direction.”

With much of the season still on the horizon, 22-year-old Dean feels his nod to compete for the championship title is still realistic.

“We’re not giving up yet,” says Dean.

“It’s what GREE signed up to do and it’s the one thing I’ve dreamed about since knowing I was going to compete in ARCA full time. We have a great team with a lot of determined guys and some brand news cars that will get on track soon and I’m hoping that will be enough to keep us moving up the points ladder and maybe even eventually the top.”

In 12 ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has two top-five and six top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

The Shore Lunch 250 (250 laps / 94 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., June 3 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later that night shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (CT).

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.

To learn more about GREE Racing and their expansion into Motorsports, please hop on GREERacing.com or follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

About GREE:

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, we’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world. Based in Zhuhai, China, GREE is now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

 

Gus Dean set to defend Talladega ARCA title in General Tire 200

Gus Dean; Win-Tron Racing solid seventh with GREE Toyota at Toledo Speedway

TOLEDO, Ohio

Fighting back from late race adversity, Gus Dean (@gusdean) in his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry finished a solid seventh in Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.

The finish was Dean’s third consecutive top-10 finish in five races aboard the Kevin Cywinski-owned machine.

“We had a solid day and that’s what we need to have with our No. 32 GREE Toyota to stay in the championship fight,”

said Dean.

“Our GREE Toyota was really good at the end of the race, we just ran out of laps to get a better finish. We’ll keep digging.”

During practice on Saturday, crew chief Todd Myers focused on their race pace with the Bluffton, S.C., putting little emphasis on their qualifying run. The strategy put Dean 11th quickest overall.

For the third time this season, Mother Nature forced ARCA to cancel series qualifying with the Menards 200 lineup set by practice speeds Saturday afternoon.

Ready to go racing just after 2:00 p.m., Mother Nature doused the track with a heavy rain shower delaying the fifth race of the season for nearly an hour. Strapped in and ready to roll, the event took the green flag a short time later with Dean minding his manners and hovering just outside the top-10 during the early stages of the race.

Approaching Lap 40, Dean muscled his way inside the top-10 only to be stalled when the caution flag waved for a spin on the frontstretch. Reporting a tight No. 32 GREE Toyota, Myers brought his SCOTT Rookie driver to pit road for two tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to loosen the race car.

Quickly following the Lap 51 restart, Dean reported to his crew that felt like he was losing power dropping him to 10th in the running order. A few laps later, the field was frozen under caution again with the 22-year-old reporting the engine issue appeared to resolve itself.

While sitting 10th, Myers took the yellow for a chance to bring his driver back to pit road for fuel and adjustments.

Restarting 13th, Dean fired off well and despite only getting a few laps in, he reported that his GREE Toyota was handling much better.

By Lap 85, the Win-Tron Racing development driver rocketed to ninth and passed Vinnie Miller shortly before the halfway mark to eighth where he remained thereafter.

A caution nearing Lap 120 allowed Dean to pit for four tires, another chassis adjustment and a half can of Sunoco Racing fuel aligning himself ninth for the restart.

A lap after the Lap 130 restart, Dean found himself trying to avoid the slowing car of Austin Nemire when he turned down on Dean into Turn 3 and the contact shoved both race cars up the racetrack, collecting Shane Lee in the process.

With damage to the right front and side of Dean’s Toyota, the 2016 ARCA Talladega winner pitted for repairs and restarted 13th.

GREE look to continue ARCA momentum at Toledo Speedway

Throughout the race’s final 56 laps, Dean methodically worked from the back of the pack and passed former Snowball Derby champion Christian Eckes for seventh inside the final 10 laps of the race to claim his second consecutive top-10 finish at the iconic half-mile short track.

“The crash with Austin and Shane was a bad deal,”

offered Dean. “The No. 10 car literally stopped on the backstretch and I had to go low and then I felt like he drove me down to the grass in Turn 3. I know Shane’s car was destroyed. He’s my buddy and one of my best friends on the ARCA scene. I’m glad he’s OK.

“Once we could get our No. 32 GREE Toyota handling the way we wanted too, I felt like we really had something for the top-five. We’ll get the car fixed up and take her to Elko. It’s a good piece and Elko is Kevin’s stomping grounds. We expect to go there and do well. Just want to thank the team and GREE for their support. Without them, I would not be here.”

Unofficially, Dean’s finish on Sunday propelled him inside the top-five in the championship standings ahead of the June 3 running of the Shore Lunch 250 at Elko (Wisc.) Speedway. Dean will make his debut at the 3/8-mile short track.

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.

To learn more about GREE Racing and their expansion into Motorsports, please hop on GREERacing.com or follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

About GREE:

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, we’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world. Based in Zhuhai, China, GREE is now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

 

Gus Dean set to defend Talladega ARCA title in General Tire 200

Gus Dean; GREE look to continue ARCA momentum at Toledo Speedway

TOLEDO, Oh.

With the strength of two consecutive top-six finishes in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Gus Dean (@gusdean) treks north to Toledo Speedway looking for another strong finish in Sunday afternoon’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

A runner-up performance in the most recent short track race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway followed with a hard-fought sixth place result in the most recent event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Dean returns to Toledo looking to put his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry in contention for his second career ARCA win.

“I’m ready,” said Dean who has climbed 32nd in the championship standings to sixth during the first four races. “We have some really good momentum the last pair of races and we’re heading to Toledo knowing we can continue that trend on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m excited that we’re bringing the same car that we finished second with at Salem. Todd (Myers, crew chief) feels that the same speed that we had in our No. 32 GREE Toyota there we can keep for the race on Sunday.

“Toledo is a neat race track. I learned a lot last year and I hope with what I learned and what we have to work with, good things will happen.”

Last May, Dean qualified 12th and rallied from an early-race spin to post a lead lap seventh place finish.

While a top-10 performance is gratifying for any ARCA competitor, the Bluffton, S.C.-native wants more.

“We know that we have some good cars at Win-Tron Racing,”

added Dean. “I’m spending a lot of time in the shop seeing what the cars are building and I’m excited about the heart of the ARCA schedule. Last year, I was plenty satisfied leaving Toledo with a top-10 finish and even though we didn’t test there, I feel confident in our ability to go there and run well.

“At Toledo, you need to really be able to roll out of the corner. There’s room to pass on the frontstretch and backstretch, but in and out of the corners is where you can really set up for a pass. I know we’ll work hard on the setup for practice and then turn our attention towards the race.  Anything less than a top-five (finish) this year and I’ll be disappointed. Everyone at Win-Tron and GREE deserves that.”

For Sunday’s fifth race of the season, Dean’s No. 32 GREE Toyota will look a little slightly different.

Showing their support and dedication towards Autism awareness, the team’s car will carry puzzle pieces pledging their support.

On a nationwide level, the puzzle piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also, since every puzzle piece is different in some way, a puzzle piece accurately represents the diversity of the individuals affected.

“To show our support towards Autism awareness is something that’s very important to us,” said Dean. “I really appreciate GREE letting us utilize the extra space on the car to show our support and encourage others to do the same throughout the year.”

For Sunday’s anticipated thriller, Dean will carry the Valvoline onboard camera.

In 11 ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has two top-five and five top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the fifth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 20 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag the following day on May 21 shortly after 2:00 p.m. The event will be same-day taped delayed on FS1 (FOX Sports 1) at 5:00 p.m., while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the weekend’s activities. All times are local (ET).

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.

To learn more about GREE Racing and their expansion into Motorsports, please hop on GREERacing.com or follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

About GREE:

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, we’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world. Based in Zhuhai, China, GREE is now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

Gus Dean set to defend Talladega ARCA title in General Tire 200

Gus Dean a strong sixth in Talladega Superspeedway return

TALLADEGA, Ala.

 While Win-Tron Racing driver Gus Dean (@gusdean) couldn’t repeat and score back-to-back victories in the General Tire 200, however, the driver of the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry drafted to a hard-fought sixth place finish in the postponed ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race.

With Mother Nature soaking the 2.66-mile superspeedway for most of the day on Friday, track and series officials opted to postpone the 76-lap race until Saturday afternoon following Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

Earlier in the day, teams were allotted a short 30-minute practice session, where crew chief Todd Myers top agenda was to make sure the car didn’t have any significant tire rubs and the Bluffton, S.C. native was comfortable behind the wheel.

General Tire pole group qualifying was canceled because of inclement weather putting the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products 22nd on the starting grid based on 2016 owner points for Win-Tron Racing.

From the drop of the green flag, Dean was methodically on the prowl, keeping his car tightly packed into the lead draft – at moments in the high lane and others in the low lane, Dean steadily used his drafting experience to maneuver through the field.

When a debris caution put the field under caution on Lap 25, Dean found himself comfortably inside the top-15. Electing to pit with the rest of the lead lap cars, Dean stopped for fuel only, which put the No. 32 GREE Toyota inside the top-10 for the restart.

Continuing to march forward with guidance from veteran Cup spotter Tyler Green above, Dean masterfully guided through the dreaded “Big One” on Lap 37 when several cars ahead made contact and triggered a red flag. After the clean-up, Dean sat fifth.

On the restart, the 22-year-old utilized momentum to pull forward and was third with another debris caution waived approaching Lap 50.

Tucked up behind close friend Shane Lee, the two drivers settled into their own pace, riding 1-2 for several laps, before a gaggle of cars hooked up and made the top lane work, shuffling Lee and Dean through the pack.

Running out of laps, Dean was shuffled to 12th, but with a relentless effort, Dean side-drafted his way back to eighth on the white flag lap when a caution waved for an accident on the backstretch.

With ARCA rules stating any race event must end under green flag conditions, the team would get at least one more shot to improve their position.

When the green and white flag waived together on Lap 81, Dean picked off one more spot to claim his second top-10 finish of the season.

“A good day for GREE and Win-Tron Racing,” said Dean. “We had a pretty good car and I thought for a while there we were in good position to battle it out for the win, but we just couldn’t get the right drafting partners together there at the end to make it back-to-back wins.

“Still, I’m really proud of my guys. We had to fight through the pack and once we got into the top-10, we stayed there. I appreciate their hard work and look forward to taking this momentum to Toledo Speedway in a few weeks.”

In 11 ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has two top-five and five top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is a stop in ARCA’s hometown track, the half-mile oval of Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Oho for the Menards 200 on Sunday, May 21. Last year, Dean finished seventh after starting 12th.

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.

To learn more about GREE Racing and their expansion into Motorsports, please hop on GREERacing.com or follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

About GREE:

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, we’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world. Based in Zhuhai, China, GREE is now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

 

Gus Dean set to defend Talladega ARCA title in General Tire 200