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

TALLADEGA, Ala.

Fresh off a second-place finish in this past Sunday afternoon’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Gus Dean treks to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where the driver of the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry looks to defend his race title from last April.

In just his second-career start, Dean steered his No. 98 GREE Chevrolet from the outside pole to his first career win in a dramatic finish edging out Josh Williams for the trophy. Dean’s thrilling victory naturally helped seal GREE’s commitment to a full ARCA Racing Series season in 2017 with Win-Tron Racing.

A little more than 12 months later, Dean is set to return to the 2.66-mile superspeedway and hope magic strikes twice and delivers his second-career victory in Friday afternoon’s race.

“Talladega means so much to me, I don’t think anyone could ever understand,” said Dean. “We had a great car last year and put ourselves in a good place to win the race. This year, we have that same mentality and hopefully, it all works out.”

The Bluffton, S.C.-native isn’t superstitious or anything, but since Daytona, the 22-year-old has been looking at numbers, coincidences and even routines all hoping it will lead to success on Talladega’s high banks this week.

In the season-opening race, Dean suffered his second straight accident at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with the incidents looking nearly identical to each other from 2016 to 2017. The next superspeedway race, Dean ended up in Victory Lane.

Dean also looks at the number “2.” A second-place finish at Salem Speedway in his track debut on Sunday afternoon was his best finish of the season after a rough start to the year at Daytona and Nashville. Starting second at Talladega last year, Dean hopes finishing second at Salem will mean he’ll finish first in the 76-lap race Friday.

And finally routine. Dean is doing a lot of what he did in 2016. From appearances to certain decals on the car, Dean is rolling the dice – hoping it will all pay off with Win-Tron Racing’s first victory since Brandon McReynolds at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2012.

“It can’t hurt,” said Dean of his superstitious strategies. “I had a lot of luck, I listened to my spotter Tyler (Green) and was fortunate to have people behind me that believed in me. I’m finding myself in that same position this year. I’m looking forward to the week and hoping the Lord will bless us with another good and safe race.”

For Talladega, the team has rebuilt their No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry that was destroyed following a Lap 49 incident at Daytona. Dean knows the car had natural raw speed and is hopeful it will have the same again.

“I was laying back when we got taken out at Daytona,” offered Dean. “Our No. 32 GREE Toyota was fast, we just found ourselves at the wrong place at the wrong time. This week at Talladega, we’ve got a game plan and I like it. Hopefully, it pays off in a big way.”

Before his activities on Friday at Talladega, Dean and a host of other ARCA Racing Series drivers will visit the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Ala. on Thursday, May 4 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Like Daytona, Dean will carry the GREE onboard camera for Friday’s anticipated thriller.

In 10 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 four top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

The General Tire 200 (76 laps / 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., May 5 with an hour and a 50-minute practice session planned from 8:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. General Tire pole group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m., with the race set to take the green flag shortly thereafter at 5:00 p.m.  ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the weekend’s activities, while the race will be live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). All times are local (Central).

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 rallies for runner-up finish at Salem Speedway

SALEM, Ind.

Early into Sunday afternoon’s running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway it appeared that Gus Dean (@gusdean) bad luck would stretch into round three of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, but the Bluffton, S.C. native refused to go down without a fight.

After another car made contact with Dean’s No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry less than 20 laps into Sunday afternoon’s race, the 22-year-old driver put on a show rallying back from the setback to finish second behind race winner Dalton Sargeant.

“Such an unbelievable day,” said Dean who also scored SCOTT rookie of the race honors in his first top-five effort of the year. “We had an unfortunate incident early in the race when we got spun and were trapped a lap down. Still, I knew we had a good car. We never got discouraged and it showed.”

After the spin, the South Carolinian was forced to pit for four fresh tires and fuel. From there, the march from 17th to the front was on.

Uncharacteristic for Salem, the third race of the season settled into a long green-flag run. Dean and his Win-Tron Racing didn’t complain of the green flag stretch, however, as Dean was able to execute on the fresh rubber to cleverly maneuver through the field and climb into the top-10 approaching the halfway mark.

Still green, teams ahead of Dean’s No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry were forced to utilize varying pit strategies as their tires diminished with Dean reaping the benefits of tire conservation, moving inside the top-five by Lap 120.

When the second and final caution waived 12 laps later at Lap 132, Dean found himself third in the running order and at that time, the only car one lap in the arrears. With the call for two tires, fuel and two rounds down on the track bar to combat a loose race car, Dean restarted third on Lap 140 and moved into the runner-up spot position by Lap 180.

Without a caution and turning lap times as fast and even sometimes faster than the race leader, Dean ran out of laps to get his opportunity to get back on the lead lap, but took the checkered flag second to earn his second top-five of his young ARCA career.

Gus Dean rallies for runner-up finish at Salem Speedway

On Saturday, crew chief Todd Myers elected to work on race setup instead of throwing up a quick lap in qualifying trim. The strategy lined up Dean 13th on the starting grid, but the Win-Tron Racing development driver said Myers plan nearly worked to perfection.

“Todd and Kevin (Cywinski, car owner) gave me a bad to the bone race car,” Dean added. “We really needed this as a team. And we needed this finish for GREE and their supporters. They’ve stood behind us no questions asked after Daytona and Nashville. I can’t wait to get to Talladega this week.”

Following Dean’s best finish as a Win-Tron Racing driver, the ARCA Racing Series now shifts their attention to the second and final restrictor plate race of the season where Dean plans to defend his General Tire 200 trophy – where he scored his first career victory in dramatic fashion last April.

“The boys have put our Daytona car back together and she looks great,” said Dean. “We’re excited to get to Talladega and see if we can make it back-to-back wins. I know the team is going to give me a car capable of doing that, we just need to have a little of that racing luck again on Friday afternoon.”

In 10 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 four top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

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 rallies for runner-up finish at Salem Speedway

Despite cold ARCA start; Gus Dean, Win-Tron Racing full steam ahead to Salem Speedway

SALEM, Ind. –

Riding the wave of momentum from a strong weekend in Las Vegas competing in INEX Legends Car competition, Gus Dean (@gusdean) turns his attention towards Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, site of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.

Despite an unexpectedly slow start to the season aboard the No. 32 GREE Heating and Cooling Toyota Camry, Dean’s Win-Tron Racing prepared cars have been fast in the opening two rounds at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville respectively, giving the Mooresville, N.C.-based team high hopes for the third race of the season.

“I can’t wait to get to Salem this weekend,” said Dean, a SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate. “Yes, Daytona and Nashville haven’t turned out like we hoped, but we’ve have extremely fast GREE Toyotas and that’s been our motivation. Salem, I know will be no different this weekend.”

Even though Dean, 22, doesn’t have any prior experience at Salem’s historic half-mile bullring, he participated in a private test last week, where Dean quickly got up to speed with Salem’s unique characteristics in a hurry and turned some very competitive lap times.

“We’re really happy with the way the test went,” Dean mentioned. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. I heard a lot about Salem from Todd (Myers, crew chief) and Kevin (Cywinski, team owner), but I couldn’t wait to experience it on my own. I quickly learned you have to have respect for the place, but once you accept that and get comfortable, it’s a lot of fun.

“We tested with our Nashville car. We know what happened with our rear track bar mount, so hopefully, that won’t happen again. The car was fast and responded well to changes – so I’m looking forward to finishing what we started at Nashville this weekend.”

Sunday’s race though is more than just about a good finish, Dean wants to put on a good finish for his marketing partner, GREE who is sponsoring his No. 32 Toyota for the full 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.

“We haven’t had that many cool finishes for GREE,” said Dean. “We’re going to change that. They’ve been our biggest supporter. They’re very proud to be a sponsor in the ARCA Racing Series and with Win-Tron Racing. They see that Todd and Kevin are putting cars capable of winning races on the track and they know that’s all they can ask for. We’re due for a good finish and hopefully that comes Sunday.”

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, they’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.

GREE will be joined by its master distributor for the US market, Tradewinds Climate Systems, as well as a number of their regional wholesalers, salespeople, and most importantly, fellow race fans. The company, which ranked 385th in Forbes’ Global 2000 possesses 18,000 active patents for products sold in 160 countries.

Through two races though Dean realizes that the ARCA field is filled with stout cars and fast drivers, but the avid Late Model racer embraces the competition.

“The better competition, the better of the show it is for the fans and the sponsors,” he said. “At Nashville, you had 12 to 15 cars that really had an opportunity to be competitive and put themselves in contention for the win. We’re proud to be a part of that group.

“I expect much of the same this weekend at Salem and marching on. It’s a great time to compete in the ARCA Racing Series right now and we look to add GREE’s name to the party.”

While gunning for the ARCA Racing Series driver’s championship this season, Dean has also registered to be a SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate aboard the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry.

In nine ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second career start at Talladega Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has one top-five and three top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 (200 laps / 111 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr 29 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag the following day, Apr. 30 shortly after 2:15 p.m. ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the weekend’s activities, while the race will be tape-delayed on MAVTV. All times are local (Eastern).

 

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.

Mechanical failure robs Gus Dean; GREE of strong finish at Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

A strong run in Saturday night’s Music City 200 presented by Azure Foundation at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville for Win-Tron Racing driver Gus Dean was thwarted just past the halfway mark in the second ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race of the season.

Dean in his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry was racing for a top-five position when the rear track bar mount broke forcing the Bluffton, S.C. native to make an unscheduled pit stop under green flag conditions where the team had to take their car behind the wall for repairs.

The 22-year-old later returned to the race 34 laps down and finished 23rd.

“Man, this is unfortunate,”

Dean said following the Music City 200. “The guys at Win-Tron Racing brought me a really fast GREE car and we were just biding our time and then I started to feel something weird and knew something was wrong and had to bring the car to pit road.

“The guys were able to get our GREE car fixed, but we gave up any hope for a good finish. We’ll get back together at the shop, learn from this and rebound. It’s early in the season and we refuse to give up.”

After practicing 11th quick earlier in the day, Dean and interim crew chief Kevin Cywinski made some adjustments to improve the handling of the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. In time trials, Dean posted the eighth quickest lap, picking up nearly three-tenths of a second from his fastest lap in practice.

When the green flag dropped, Dean quickly rose to seventh, but faded back to eighth where he hovered inside the top-10 until he joined the leaders on pit road nearing Lap 50.

With a two-tire stop, adjustments and a load of Sunoco Racing fuel, Dean made a significant charge on the restart and maintained his presence in the top-seven until the track bar failure at Lap 102.

Improving on his 32nd place finish at Daytona International Speedway, the Win-Tron Racing team will charge to Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Apr. 30 for the running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.

Dean will make his ARCA debut at the historic half-mile oval.

“Everyone at GREE deserves to see us finishing strong,” added Dean. “We’ve had speed the first two races, just rotten luck. Hopefully, we’ll get the monkey off our back and start focusing on contending for race wins in a few weeks. I want to thank Dave (Pearson), Tim (McDonald) and everyone at GREE for allowing me to represent them. We’ll get it turned around.”

While gunning for the ARCA Racing Series driver’s championship this season, Dean has also registered to be a SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate aboard the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry.

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

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.

 

Mechanical failure robs Gus Dean; GREE of strong finish at Nashville

Mechanical failure robs Gus Dean; GREE of strong finish at Nashville
Mechanical failure robs Gus Dean; GREE of strong finish at Nashville

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 seeks redemption to ARCA season at Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

With Daytona behind him, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Gus Dean (@GusDean) heads to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville looking to rebound and earn a strong finish in Saturday night’s Music City 200 presented by Azure Foundation.

Cutting his teeth on grassroots short track racing should benefit the Bluffton, S.C. native this weekend, but while experience is often a sweetener, it’s never a guarantee.

Dean aboard his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry for Win-Tron Racing vows to make his experience work.

“I’ve been ready for Nashville since the day after Daytona,”

said Dean.

“I have a great team, an awesome sponsor and a fast race car ready to get on the track and do work. More importantly, while I know we’ll have the speed in our GREE Toyota, we need to have a good recovery from the mishap at Daytona.”

While running inside the top-12 at Daytona, contact from another competitor sent Dean into the wall and out of the race.

Last year, Dean suffered a similar incident. The very next race for Dean at Talladega, he went to Victory Lane.

And while Dean will be negotiating a historic half-mile bullring on Saturday night compared to Talladega’s 2.66-mile monster, the 22-year-old would be fulfilled with the same result.

“Winning is what we’re here to do, but it’s never easy, no matter what series you run,” explained Dean. “I have a lot to embrace. A lot to experience and yes even a lot to learn – but I’m surrounded by great people who I know want the best for me and plan to help me succeed.”

In their attempt to succeed with his fourth career top-10 finish in ARCA competition, Dean and his Todd Myers led team really participated in an private test session at the 0.5-mile oval, where despite combating brake issues, the team was satisfied with the overall results.

“The test went pretty good, I was happy,” offered Dean. “With every lap I turn, I’m learning more about these composite cars and my Win-Tron Racing team. They want to win as bad as I do. They’ve been working on our car ever since the test and they really feel confident in what it can do.

“I have experience at Nashville, but nothing in a heavier ARCA car. Still, the fundamentals of racing at Nashville are the same. I’m hoping that my prior experience at Nashville will pay off and we’ll be in good shape when the checkered flag waves. Everyone at GREE deserves that.”

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, they’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.

GREE will be joined by its master distributor for the US market, Tradewinds Climate Systems, as well as a number of their regional wholesalers, salespeople, and most importantly, fellow race fans. The company, which ranked 385th in Forbes’ Global 2000 possesses 18,000 active patents for products sold in 160 countries.

“The ARCA season is kinda slow to get going, but once we get into a good steady routine we have a lot of cool things planned,” sounded Dean. “I can’t wait to share them with everyone and I can’t thank GREE enough for opportunity to represent them and put our No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry on track.”

While gunning for the ARCA Racing Series driver’s championship this season, Dean has also registered to be a SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate aboard the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry.

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

The Music City 200 presented by Azure Foundation (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr 8 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later that night shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (Central).

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.

gus dean gree racing

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.