Gus Dean Lucas Oil Raceway Box Score Results
Gus Dean, No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Lucas Oil Raceway / Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200
Box Score Report
Race No. 11 of 20
Finished: Sixth (6th)
Laps: 200 / 200
In his second ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start at Lucas Oil Raceway, Gus Dean earned a strong sixth place finish in this past Friday’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200.
In typical Gus Dean and Todd Myers form, the driver and crew chief combination refused to show their full capabilities during the lone practice session on Friday afternoon leaving the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products 11th overall in the rundown.
Trying to get the most out of his Win-Tron Racing race car in qualifying, Dean slipped during his ‘money lap’ in time trials, hurting his lap time and negotiating the 15th quickest lap overall.
As Dean has shown time and time again this season, a disappointing starting position had little effect on their race performance.
From the drop of the green flag, Dean steadily moved his way forward. With a solid No. 32 GREE Toyota, Dean found himself on the cusp of entering the top-10 by Lap 40 but found himself mired in traffic.
Still, Dean kept his competition in his sights.
When a caution just past the one-quarter mark of the race, Myers called in his driver to pit road for two tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment in hopes of combating a tight condition Dean was facing on-track.
A quick pit stop by the Win-Tron crew put Dean solidly in the top-10 for the restart.
Dropping back to ninth shortly after the restart, the Bluffton, S.C. native hustled his way to seventh by the halfway mark.
When the caution waved on Lap 124, Dean opted to stay out moving him up to fourth for the restart, but on older tires.
On the Lap 138 restart, Dean got ate alive by the competitors on fresher tires, quickly dropping Dean from fourth to 10th – but when the caution waved with about 55 laps remaining, Dean utilized that yellow flag to pit for his final four tires, a splash of gas and adjustment for the finish.
Rocketing from 11th on the restart, Dean in two laps utilizing the bottom lane moved back into fifth.
Trying to catch the cars ahead of him, the caution waved on Lap 174 for weather with Dean idled in fifth.
On the restart with 12 laps remaining, Dean lost two positions to Dalton Sargeant and Chad Finley who had fresher tires, but was able to pass Zane Smith during the final stretch to finish sixth and collect his ninth consecutive top-10 finish in a row.
Unofficially, Dean vaults to fourth in the championship standings, 10 points behind third place competitor Riley Herbst.
“I can’t thank GREE and Win-Tron Racing enough for the opportunity to drive these fast race cars.
“We had a good car at the end of the race, just didn’t have tires or time to make a dent to get back inside the top-five. The car was good, but we made it better as the race went along and we gained some much-needed points on the competition.
“I’ll take sixth after the disappointment of Iowa and look to head back to Pocono and hope we can make it back-to-back top-fives.”
- Gus Dean finished sixth in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in his second ARCA Racing Series race at the Clermont, Ind.-based short track. In 2016, Dean finished ninth after starting 15th.
- In 11 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races this season Dean has logged four top-five and nine top-10 finishes, including a season-high second at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in April.
- Dalton Sargeant won the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 followed by Michael Self (second), Chad Finley (third), Austin Theriault (fourth) and Sheldon Creed (fifth).
Next Race: ModSpace 150 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Fri, July. 28.
For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.com or like him on Facebook.
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Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.
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.