Gus Dean scores back-to-back ARCA poles; grabs top-10 in Springfield return
Illinois State Fairgrounds | Allen Crowe 100 Race Recap
Team: No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet SS
Driver: Gus Dean (@gusdean)
Crew Chief: Jamie Jones (@jj_topofthebox)
Start: FIRST (second consecutive pole)
Finish: Seventh; Running (100 | 100 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Sixth | Unofficial Owner Points Position: 10th
Follow the Team: @gusdean; @GREE_Racing; @WinTronRacing
Quick Recap: Turning heads yet again in ARCA Racing Series competition on his 24th birthday, Gus Dean led the field to green in Sunday afternoon’s Allen Crowe 100 after netting his second consecutive General Tire pole award.
After practicing his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet inside the top-six during the lone practice session on Sunday morning, changes from crew chief Jamie Jones allowed Dean to edge competitor Zane Smith for the top starting spot in the first dirt race of the season.
Despite losing the lead early in the Allen Crowe 100, Dean settled into a comfortable position waiting for the right opportunity to work on his race car and make his presence known again.
Pitting from fourth at Lap 26, a strong pit stop by the Win-Tron Racing team allowed Dean to lead the field back to green.
Putting up a gallant battle at the front, Dean slipped to third where he remained throughout the event’s halfway point.
Making their final pit stop nearing the end of the race, Dean found himself having to climb from outside the top-10 in the later stages of the race to contend for a top-10 finish.
Moving back inside the top-10 with less than 10 laps remaining, Dean was poised to finish ninth – but when a caution waved with two laps to go, the Bluffton, S.C. native had one last opportunity to pick up a few positions for the finish.
Dean’s final restart was money as he was able to make quick work of competitors Kelly Kovski and Riley Herbst – taking the white flag seventh and finishing seventh and improving on his 11th place finish at the 1.0-mile dirt track from 2017.
From Springfield, Dean and members of his team participated in a test at Lucas Oil (Ind.) Raceway Park as the 24-year-old will participate in next month’s Speed 51 Super Select Invitational aboard his No. 56 Baker Distributing Co. | CAB Installers Chevrolet.
Gus Dean Quote: “I’m really proud of our Win-Tron Racing team. Once again, they brought me a fast No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet and I was thrilled to get our second pole of the year and lead some laps.
“During the race, I just couldn’t get the car to rotate the way I wanted and keep it on the bottom. We made an adjustment on our second stop and I think we were really going in the right direction, but just ran out of laps.
“No doubt our Springfield performance will make us better for our DuQuoin run here in a couple weeks. I want to get our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet back in Victory Lane before the end of the season.
“From Springfield, we turned our attention towards Lucas Oil Raceway with our Late Model and I was very encouraged with the speed of our Baker Distributing race car.
“We’ll look at our notes and make sure we’re in a good spot for our double-header weekend in September.”
Rescheduled Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway on Sat., Aug. 25.
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, we’re 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 Baker Distributing Company:
Founded in 1945, Baker Distributing Company (bakerdist.com) is engaged in the sales and distribution of HVAC, refrigeration and food service, equipment, parts and supplies for residential and commercial applications.
With over 200 locations in 22 states, each Baker Distributing Sales Center is staffed by the most knowledgeable and customer service-oriented people in our industry. With a complete inventory of HVAC/R products and technical assistance, our Sales Centers can provide you with the products and information you need to make your job and you more efficient.
About Win-Tron Racing:
Headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team entering its 11th season of Motorsports competition located in “Race City USA.”
Owned by former champion racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2018 with Bluffton, S.C. driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE | Baker Distributing Chevrolet.