OREGON, Wisc. – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards SCOTT Rookie of the Year leader Gus Dean (@gusdean) heads to Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway on the strength of three consecutive top-five finishes and hopes to make it four in Friday night’s Montgomery Ward 200.
Last weekend at Michigan International Speedway, the Bluffton, S.C. native looked assured a podium finish in the Irish Hills, but a blown tire exiting Turn 2 on the last lap sent the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota from third to fifth.
Not all was lost though, as Dean wrestled his bruised car to its sixth top-10 finish of 2017.
“I’m extremely proud of this Win-Tron Racing team,” said Dean. “Our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota was stout that last run and we were able to get a lot of spots. We fought the battles of Michigan and it’s going to make us stronger in the long run.”
Returning to short track form for the fifth time this season, Dean knows his team’s short track program led by crew chief Todd Myers is one of the strongest in the garage. Outside of a mechanical failure at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in April, Dean has posted a second, seventh and fifth in his last three outings.
Armed with the same No. 32 GREE Toyota that finished second at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in April and most recently fifth on the tight and treacherous Elko (Minn.) Speedway, Dean looks to Friday night’s as an opportunity to keep the team’s momentum rocking entering the halfway point of the season.
“Our season didn’t get started off too well with getting collected in a wreck at Daytona and had a mechanical failure at Nashville,” sounded Dean. “Since then though we’ve been working extremely hard to make sure our program gets stronger with every passing week and race. “We still have some work to do, but we’re marching forward and not backward. I want GREE back in Victory Lane so bad, hopefully, we can do that Friday night.”
Tightly fitted in a current race for third in the championship standings, Dean says his team is focused on performances.
With strong results, they know the points will tally.
“I don’t consider us out of this championship yet,” added Dean. “We’re not going to go down though without a fight. We just gotta keep top-fiving them and see what happens.
“Just like every full-time team, we’re keeping an eye on it. There’s going to be a lot of wild card races coming up this summer that could open the door for us to gain a lot of ground. At the end of the day, we just want to put ourselves in a good spot for finishes and hopefully, the points will take care of themselves.”
In 15 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 five top-five and nine top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.
The Montgomery Ward 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the ninth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 23 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 in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).
Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.
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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.