BROOKLYN, Mich. – Notching their fifth consecutive top-10 and second straight top-five run this past weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Gus Dean and his Win-Tron Racing team head to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) looking to keep the momentum train rolling in Friday afternoon’s Corrigan Oil 200.
For the fourth time this season, the Bluffton, S.C. native will compete at a track he’s never been too – but as he’s shown throughout the year, the lack of inexperience isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Outside of a mechanical failure at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville where he was running inside the top-10, Dean posted top-five runs at Salem Speedway and Elko Speedway – tracks he had never seen before arriving on race weekend.
With the leadership of crew chief Todd Myers and armed with the same race car from Pocono, Dean believes his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry will showcase the same speed at Michigan he’s carried for the last month and a half.
“We’ve been really fast the last couple of weeks and we keep getting better and better,” said Dean. “I’m really happy with the performances of our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota. We’re making some headway in the point standings – so I’m really happy with the way things are going.
“We are running in the top-five – but now we want to start turning those into top-three (finishes). Once we do that, I know we’ll be on the cusp of winning. I feel really good about Michigan.”
The 22-year-old knows that a strong qualifying effort will help his traction moving forward during the race pace. For much of the season, Dean has been hindered in qualifying with four of them being canceled, including last Friday’s session at Pocono Raceway after Dean qualified second.
“Qualifying has been our achilles’ heel this season, especially last weekend,” added Dean. “We had such a strong car for qualifying and it showed. If we would have been able to start where we qualified – I think we would have contended for a stronger finish. We spent much of the race coming through the field from 14th.
“The great thing about our team is we know what we need to work on and we have a plan. If we can execute it well – we hope to contend for the pole on Friday afternoon.”
In between debriefing Pocono and studying Michigan, Dean competed in the first two races of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series competing in the INEX Legend Car Pro Series. After recovering from brake issues on opening night, he finished fourth on Tuesday night while negotiating a wet racetrack.
“I’m having a great time with these Legend Cars,” added Dean. “I appreciate the hard work of C.J. (d’addario) and everyone at 860 Motorsports. We had a tough night on Monday, but we fought back with a good result on Tuesday and we’ll see if we can’t climb the points and make a dent towards the Summer Shootout championship over the next few weeks.”
In 14 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 four top-five and eight top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.
The Corrigan Oil 200 (100 laps / 200 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., June 15 with a two-hour practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for race day, Fri., June 16 at 1:40 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 6:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 6:00 p.m., while ARCARacing.comwill stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (ET).
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.