Gus Dean Lucas Oil Raceway Box Score Results

Gus Dean ready to put GREE; Win-Tron Racing back in top-five at LOR

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

Stats:
Started: 15th
Finished: Sixth (6th)
Laps: 200 / 200
Status: Running

Quick Recap:

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.

Driver Quote:

“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.”

Event Notes:

  • 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.
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.

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Gus Dean ready to put GREE; Win-Tron Racing back in top-five at LOR

Gus Dean ready to put GREE; Win-Tron Racing back in top-five at LOR

CLERMONT, Ind.

Squeezing out his eighth consecutive top-10 finish of the season two weeks ago at Iowa Speedway, SCOTT Rookie of the Year leader Gus Dean (@gusdean) returns to Lucas Oil Raceway looking to earn his fifth top-five run in Friday night’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200.

In his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Iowa, Dean qualified his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota 11th but quickly hustled towards the front.

Racing inside the top-five with the checkered flag quickly approaching, Dean experienced a flat tire under green flag conditions sending the GREE Racing driver to pit road for a new tire. The setback plummeted him through the running order to 15th and two laps off the pace.

Over the final 40 laps of the race, however, Dean rallied to earn one of his lost laps back and climbed the running to 10th when the checkered flag flew.

Hoping the bad luck is behind him, the Win-Tron Racing development driver sets his sights on Lucas Oil Raceway hoping to earn his ninth consecutive top-10 finish.

“We’ve had some really fast No. 32 GREE Toyota Camrys the last couple of races, unfortunately, we don’t have the results to really show for it,” said Dean. “At Madison, we had a car capable of winning, but tire strategy worked against us. At Iowa, just cut down a tire and ran out of time to recover for a better finish.

“Through the bumps in the road, we’ve kept our eye on the prize and that’s bringing good enough cars to the race track where we can contend for wins. With a little luck, I think our first win is not too far off the horizon.”

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The 22-year-old driver returns to Lucas Oil Raceway looking to better his ninth-place result last July.

Dean qualified his GREE car 15th and despite being spun early in the race, he recovered to post his third top-10 finish during the 2016 season.

“I learned a lot about Lucas Oil last year,”

said Dean. “It originally was not a race on my schedule, but the opportunity came about to race and we did. I learned that you really need to have the car rotating off the corner so you can carry the speed on the straightaways.

“Todd (Myers, crew chief) has a good feel on where he wants to be for the race and we’ve spent a lot of time in the shop working to make our cars faster for the second half of the season. I’m really encouraged and can’t wait to see what kind of results we can put together.”

During the week off from competition, Dean spent time with his teammate Justin Fontaine and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self. On July 12, the three drivers bonded during a day of fun at Carowinds Amusement Park in Charlotte.

“We spend a lot of time together at the race track, so it was nice to get away from that scenery and just hang out and not really talk about racing – but discuss everyday stuff,”

added Dean.

“It was cool. I learned a lot more about Justin and Austin and we had a lot of fun. Definitely a good team-building moment.”

For the fifth time this season, Dean will carry the GREE onboard camera offering an exclusive look from aboard his Kevin Cywinski-owned machine.

In 17 career 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 11 top-10 finishes and has led 37 laps in ARCA competition.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 (200 laps / 137 miles) is the 11th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 21 with an hour and forty-five-minute practice session planned from 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 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 shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (ET).

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.

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Gus Dean hopes Win-Tron Racing leads him to success in Iowa Speedway debut

Gus Dean hopes Win-Tron Racing leads him to success in Iowa Speedway debut

NEWTON, Iowa

On the strength of seven consecutive top-10 finishes in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition, SCOTT Rookie of the Yearn leader Gus Dean (@gusdean) heads to the Midwest looking for another worthy performance in Saturday night’s Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway.

Dean, the driver of the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry has never been to Iowa Speedway before, but that doesn’t mean the Win-Tron Racing development driver has anything to be worried about.

“I can’t wait to get to Iowa this weekend,”

said GREE Racing driver Gus Dean.

“I heard it’s an extremely fun track with a lot of room to race. Todd and Mr. Kevin (Cywinski, team owner) have experience there, so I’m going to be leaning on them, but one thing is for sure. I know we’re going to be in good shape come race time.”

For the sixth time this season, the Bluffton, S.C. native will look to crew chief Todd Myers for guidance at a new track. Despite his inexperience at tracks of different configurations and driving styles, the 22-year-old has been impressive.

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, Elko Speedway and Michigan International Speedway – tracks he had never seen before arriving on race weekend.

The Bluffton, S.C. native looked assured another top-five run in his debut at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway two weeks ago, but a late race caution worked against the Mooresville, N.C. team leaving them with their seventh top-10 of the year with a ninth-place result.

“I had a blast at Madison,”

recalled Dean. “Our GREE Toyota really came to life, especially on the long runs. We were able to put ourselves in contention for the win, but after getting spun out earlier in the race – that late race caution allowed others to put on tires and we didn’t have any.

“That’s just how it goes sometimes. We really fought hard at the end of the race and were able to rack up another top-10 and lead some laps. I’m proud of that.”

Gus Dean hopes Win-Tron Racing leads him to success in Iowa Speedway debut

Still, momentum continues to rain on the GREE Racing team and it’s something that Dean hopes to stretch entering the second-half of the ARCA Racing Series season.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,”

said Dean. “This was a brand-new team when I arrived in mid-December.

“Very quickly, I’ve been able to build great friendships with the guys. That friendship has also meant their trust in me as a driver. We’ve had some GREE Toyotas this season. We’re focused on continuing to bring fast GREE Toyotas to the track and with that we’ll find ourselves in Victory Lane.

“There’s still a long way to go.”

For his Iowa Speedway debut, Dean will carry the General Tire in-car camera for the MAVTV broadcasted race. While the race won’t be televised live, it will be aired on a soon-to-be-announced broadcast date.

In 16 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 10 top-10 finishes and has led 37 laps in ARCA competition.

The Fans with Benefits 150 (132 laps / 150 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., July 8 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:15 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).

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.

 

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Gus Dean; Win-Tron Racing major player together in Madison debut despite finish

Gus Dean; Win-Tron Racing major player together in Madison debut despite finish

OREGON, Wisc. 

There’s the old saying in auto racing that sometimes a finish doesn’t equal your performance.

That’s spot on for Gus Dean and his Win-Tron Racing team after finishing ninth in Friday night’s Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway.

After practicing inside the top-10 during the one day show, Dean busted out the seventh quickest lap in qualifying and in typical Gus Dean fashion quickly from the drop of the green flag began marching his way forward.

Through his climb through the field though – Dean’s night would take an abrupt detour when while passing for fourth, the rookie car beneath him locked up his brakes and slid into Dean’s No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota sending him into a solo spin.

Even though Dean didn’t hit anything, the Bluffton, S.C. native was hard on the brakes trying to avoid the wall forcing his Win-Tron Racing to change all four General Tire tires much earlier than they anticipated.

On a charge through the field, Dean easily found himself back in the top-10 a few laps after the restart.

The field was paused a short time later by another incident on the track. While the rest of the lead lap cars opted to pit, Dean having to alter their pit strategy stayed out on the racetrack and inherited the lead on Lap 76.

With older tires, Dean would do a masterful job keeping Austin Theriault from claiming the top point, but with better grip at the time, Theriault would eventually take the lead from Dean roughly five laps after the restart.

Slipping back to fourth during the stage of green flag racing – Dean’s Toyota stayed consistent on older tires which guided him back past some of the competitors that passed him earlier.

Riding in second and hunting down race leader, the last thing the Mooresville, N.C. team wanted to see was a caution.

With 42 laps remaining, however, the yellow flag waved again putting the team into a corner knowing that while most teams had four fresh tires, they only had two because of the early race spin.

Trying to make most of the situation, Dean left pit road on two tires and again the race lead.

Racing resumed with Dean’s GREE car no match for the two additional fresher rubber tires behind him.

Still, Dean found himself tasked with trying to race hard and hang on to a top-10 finish.

He did, finishing ninth and claiming his seventh straight top-10 performance in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition. He also led 16 laps.

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“Man, we really had a bad fast No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota,”

said Dean. “It’s very unfortunate and extremely frustrating at the same time that we got taken out running fourth.

“That’s the second time this year we’ve been running good and had to alter our pit strategy because of being spun out.

“Just a bad deal.

“I feel like if we would have had those four tires at the end – we had a shot at Victory Lane. “We still have 11 more chances to do it this year and I want to thank Todd (Myers), Kevin (Cywinski) and all the guys on the Win-Tron Racing team for continuing to bring me fast cars.

“Also, thanks to GREE and all of their vendors and supporters for their faith in me to pilot this race car. I’m having a blast and I’m determined to get them a win before the end of the year.”

After a stretch of four consecutive races where Dean posted three top-fives and four top-10s, the series will take a week off from competition before returning to tour on July 8 at Iowa Speedway for the running of the Fans with Benefits 150.

In 16 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 10 top-10 finishes and has led 37 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.

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Gus Dean; Win-Tron Racing looking for another “GREET” finish in Madison debut

Gus Dean; Win-Tron Racing looking for another “GREET” finish in Madison debut

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.

Looking at the misfortune in a positive way, Dean heads to another new track for the fifth time in 2017 eyeing his second career ARCA victory and first with Win-Tron Racing.

“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.”

Gus Dean; Win-Tron Racing looking for another “GREET” finish in Madison debut

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).

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.

 

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On a roll, Gus Dean; GREE Racing head to the Irish Hills

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.”

On a roll, Gus Dean; GREE Racing head to the Irish Hills

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. 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.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (ET).

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.

 

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Solid test propels Gus Dean; GREE Racing to Pocono Raceway return

LONG POND, Pa.

On the heels of their fourth consecutive top-10 finish this past weekend at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, Gus Dean treks to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in search of not only another top-10 finish, but his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory in Friday evening’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200.

With a quick turnaround from the shortest track on the circuit to one of the longest, the team made a speedy return to their Mooresville, N.C. race shop.

In a span of fewer than 24 hours, they switched out their No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camrys and made roughly the nine-hour trip to the Tricky Triangle for an open-test at the 2.5-mile speedway Wednesday.

Mother Nature, however, soaked the facility on Tuesday night forcing teams to spend most of Wednesday waiting for the track to dry. Just shy of 2:00 p.m., the track was open for business with crew chief Todd Myers electing to focus much of the test on aerodynamics – rather than typical race weekend protocol.

But when Myers switched to their race package shortly before the conclusion of the shortened test, Dean whipped his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products to the fourth quickest lap overall – giving him an added boost to what has been a solid month and a half for his Win-Tron Racing team.

“It’s unfortunate that Mother Nature kept us on the sidelines for much of the day on Wednesday, but I feel pretty good about our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota for Friday,” said Dean who enters the seventh race of the season fifth in series’ points.

“The car felt really good. It was very comfortable. This is a brand new car for us, which I’m really excited about. Hopefully, we can keep up with the expected pace on Friday and have another really strong run for everyone at GREE.”

Making his return to trip to Pocono, Dean sets sight on bettering a 15th place finish after starting 11th last July. While an unforeseen brake issue hindered his ability to contend for a top-10 finish, the track time he embraced was priceless.

“The more I get laps around the Pocono, the better I’m getting,”

Dean said. “I still have some areas to work on. In particular, we were really good in Turns 1 and 2 and the Tunnel Turn – but we have some work to do in Turn 3. We really need that rotation coming out of Turn 3 that will help me accelerate down the frontstretch.

“We made gains though and that’s positive. I felt like during the test we took steps forward instead of backward. If we can do that during practice and qualifying on Friday, we’re going to be in good shape for the race.”

Speaking of taking steps forward, the Bluffton, S.C. native says the leaps his Win-Tron Racing has taken since two disgruntled finishes to open the 2017 ARCA season has been motivation for him to make sure he’s doing his job inside the car.

“Todd (Myers, crew chief) and all the guys are really having a lot of fun,”

added Dean. “They know that going out there and contending for the win is top priority – but they’re having fun at the shop and at the racetrack. Every race we’re learning something that will make us better for the next one.

“As long as we can continue to do that – I think we’ll stay in this championship battle. There’s still a long way to go.”

In 13 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 three top-five and seven top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri. June 9 with an hour and 25-minute practice session planned from 9:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later that day shortly after 5:30 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).

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.

 

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Hard fought effort rewards Gus Dean with top-five finish in Elko debut

Hard fought effort rewards Gus Dean with top-five finish in Elko debut

ELKO, Minn. 

Wrestling his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry, Gus Dean (@gusdean) managed to vault from his 11th place starting position to finish fifth in Saturday night’s Shore Lunch 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

The finish was Dean’s second top-five and fourth consecutive top-10 finish aboard the Win-Tron Racing prepared Toyota. Since Salem Speedway in April, the Bluffton, S.C. native has finished no worse than seventh.

During Saturday’s one-day show at Elko Speedway, Dean struggled to find the balance of his No. 32 GREE Toyota under the sweltering sun causing his automobile to be tight center and loose off producing the 10th quickest time in practice.

In qualifying, the problem continued forcing Dean to qualify 11th for the sixth race of the season.

Conversing amongst team owner Kevin Cywinski and crew chief Todd Myers and Dean, the trio believed that as the sun began to set over the 3/8-mile short track, the handling on their No. 32 GREE Toyota would improve putting them in contention for a strong finish.

They were right.

Steadily maneuvering from his 11th place starting spot, Dean would waste little time knocking inside the top-10 by Lap 15.

As the race progressed, Dean moved forward.

By Lap 60, he found himself eighth.

By Lap 75, Dean was on pit road for tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat a tight center and loose off.

On the restart, Dean propelled himself from eighth to sixth and was contending Cole Anderson for fifth when a caution waved a few laps later.

Just past the halfway mark, Dean was lurking in sixth – but quickly found himself in the top-five by Lap 140 and then a race-high fourth two laps later when the caution waved for a spin on the racetrack.

Still hovering inside the top half dozen with 75 laps left, Dean utilized a caution on Lap 193 for some more General Tire rubber, fuel and another chassis for the finish.

Gus Dean; GREE ride momentum to Elko Speedway debut

Restarting eighth, Dean muscled his way through the field and found himself back to sixth when the caution waved with eight laps to go.

A Lap 246 restart saw Dean put up a gallant fight for a top-five and despite getting knocked out of the way by another competitor with two laps to go, Dean sifted through a last lap crash to finish fifth for his best finish since a runner-up at Salem Speedway on Apr 23.

“I’m really proud my Win-Tron Racing team,”

said Dean. “We struggled to get the car rotating through the corner, but we never gave up. A couple changes and a little short track luck and we came away with a top-five finish for GREE.

“We keep riding this momentum train and we’re going to take these strong finishes and it won’t be long before we’re up there battling it out for the win. We made some huge gains over the last few weeks and I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks.”

In 13 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 three top-five and seven top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is an open test at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway test on Wed., June 7 in preparation for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 from the 2.5-mile triangle on June 9. Dean has one prior start at the “Tricky Triangle” last August.

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.

 

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Gus Dean; GREE ride momentum to Elko Speedway debut

Gus Dean; GREE ride momentum to Elko Speedway debut

ELKO, Minn.

After a rough start to his 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, driver Gus Dean and his Win-Tron Racing have soldiered to three consecutive top-10 finishes entering Saturday night’s Shore Lunch 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

Finishes of second at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, sixth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and a seventh two weeks ago at Toledo Speedway have propelled the Bluffton, S.C. native from a season-low 32nd in the series standings to his current placement of fourth after five races.

The team’s hard work led by veteran crew chief Todd Myers has also leaped Dean to the top of the ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year standings by a mere two points over fellow competitor and friend Bret Holmes.

Looking to ride the momentum train for another weekend, Dean heads to Elko Speedway for his track debut at a tight and combative 3/8-mile short track hoping for another strong finish, but more importantly, his second career ARCA win.

“It’s been a good couple weeks for us,”

said Dean.

“We’ve been working hard at the shop and at the racetrack to keep our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota in contention. We’ve been solid and we’re improving each week. We’re five races in and I’m happy with the direction that we’re going.”

Known for his short track craft around the east coast, Dean is hoping that his niche for tight quarters and hard side-by-side racing will prove to be beneficial for his 13th career ARCA start.

“I love racing in general, but I’ve built my career on short track racing,”

Dean added. “I’ve never been to Elko, but I’ve heard a lot about it and it’s also considered one of the hometown tracks for my car owner Kevin (Cywinski), so I’m leaning on him a bunch this weekend.

“I’d like to think with his guidance and the setup that we’re going with – we’re one of the favorites for Saturday night’s race.”

Cywinski, once considered a short track phenom in the Midwest says he’s looking forward to seeing ARCA return to the grassroots of Elko and feels that Dean will adapt quickly to the track’s unique layout.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Elko this weekend,”

offered Cywinski. “I certainly have a lot of memories there and we’ll have a lot of friends and family to cheer us on. Gus has been incredibly focused and I think his eagerness to contend for race wins will be to our advantage on Saturday.

Gus Dean; GREE ride momentum to Elko Speedway debut

“I know we’re bringing a good car and hopefully like Gus said we can keep our finishes pointed in the right direction.”

With much of the season still on the horizon, 22-year-old Dean feels his nod to compete for the championship title is still realistic.

“We’re not giving up yet,” says Dean.

“It’s what GREE signed up to do and it’s the one thing I’ve dreamed about since knowing I was going to compete in ARCA full time. We have a great team with a lot of determined guys and some brand news cars that will get on track soon and I’m hoping that will be enough to keep us moving up the points ladder and maybe even eventually the top.”

In 12 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 six top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps in ARCA competition.

The Shore Lunch 250 (250 laps / 94 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., June 3 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 that night shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (CT).

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.

 

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Gus Dean; Win-Tron Racing solid seventh with GREE Toyota at Toledo Speedway

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TOLEDO, Ohio

Fighting back from late race adversity, Gus Dean (@gusdean) in his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry finished a solid seventh in Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.

The finish was Dean’s third consecutive top-10 finish in five races aboard the Kevin Cywinski-owned machine.

“We had a solid day and that’s what we need to have with our No. 32 GREE Toyota to stay in the championship fight,”

said Dean.

“Our GREE Toyota was really good at the end of the race, we just ran out of laps to get a better finish. We’ll keep digging.”

During practice on Saturday, crew chief Todd Myers focused on their race pace with the Bluffton, S.C., putting little emphasis on their qualifying run. The strategy put Dean 11th quickest overall.

For the third time this season, Mother Nature forced ARCA to cancel series qualifying with the Menards 200 lineup set by practice speeds Saturday afternoon.

Ready to go racing just after 2:00 p.m., Mother Nature doused the track with a heavy rain shower delaying the fifth race of the season for nearly an hour. Strapped in and ready to roll, the event took the green flag a short time later with Dean minding his manners and hovering just outside the top-10 during the early stages of the race.

Approaching Lap 40, Dean muscled his way inside the top-10 only to be stalled when the caution flag waved for a spin on the frontstretch. Reporting a tight No. 32 GREE Toyota, Myers brought his SCOTT Rookie driver to pit road for two tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to loosen the race car.

Quickly following the Lap 51 restart, Dean reported to his crew that felt like he was losing power dropping him to 10th in the running order. A few laps later, the field was frozen under caution again with the 22-year-old reporting the engine issue appeared to resolve itself.

While sitting 10th, Myers took the yellow for a chance to bring his driver back to pit road for fuel and adjustments.

Restarting 13th, Dean fired off well and despite only getting a few laps in, he reported that his GREE Toyota was handling much better.

By Lap 85, the Win-Tron Racing development driver rocketed to ninth and passed Vinnie Miller shortly before the halfway mark to eighth where he remained thereafter.

A caution nearing Lap 120 allowed Dean to pit for four tires, another chassis adjustment and a half can of Sunoco Racing fuel aligning himself ninth for the restart.

A lap after the Lap 130 restart, Dean found himself trying to avoid the slowing car of Austin Nemire when he turned down on Dean into Turn 3 and the contact shoved both race cars up the racetrack, collecting Shane Lee in the process.

With damage to the right front and side of Dean’s Toyota, the 2016 ARCA Talladega winner pitted for repairs and restarted 13th.

GREE look to continue ARCA momentum at Toledo Speedway

Throughout the race’s final 56 laps, Dean methodically worked from the back of the pack and passed former Snowball Derby champion Christian Eckes for seventh inside the final 10 laps of the race to claim his second consecutive top-10 finish at the iconic half-mile short track.

“The crash with Austin and Shane was a bad deal,”

offered Dean. “The No. 10 car literally stopped on the backstretch and I had to go low and then I felt like he drove me down to the grass in Turn 3. I know Shane’s car was destroyed. He’s my buddy and one of my best friends on the ARCA scene. I’m glad he’s OK.

“Once we could get our No. 32 GREE Toyota handling the way we wanted too, I felt like we really had something for the top-five. We’ll get the car fixed up and take her to Elko. It’s a good piece and Elko is Kevin’s stomping grounds. We expect to go there and do well. Just want to thank the team and GREE for their support. Without them, I would not be here.”

Unofficially, Dean’s finish on Sunday propelled him inside the top-five in the championship standings ahead of the June 3 running of the Shore Lunch 250 at Elko (Wisc.) Speedway. Dean will make his debut at the 3/8-mile short track.

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.

 

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