JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2017) -- With his 14th top-10 finish in the books, Gus Dean will be looking for another one Thursday night at Chicagoland Speedway in the SCOTT 150. Even better, the Bluffton, S.C. leading SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender wants to turn the top-10 into a win.
Dean's riding a wave of momentum with a third-place finish at DuQuoin two weeks ago and a fifth-place finish at Salem last Saturday night. Chicagoland will be his 11th new track of the year.
“I’m ready to go,” said Dean, currently third in national championship points. “I’ve never been to Chicagoland, but I do have some experience on the mile-and-a-halves and I’m hoping that experience will give some benefits in the early laps of practice.
“I know my Win-Tron Racing team is excited about the No. 32 GREE Toyota they are bringing and we have a lot of guests planning to come to Thursday night’s race, so I’m feeling pretty good about the race this week.”
With the final three races all 1.5-mile tracks (Chicagoland, Kentucky and Kansas), Dean says a good finish this week is important to set the tone for his first full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
“Even though I’ve never been to Chicagoland, I have been to Kentucky and Kansas, so I’m looking forward to this final stretch,” Dean added. “We’ve had a lot of speed on the short tracks and the team has really taken a lot of time in between races to really finesse our GREE cars.
“I know we’ll have a brand-new car for Kansas and I’m looking forward to that, but before we get to Kansas, we gotta get through Chicagoland and Kentucky first with good finishes.”
Sitting just 10 points ahead of close friend Shane Lee in the championship point standings, Dean says his biggest title fight right now remains concentrated on the SCOTT Rookie of the Year chase, which Dean currently leads by 12 points over Riley Herbst.
“Of course, we want to finish as high as we can in points, but ultimately, we want to bring GREE back that Rookie of the Year championship,” he said. “We’re going to try real hard to put them in Victory Lane before the end of the season, but that sure would be a great consolation prize if we can’t.
“I’ve learned so much this year in ARCA…I can’t even begin to explain it all. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned though is patience. If we don’t have our GREE Toyota where we need it to be in the early portion of the race, we’ve been able to adjust, get it better and pounce when it counts most. That has led us to a lot of success this year and that’s our plan of attack for the rest of the year.”
In 24 career ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second start at Talladega Superspeedway in 2016. Overall, Dean has eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes and has led 37 laps in ARCA competition.
The SCOTT 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice is Thurs., Sept. 14 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is at 4:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later shortly after 7:00 p.m. The race is Live on FS1, while arcaracing.com will stream Live timing and scoring with a Live chat board for all on-track activities. All times are local (CT).
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About Win-Tron Racing:
Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Owned by 3-time ASA national champion driver Kevin Cywinski, the team is competing for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team also fields a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.