MOORESVILLE, N.C. – NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGTOS) rookie Gus Dean (@gusdean) will take advantage of an off weekend and return to the ARCA Menards Series to compete in Friday afternoon’s General Tire 200 at the famed Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
The 2.66-mile superspeedway will always be a special race track for the Bluffton, S.C. Three years ago, Dean scored his first career ARCA victory in a breathtaking finish in then a one-race deal for Mason Mitchell Motorsports. The victory in Dean’s second career ARCA start enticed his marketing partner at the time to increase their relationship with Dean which included two full-time seasons of ARCA competition with Win-Tron Racing.
Returning to Talladega for the fourth time in his career, Dean hopes to rekindle the jubilation of 2016 and lead Win-Tron Racing, a former ARCA winner at Talladega back to Victory Lane on Friday afternoon.
“Very excited to come back to race in the ARCA Menard Series and especially at Talladega Superspeedway,” said Dean. “The victory in 2016 will be something I’ll never forget and is very important to me – but I’m ready to make new memories on Friday with Win-Tron Racing.”
Dean believes he’ll have an opportunity to contend for his third career ARCA Menards Series victory because of the work of his crew chief Jamie Jones who has been methodically fine-tuning his No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro for Dean’s 49th career start.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based team has repaired Dean’s No. 32 Chevrolet that led 29 laps in the season-opening race at Daytona before being collected in a late-race accident while challenging for the win. Dean, 24, feels his race car will be just as fast if not faster next weekend.
“I can’t begin to thank Jamie (Jones), Kevin (Cywinski, car owner) and the guys for their work on our speedway car,” added Dean.
“Jamie has worked very hard to repair the car from Daytona. It was one of the best speedway cars I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have a finish to show that.
“I’m confident we can go to Talladega and backup our Daytona performance and once again showcase the team’s strength. We just need a little superspeedway luck.”
Longtime Dean supporter CAB Installers will serve as the co-primary marketing partner for the Apr. 26 race, while Nu-Calgon joins the organization to share the spotlight in the team’s second race of the year.
Nu-Calgon, formerly part of Calgon Corporation and Calgon Vestal Laboratories, has been a leader in the HVACR aftermarket for the past 70 years. It is strategically headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, where it distributes its products from a 100,000 square-foot warehouse.
Nu-Calgon markets and distributes a complete line of specialty chemical products for the HVACR aftermarket. These include coil cleaners, leak sealants, air purifiers and refrigeration oils, as well as products for water treatment, ice machine maintenance, and other specialty applications.
These products are marketed to air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and plumbing wholesalers, as well as food service | restaurant suppliers and OEMs.
“I can’t thank CAB Installers and Nu-Calgon for making Talladega possible,” added Dean. “Without them, I would haven’t this chance and I want to thank them personally with a celebration in Victory Lane. That would be perfect.”
Win-Tron Racing car owner Kevin Cywinski says the team has been determined since the Daytona finish to rebuild their piece and come back to Talladega and finish what they started during Speedweeks 2019.
“Gus drove the best restrictor plate I’ve ever seen him drive in February,” said Cywinski. “He did everything right – just was at the right place at the wrong time a couple laps from the finish. We’ve repaired the car and should be pretty strong on Friday.
“Superspeedway racing is always pretty tense, but Gus has a craft for it. With the teamwork of him, Jamie and our spotter Tyler Green – I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
Dean will carry the Nu-Calgon onboard camera for Friday afternoon’s race – providing an exclusive view of the action from inside his automobile.
In addition to Nu-Calgon and CAB Installers, Baker Distributing Co. and LG Air Conditioning Technologies will serve as an associate marketing partner for the anticipated thriller.
In Dean’s three previous ARCA starts, he has one win, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In 2018, he finished 12th after having to pit for fuel in ARCA overtime.
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.
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The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr. 26 with an hour and twenty-five-minute session planned from 8:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:35 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).
- Win-Tron Racing Press Release