Dexter Bean, BlackJack Racing Returns With ARCA In '07 With Unfinished Business
CONVINGTON, Kentucky (December 9, 2006) - - Before accepting his trophy for finishing 12th in the final ARCA RE/MAX Series standings this season, Dexter Bean announced at the ARCA RE/MAX Series annual press conference just several hours before the banquet that he will return to the series next year with his BlackJack Racing in tow gunning for the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship.
Bean, a native of Westby, Wisconsin was one of the hottest drivers on the tour in the last four events of the season where he grabbed his first Pork pole at Salem Speedway backing it up with one top-five and three top-10 finishes including setting the fastest laps of the race at Salem and the new Iowa Speedway.
"We're very excited to be coming back to the ARCA RE/MAX Series next year," said Bean. "Our team really improved from the beginning of the season to the end of the season and I'm really proud of that. Next year needs to be our year. We're already working hard on our Daytona program and we hope to start our season off with the momentum we closed the season with in February.
While the team has the personnel, cars, motors and equipment in place, BlackJack Racing is still looking for a primary sponsor on the No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 2007 season. The team went most of the 2006 season without the security of a primary sponsor. The team is working around-the-clock hoping to lock down some support for their championship bid next year.
"The BlackJack Racing team is doing everything we can to make someone a great home," continued Bean. "I think we've really proven ourselves in the ARCA series and we have some promising meetings with potential sponsors after the banquet, so we hope to have some great news to announce soon."
While the team is fiercely looking for a primary sponsor, the team's longtime sponsor, Five Star Telecom will return as an associate sponsor next season.
Five Star Telecom, who's supported Bean for several years will return to ARCA for a second year of full-time racing. Since their beginning in 1973, Five Star Telecom has become one of the largest interconnect companies in the Upper Midwest, with multiple locations serving the tri-state area.
Bean did also announce at the banquet that the team will continue to carry the Chevrolet bowtie in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The team will carry horsepower from both Tesar Racing Engines and Wegner Performance Motors.
Chris Bires, brother-in-law of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Johnny Sauter and NASCAR Busch Series drivers Jay and Tim Sauter will continue to serve as crew chief of the No. 6 Monte Carlo.
"Chris did a tremendous job for BlackJack Racing last season," added Bean. "We were a very successful duo. He is very instrumental for the positive outlook of this team and I look forward to continuing to have him on my side next season."
In addition, BlackJack Racing also confirmed that Jeff Spraker of Spraker Racing Enterprises will continue to serve as a consultant to the growing team for the 2007 racing season.
"Jeff helped me a lot in my rookie year," added Bean. "His guidance and support was influential to me. When times were tough he calmed me down, in moments of triumph he was there to congratulate me. He was a great asset to our organization and I'm glad he'll be around next season."
Spraker was also a key in the successful bid for Bean's NASCAR Busch Series debut at Memphis Motorsports Park. After struggling in practice, Bean overcame the odds qualifying 37th. During the course of the race, Bean kept his No. 63 JDRF.org Ford clean and brought home a very respectable 32nd place finish.
BlackJack Racing will continue their foray in the NASCAR Busch Series by competing in five-to-seven NBS events next year as well.
"The more seat time I receive, the better I'm going to be overall," added Bean. "I've set some goals for myself for next season and they are easily achievable. Hopefully when Daytona rolls around in February, sponsorship will be locked and we can worry about one thing, the championship!"