Berlin: Dexter Bean race report

Team GLOCK Racing finish 16th at Berlin Raceway Mooresville, NC (7.28.08) Dexter Bean and Team GLOCK finished 16th in the Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200 on Saturday evening at Berlin Raceway. Team GLOCK carried their 008 short track car to Marne, MI....

Team GLOCK Racing finish 16th at Berlin Raceway

Mooresville, NC (7.28.08) Dexter Bean and Team GLOCK finished 16th in the Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200 on Saturday evening at Berlin Raceway. Team GLOCK carried their 008 short track car to Marne, MI. This is the same car that Dexter drove to a top-five finish at both the Toledo (third) and Cayuga (fourth) race this season.

Dexter started the day fourth during the practice session. During SIM Factory Pole Qualifying, he posted an impressive second place run with a time of 17.093 and speed of 92.248 mph. Justin Allgaier won the SIM Factory Pole Award with a time of 16.963. Dexter's time was a mere .13 seconds behind Justin's and both cars were fast enough to beat the Berlin Raceway track record set in 2003 by Fred Campbell.

The 200 lap race began at 8:30pm and was filled with tight racing. The top-five positions had changed several times in the early stages of the event. During lap 27 caution, Dexter announced that the car was too loose in. He stayed out on the track and was in the fifth position during the restart on lap 32. The lap 34 caution caused quite a delay in the restart of the race. A car leaked fluid on the track which made for extremely dangerous conditions and delayed the anticipated 38 lap restart. There were no blowers on the track, so the competitors had to circle the raceway until the green flag on lap 52.

Dexter came in for a fresh set of tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment during a caution on lap 75. With some quick work from the Team GLOCK over the wall pit crew, he restarted the race in the 12th position on lap 76 and quickly moved back up to the fifth position by lap 106.

Coming out of turn four on lap 172, the Team GLOCK Chevrolet received front end damage from contact with another car. Dexter managed to maintain control of the car until he could come in on lap 174. Team GLOCK worked on the car to control the water temperature which was running hot since the beginning of the race and was made worse by the lap 172 altercation.

Dexter spun out coming out of turn four on lap 177 which was caused by a right rear flat tire. He was able to pit on lap 178 and received four tires and the cool down machine. Dexter lost a lap in the pits and came out 17th. At that time, there were 15 cars on the lead lap and Dexter finished the race in the 16th position.

"We had a great car at Berlin. Even after pitting, Team GLOCK marched right back to the front. Late in the race, drivers just got impatient and started running into everyone. Unfortunately, we were a victim. The pit crew had awesome stops, but we ran into a bad luck weekend," said Dexter.

Crew chief Jeff Spraker added, "We were fast from the minute we got there and Dexter showed that by taking the outside pole. He was in contention for another great run until the cut tire put us a lap down. The only thing we need now is a little bit more luck! Hopefully, we can go to Pocono and capitalize on the success we have had there in the past. Dexter has a real feel for that track and we are bringing the same car that he put on the top of the practice charts the last time we were there. We have all the right ingredients and we're looking forward to another good run at that track for the Team GLOCK Chevy."

-credit: gr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Allgaier , Jeff Spraker , Dexter Bean