Dexter Bean Looks For Record Performance At Nashville
"Driver To Be Featured In Nashville Race Program"
LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, April 3, 2007) - - After a bumpy start to his 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Dexter Bean will tackle the first non-restrictor plate superspeedway of the year when the sanction heads to Nashville Superspeedway Friday for the first of two races from the intimidating concrete facility this season.
After a solid performance turned sour at USA International Speedway late last month, Bean is ready to put his No. 6 BlackJack Racing Chevrolet back up front and in contention in Saturday's Nashville ARCA 150.
While Nashville hasn't been the kindest to the Wisconsin-based team, good performances come to those who are patient. The entire team feels Nashville's their time to shake the monkey and put the team back into the top-five, where the team feels they belong.
"As much as I enjoy the short tracks, it's nice to be heading back to a superspeedway," said driver Dexter Bean. "Nashville owes us one. We had a decent car last spring and a contending car last summer before mechanical problems put us out. Now, those bugs should be worked out and we should be stronger this weekend."
He continued, "Even though the ARCA RE/MAX Series does not race at Dover, Nashville reminds me of "The Monster Mile." One minute can you be running great and the next; you're the track's victim. It's a tough place to maneuver if you don't have a good handling car; we're going through our notes extensively to make sure we're on track for practice on Friday."
While BlackJack Racing is still searching for additional sponsorship of Bean's No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the team is glad to have local longtime supporter Five Star Telecom onboard this weekend as an associate sponsor.
Since their beginning in 1973, FST (Five Star Telecom), a long-time supporter of Bean's racing career has become one of the largest interconnect companies in the Upper Midwest, with multiple locations serving the tri-state area.
Another reason a positive finish is crucial for the BlackJack team is the point standings. Entering the third ARCA event of the season, the organization currently hovers just outside the top-10, but with the team's possible eighth career top-10 finish coming on Saturday, the team could leave the 1.333-mile track with its best position to date.
"It's hard to be thinking about points early in the game, but it can serve as a confidence booster to our team," continued Bean, who will be recognized in the Nashville ARCA 150 program this weekend.
"We tried so hard to finish in the top-10 last season, but some uncontrollable finishes throughout the season hindered us from doing so. So far, we're off to a better start than 2006, so that's a good feeling. But, if we can crack the top-10 by the time we cross the checkered flag on Saturday, I think it will help us all."
Rolling into Nashville, driver Dexter Bean has 29 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with two-top fives finishes and seven top-10 efforts. He holds a career best finish of fourth at Pocono Raceway (July 2006) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 2006). He owns the 2006 Pork pole award at Salem Speedway (September) while hoisting a career-best superspeedway time trials effort of fourth at Pocono Raceway (June 2006). Bean also has controlled the ARCA field for 84 laps in three races.