#37 Team GLOCK Have a Tough Day in Nashville
Mooresville, NC (8.11.08) #37 Dexter Bean and Team GLOCK finished 18th on Saturday in the Toyota 150 at Nashville Superspeedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Dexter had moved from his 25th qualifying position to 10th on the final lap before being hit from behind and spun out into the wall.
The Team GLOCK Chevrolet practiced 19th on Friday and qualified 25th with a time of 30.458 and a speed of 157.555. During practice, he posted a time of 30.334. "I made the best of qualifying since there had been a temperature change on the track between practice the day before and qualifying. I knew I had a good car for the race," said Dexter.
Dexter avoided some on-track incidents throughout the race which caused three cautions and kept moving his way to the top-ten. He was 22nd on lap 13, 21st on lap 16 and 11th by lap 58. By lap 40, Jeff Spraker had radioed to Dexter that his lap times were faster than the leader.
A caution was displayed on lap 52 when Dexter was running in the 17th position. It was time for the #37 GLOCK Chevrolet to pit. The Team GLOCK over the wall pit crew changed four tires and added fuel in a great time, which caused Dexter to gain five positions on pit road. He went back on the track in the 12th position.
Running in the 11th position, another caution flag flew on lap 70 where again Jeff Spraker told Dexter that he was faster than four cars ahead of him. Dexter moved to the 10th position on lap 108. At that point, five laps were remaining in the Toyota 150 and Dexter was trying to gain entry to the ninth position. Unfortunately, the close quarter racing on the final laps shattered that goal. The car running in the 11th position made contact with Dexter which caused both cars to hit the wall. The Team GLOCK Chevrolet had received severe body damage, flat tires and was over heating. Dexter headed to pit road where Team GLOCK changed four tires and pulled away the torn sheet metal. The race ended in a green, white and checkered flag format and Dexter finished the race in the 18th position. He was the last car on the lead lap.
This was not the finish that Dexter was anticipating throughout the race as he had been steadily moving up to the front, "I was trying to maneuver into the ninth position when I was hit from behind. I wanted to record a top-five finish for Team GLOCK Racing this weekend, since the finishes from the last three races have not been good, but unfortunately, it was not in the cards for Nashville. I want to thank the over-the-wall guys who helped me gain track position the two times that I was on pit road. They did a really great job."
Jeff Spraker added, "We could almost taste the top-ten we were so close. It's hard to believe that things turned out this way. Dexter fought a hard fight today and stayed in the thick of things. This one is tough to swallow, but we can't afford to look back now. We have two successive events at dirt tracks in Illinois where Dexter has done well in the past. We'll get through this time of adversity even teams on the "Cup" side go through tough times we'll just be stronger in the long run."
The next stop of the tour for Team GLOCK Racing is Sunday, August 17th from the one mile dirt track in Springfield, Illinois. On August 18-20, Dexter will travel to his home state of Wisconsin to make an appearance at his former high school in Westby as well as the La Crosse Police Department and the Vernon County Sheriff's Department. On August 22 24, Dexter will travel to The Great Outdoors Festival in Oshkosh, WI and will accompany GLOCK Spokesperson, R. Lee Ermey, star of the hit series MAIL CALL. In the GLOCK, Inc. booth, the duo will meet the fans, sign autographs and take advantage of the fair like activities as Hunters and Fisherman from all around the country come together to learn about the latest and greatest in the world of everything outdoors.