Salem: Dexter Bean preview

Dexter Bean, No. 6 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet Nashville Recap: In one of the shortest ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) events of the 2007 season, Dexter Bean rallied from a 24th place qualifying effort to score a thrilling ninth-place finish, the ...

Dexter Bean, No. 6 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet

Nashville Recap: In one of the shortest ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) events of the 2007 season, Dexter Bean rallied from a 24th place qualifying effort to score a thrilling ninth-place finish, the team's first top-10 finish of the season. The result also gave Bean his best finish at the 1.333-mile track in only his third ARCA start.

Sweet Memories: The BlackJack Racing team returns to the site of their first career ARCA pole when the No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo maneuvered the quickest lap in last September's Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts qualifying session. Bean led 64 laps that night before finishing a solid 11th.

Moving Up: With his stout run at Nashville Superspeedway, Bean propelled himself to sixth in ARS driver standings sitting 35 markers from fifth place contender Justin South and 160 points from the top spot.

Bringing It Back: The BlackJack Racing team will bring the same Chevrolet Monte Carlo the team utilized in last fall's event. The team competed with the car in the first short track event of the season at USA International Speedway. Despite the car sustaining damage, the team has repaired it and is looking forward to another terrific weekend at the historic half-mile short track.

Welcome Back: Five Star Telecom, a longtime racing supporter of BlackJack Racing will step up and return as an associate sponsor this weekend at Salem. 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.

What Off Weekend: Instead of relaxing at home in Westby, Wisconsin, Dexter Bean and several members of his BlackJack Racing team returned to their racing roots last Sunday at Rockford Speedway competing in the Wisconsin Challenge Series (WCS) season opener. Bean qualified his No. 25 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet 13th and was running in the top-six for a majority of the event before a late race incident spoiled the race and forced a 14th place finish.

BlackJack Racing, Salem Superspeedway Pre-Race Quotes:

Dexter Bean, driver of the No. 6 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet Monte Carlo:

On Nashville: "The finish we had in Nashville is exactly what we needed. We had a good car. It's the same Chevrolet that we ran at Pocono Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway which produced top-five runs for our team. We definitely had a shot at another top-five but we ran out of time. The finish nonetheless gave the team a great confidence booster."

On Salem Speedway: "I am very excited about returning to Salem Speedway this weekend and for obvious reasons. We had a great car in the spring race before we were entangled in another competitor's mess. The fall race was a day that no one on our BlackJack Racing team will forget. We know we can back up that performance again this weekend."

On Being Sixth In Points (Career Best): "We can be a threat for this championship with some more good runs and a little luck. I'm really proud of my BlackJack Racing team for all of their hard work and vowing never to give up. We're heading into Salem in the best position we've ever been in. Hopefully we can climb the ladder even more after we leave Salem this weekend."

On His Off Weekend: "It was a lot of fun to go back to my grass roots. We had a great car all weekend long. Our team is surrounded by people who want to race and anytime we can race, that's what we are going to do. I want to thank my sponsor Five Star Telecom for stepping up and helping with the event. I wish we could have had a better run, but sometimes that's the way it goes. We had a good car just got unlucky near the finish."

-credit: bjr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Dexter Bean , Justin South