Third Place Finish for Bean and Team GLOCK in Salem Mooresville, NC (9.15.08) Team GLOCK returned to Salem with high expectations of a great run on Saturday evening in the Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
Third Place Finish for Bean and Team GLOCK in Salem
Mooresville, NC (9.15.08) Team GLOCK returned to Salem with high expectations of a great run on Saturday evening in the Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. He ran well at the Salem .555 mile short track in the spring, but didn't have the finish they were anticipating due to an accident. Saturday night was the night to restore his strong history at the track and he did just that.
The Spraker Racing team brought chassis #008 with a new Wegner engine and the car was fast as soon as it was unloaded. With a spring change and some minor chassis adjustments, the #37 Team GLOCK Chevrolet was listed as the seventh fastest at the conclusion of the practice session.
Dexter rolled off as one of the later cars to qualify and clocked in 7th fastest out of 33. He was a mere .146 seconds off the pole time.
From the start of the race, Dexter ran up front. He was in the 7th starting position on lap 20, 31 and 40. He moved into the 6th position by lap 46 and was running 5th by lap 50.
On lap 96, Dexter was called into pit road during the caution period for four tires and fuel. Some cars elected not to pit at that time, so he went back on the track in the 9th position. He quickly moved his way to the front again and was in 6th by lap 110, up to 5th by lap 126 and 4th on lap 137.
Then on lap 139, Dexter lost control of the Team GLOCK Chevrolet and did a 360 on the backstretch. The #37 was in the wall and several other cars were unfortunately involved in the incident which resulted in a "red flag" condition. After the red flag was lifted, Dexter made his way to pit road where the GLOCK crew pulled away the damaged sheet metal, changed tires, cooled down the car and sent him back on the track without losing a lap.
Dexter was able to drive the wounded machine back to the front and was in 5th spot by lap 165. He passed for 4th on lap 181 and sailed into 3rd on lap 195 which is where he finished the 200 lap event. "Late in the race I spun out exiting turn two which I felt hurt us a little. The guys gave me a car to win with or at least a runner-up one, but after spinning, we had to make up time with not much left. Still, it was that we needed to get us back toward the top ten in points," said Dexter.
Team owner, Jeff Spraker adds, "Everyone from Team GLOCK really pulled together today to do the best we could in a tough situation. After the spin, the work on pit road was top notch and Dexter was on a mission to get back to the front a top three finish is great momentum to have heading to our next event!"