Talladega: Dexter Bean race report

GLOCK, Inc. Host a Salute to Heroes at Talladega Superspeedway The week at Talladega started off on a positive note with the Team GLOCK crew pleased with their performance during Thursday's practice session. Dexter logged in the 11th fastest...

GLOCK, Inc. Host a Salute to Heroes at Talladega Superspeedway

The week at Talladega started off on a positive note with the Team GLOCK crew pleased with their performance during Thursday's practice session. Dexter logged in the 11th fastest time of the 45 cars on site.

This was particularly encouraging since this speedway car was known for its drafting capability, but was not quite as quick when running by itself!

But, the practice results proved to be a good indication of things to come as Dexter Bean piloted the #37 to the 12th fastest time in qualifying - a credit to Dexter and the Jeff Spraker led team who prepared the super-speedway machine!

The Team GLOCK Chevy was sporting a special "Red-white & blue" paint scheme designed to coordinate with GLOCK Inc.'s "Salute to Heroes" which was taking place at the Talladega event. Senior Airman Aaron D. Rath of the Illinois Air National Guard, Deputy Jennifer Fulford of the Orange County Sherriff's and Sergeant Iaian Duncan of the Army National Guard were honored for their heroic endeavors. The race car also carried the images of members of police agencies as well as branches of the armed services. The GLOCK, Inc. spokesperson R. Lee Ermey was additional in attendance to honor GLOCK Inc.'s law enforcement and military service individuals.

When the race started on late Friday afternoon, Dexter was shuffled back a few positions as the field began to sort out, and drafting partners emerged. The first caution was displayed on lap 11, with a multi-car wreck, taking out more than ten competitors. The #37 made it though the spinning cars, but ran through some debris on the track.

Dexter came to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel and went back on the track in 14th position.

As another caution flew on lap 31, the decision was made to come in for fuel only, which would put the Team GLOCK Chevy on the same pit sequence as the other front-runners. He came in 11th and went back out in 9th on lap 37. At this point the team's high hopes were shattered with a transmission problem on the re-start on the 38th circuit. Fourth gear was lost, and the car was brought behind pit wall to change the transmission. The new unit was installed in record time, but the #37 was many laps in arrears by this time. However, by completing the remainder of the event, Dexter picked up several positions and was listed as 24th in the final run-down.

As difficult as this was to accept, Dextor is optimistic for the last race of the 2008 season and will put the Talladega race behind him. "I felt honored to salute the heroes of our country at Talladega. Although it was a tough one to swallow, the Team GLOCK Chevy was really good this weekend and we showed that we could run in contention. Unfortunately another failure got the best of us."

Team GLOCK Racing team owner Jeff Spraker commented, "We thought we were in position to have a great run today, but a mechanical failure put us out of contention. The only saving grace is that we advanced a position in the point standings, and we have one more chance for a win at Toledo. Dexter led the Toledo event in the spring and we're going back this time to finish the season in style."

The last race of the 2008 season for Team GLOCK Racing will take place in Toledo, Ohio during the Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire & Federated Car Care on Sunday, October 12th at 2pm.

-credit: team glock

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Series ARCA
Drivers Jeff Spraker , Dexter Bean