Chicagoland: Dexter Bean race report

Tough Winds for Team GLOCK at Chicagoland Mooresville, NC (9.09.08) - With Tropical Storm Gustav moving through the heartland, Team GLOCK Racing's Dexter Bean with the Spraker Racing Chevrolet roared into Joliet, IL for the Chicagoland ARCA 200...

Tough Winds for Team GLOCK at Chicagoland

Mooresville, NC (9.09.08) - With Tropical Storm Gustav moving through the heartland, Team GLOCK Racing's Dexter Bean with the Spraker Racing Chevrolet roared into Joliet, IL for the Chicagoland ARCA 200 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Coming off a fourth place finish at the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, the team made a quick trip to Mooresville to get their proven speedway car for the 200 mile classic just outside of the windy city.

This would mark the fifth visit to the speedway for the young driver from Westby, WI. "I am constantly learning on this track," stated Bean. "We're unloading a great car here for Saturday's race and we are looking for a great outcome for this visit." th

Practice would find the team doing a lot of work to the car to dial it in for the 4 year veteran. "Dexter likes the car to ride a certain way on the track and our job is to give him a car he can race regardless if it runs against conventional aerodynamic wisdom," stated Jeff Spraker. "The cars are designed to hug the track in the corners to gain grip and speed, but Dexter is a different kind of driver. You keep the car under him and he will race the wheels off it."

Practice came and went with the team modifying and tweaking a great car with a strong pedigree. Running a mock run and practicing in the top 20 was not what the team had hoped for. Going out 18th for qualifying, the team soon realized that at 23rd fastest the team was going to need to come together and get a great performance out of the driver and the pit crew to get anywhere once they drop the green flag.

Yet almost miraculously, the impounded Chevy found its running legs when the race began as Dexter quickly gained positions on the cars that were able to out qualify him. Moving to 13th by the first pit stop, the team knocked off a sub 18 second four tire change and gained an astonishing six positions to land the driver in 7th place. Racing with a new group of drivers, Dexter patiently let the car back in and traded spaces up and down through an extremely long green flag stretch. Running sixth and advancing, Dexter radioed into the car chief that he was out of fuel. Dexter would be the first of many drivers who would have to pit under green flag conditions. But with the fate and fortune of racing, the engine gave out nine laps later as Dexter was in the hunt to gain ground and would eventually finish 27th.

This was not the finish that Team GLOCK had anticipated, but team owner Jeff Spraker is anxious to race at Salem next weekend to earn a top finish and advance in the points. "This appeared to be a day when we would make up ground in the points race, but the failure of this new engine changed that dramatically. Dexter was running solidly in the top-ten and some of the teams ahead of us in points had dropped out of the event very early - it's unfortunate that we weren't able to capitalize on that situation. At this point, we'll put this behind us and move on to Salem, where we know we have all the ingredients to do well."

The Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts will take place from Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 13 at 7:15p.m.

-credit: glock

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Series ARCA
Drivers Jeff Spraker , Dexter Bean