Daytona: Dexter Bean preview

After Strong End To '06 Season; Dexter Bean Hopes For Explosive Performance In Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (Monday, February 5, 2007) - - If there is one driver on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour that didn't want to see the 2006 season come to a ...

After Strong End To '06 Season; Dexter Bean Hopes For Explosive Performance In Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (Monday, February 5, 2007) - - If there is one driver on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour that didn't want to see the 2006 season come to a conclusion talk to Dexter Bean. The Wisconsin superstar was hot in the final four events of the 2006 season.

In fact, the last four races of the season, Bean roared to life with one top-five, one pole and three top-10 finishes just missing four consecutive top-10s in a row with a 11th at Salem Speedway after claiming the pole at one of ARCA's most demanding short tracks.

Now, Bean and his BlackJack Racing team return to Daytona International Speedway looking to keep the momentum going and start their 2007 season with a stunning performance. In the last restrictor plate race, Bean drafted his red and white No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo from mid-pack (21st) sailing into the top-10 by lap 15. He stayed in the top-10 for a majority of the race and sliced and diced his way through the "big one" to score his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

The team hopes the magic returns this week. "After our run at Talladega, I have more confidence about our restrictor plate program," said driver Dexter Bean. "Restrictor plate racing is a lot of fun, but also very stressful. One wrong move and it could be the difference from finishing first or 41st."

"Our BlackJack Racing team was on fire at the end of last season, we're hoping that continues in Daytona. We need a good run on Saturday. It's so crucial for us."

One of the reasons a strong run is important for the sophomore team is the hopes of capturing the eye of a corporation that would like to join the BlackJack team for the remainder of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. The team spent much of last season with a bare hood and they would like to fill that space. Quickly.

"We've had some meetings in the off season, but nothing is final," continued Bean. "We're still working on a lot of potentials; I know a good run on Saturday could be the final step in pushing those opportunities to becoming a reality."

Despite no primary backing, the team is excited about having Five Star Telecom returning as an associate backer on the team's Chevrolet Monte Carlo this week. 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.

"I'm very thankful for Five Star Telecom jumping on board for the ARCA 200 at Daytona," added Bean, who also competes in the NASCAR Elite Divisions. "Five Star Telecom has been around BlackJack Racing for a very long time and I continue to be very thankful for their support and backing of this race team. Hopefully we can overcome the odds that face this race team and give a big thanks in victory lane."

BlackJack Racing will continue to carry the Chevrolet bowtie in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The team will carry horsepower from Tesar Racing Engines in the 43rd ARCA RE/MAX Series event held at DIS (Daytona International Speedway).

Chris Bires, brother-in-law of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Johnny Sauter and fellow NASCAR drivers Jay and Tim Sauter will continue to serve as crew chief of the No. 6 Monte Carlo.

Jeff Spraker of Spraker Racing Enterprises will return to BlackJack Racing this weekend serving as a consultant to both the driver and crew.

"I am very lucky," said Bean. "I have a great team. All they care about is winning. If we are not in a position to win, they want to get me as close to number one as possible. Chris (Bires) and the crew do a flawless job. Sometimes they don't get enough credit, but I appreciate all they do. Jeff has been so influential in my career. He really has been a great asset to this team and I'm glad to have him on our side this weekend."

Heading into Daytona, driver Dexter Bean has 26 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with two-top fives finishes and seven top-10 efforts. He holds a career best finish of fourth at Pocono Raceway (July 2006) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 2006). He owns the 2006 Pork pole award at Salem Speedway (September) while hoisting a career-best superspeedway time trials effort of fourth at Pocono Raceway (June 2006). Bean also has controlled the ARCA field for 84 laps in three races.

The ARCA 200 at Daytona (80 laps/200 miles) is the first of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Thursday, February 8 with a five-hour (12:00pm-5:00pm EST) practice session planned. Qualifying is slated for Friday, February 9 at 12:00pm EST. Final practice is limited to 55 minutes (5:15-6:10pm EST) on Friday evening. The ARCA 200 at Daytona will be aired live on the SPEED channel beginning at 4:00pm EST.


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Series ARCA
Drivers Tim Sauter , Jeff Spraker , Dexter Bean