Dexter Bean Had a Top-Ten Finish within His Reach during Winchester's One-day Thrill Seeker WINCHESTER, Indiana (May 7, 2006) - -Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Dexter Bean shows style and grace at Winchester's wicked short track event. Bean is a...
Dexter Bean Had a Top-Ten Finish within His Reach during Winchester's One-day Thrill Seeker
WINCHESTER, Indiana (May 7, 2006) - -Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Dexter Bean shows style and grace at Winchester's wicked short track event. Bean is a driver that shows patience and determination on every track he visits. But he shows exceptional patience on short tracks like this .5 mile high banked paved oval. This was the first time in career history that this 19 year old had made the trip to Winchester Speedway. Bean used every opportunity he had this weekend to become familiar with the track.Bean has been anxious to get back on the race track since the unfortunate incident at Salem two weeks ago. Bean and his No. 6 Five Star Telecom,VOTE4DEXTER.com-Racin' for a Livin' Chevrolet Monte Carlo was unable to finish that race as a result of a re-start pile up that took out six of the leading cars.
"I am ready to go! I want to get out there, run well and make it to the end. We really need to be there for the end of this one," explained Bean.
Practice began at 9:30 AM Sunday morning. Bean and his crew used the one and a half hour practice time to make a few laps, and then make a few adjustments. Everyone wanted to make sure that the car was in great condition for this race. The team was running the same car that ran in Salem two weeks prior. The front end was replaced and Bean was confident that this car would have an exceptional run here at Winchester. Once adjustments were made the team used the last minutes of the practice session to do run a mock qualifying round.
Bean's crew chief Chris Bires, mentor Jeff Spraker of Spraker Racing Enterprises, and his spotter Tony Bagstad, did an excellent job making sure Bean was hitting his mark and made the correct adjustments when they were needed.
One-day events like these don't allow much time to relax! Pork Pole Qualifying began at 12:30 PM and consisted of two laps. Bean drew the second position in qualifying order, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Bean made his two qualifying laps and played the waiting game to find out the exact qualifying order. Lap one of qualifying carried a time of 16.802 seconds, and returned for lap two with a time of 16.784 seconds, with an overall speed of 107.245 MPH. The qualifying results were in and Bean would kick of the ARCA 200 Presented by Construct Corps in 13th position.
Before the start of the ARCA 200, Bean took advantage of an on track autograph session, which gave him the chance to meet with long time fans and introducing himself to his newest fans. Bean interacted with as many people as he possibly could before the start of the race.
The green flag waved at 2:30 PM. The sound of roaring engines rumbled the stands at Winchester's Speedway and pounded the chests of every fan in the house! Words of encouragement came over the radio telling Bean this would be a great race! The first caution was out on lap seven and on a short track like this, it wouldn't be the last. Bean's team advised him to pay close attention to his surroundings and make sure he followed tire tracks to avoid any debris on the track.
Bean kept the tires warm during the caution, paying close attention to how the car was running and preparing for the restart. The green was out on lap 14, it was a good restart. He ran for a short time, hardly warming up the tires when the caution was out again on lap 20."You're doing a great job out there. Let's keep our nose clean and run this race!" encouraged Spraker.
The green was out on lap 25. Bean had an excellent restart and did a great job hitting his marks, keeping his rhythm, and making his entrance into each turn. The race spent the majority of the first half running in caution, but Bean made the most of it. This gave him and his team a chance to focus on the smallest of details for the remainder of the ARCA 200.
"Doing a good job Dex, listen to Tony and we will have a good day here!" coached Spraker.
The strategy to stay out as long as possible without pitting was a big advantage for Bean. The car was running really well, and there wasn't a need to pit until the tires had a few good laps on them.JBean's crew made the decision to pit when the caution flew on lap 87. Four tires and full tank fuel was all that was needed. Bean's amazing pit crew had him back on the track in a blink of an eye, advancing him a few spots. Bean used the remainder of the caution to put some heat in the tires, anticipating the restart.
Bean ran like a seasoned veteran on this track, avoiding "the Big One," staying calm and focused throughout this event. Bean was running in seventh position and gaining when there were motor problems. With 25 laps until the checkered flag flew, Bean running in seventh position came over the radio, indicating the motor didn't sound right and with in a second the smoke flew.With what appeared to be a top-ten finish within his grasps, Bean was done. The motor blew and there wasn't anything that anyone could do. A disappointing finish to a well run race. Bean ended up placing 23rd.
"It's a tough break; we were running really well and stayed out of trouble throughout the entire race. It really would have been nice to be there at the end," stated Bean.
Although this wasn't the finish Bean and BlackJack Racing was hoping for, they are all looking forward to next weeks appearance at the Kentucky Speedway, in Sparta, Kentucky. This is the fifth event on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150 will take place Mother's Day weekend. Practice will take place on Friday May 12 from 3:00-5:00 PM, qualifying begins at 8:30 AM Saturday May 13th, and the event kicks off at 3:00PM May 13th. The Kentucky ARCA 150 consists of 150 miles the equivalent of 100 laps.
Another reminder!! Bean is still in the top-five for the Racin' for a Livin' reality television series and needs your votes! You can place your votes at www.vote4dexter.com until July 31st. Let's send this talented young man to the NASCAR Busch Series. Thanks for all the support.