Top Five Finish for Team GLOCK Racing at DuQuoin Decending upon Southern Illinois and the venerable 56th Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, TEAM GLOCK Racing's Dexter Bean didn't take long to get re- acquainted with the...
Top Five Finish for Team GLOCK Racing at DuQuoin
Decending upon Southern Illinois and the venerable 56th Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, TEAM GLOCK Racing's Dexter Bean didn't take long to get re- acquainted with the one mile dirt track that has historically allowed the young driver to showcase his roots in stock car driving. But no matter how comfortable Dexter has been with the course, a win has been elusive for the third year driver. Yet this Labor Day where Frank Kimmel was the man to beat, Dexter showed early that he was the best car that could challenge for the win.
Qualifying third, the Spraker Racing Chevy never got to see what they really brought to the track as a late practice mock run was stymied by a packed track making the best of things at the end of the practice session. Dialed in, Dexter's qualifying run was just four one - hundreths off the track qualifying record, which was broken by Kimmel and set by Ricky Stenhouse.
With such a stout field lined up in front and behind the TEAM GLOCK Chevy, the start quickly determined who would be chasing and who would be chased. Lining up third and moving comfortably into second, the laps became routine until the first pit stop elapsed. Staggered by points and by placement, the Jeff Spraker owned and prepared race car was placed between teams that were further back in the points. This usually allows for a first in and first out opportunity. Yet the first pit stop would find that the youthful inexperience of other teams effecting the race day. Having to maneuver around staggered cars in the pits, the racecar received front end damage that required the racer to head back to the pits for an inspection and some good old fashioned racing body work. With a couple of well placed sledgehammer blows to the fender, Dexter was sent back to the track well behind the leader and with more than twenty racers to pass.
Moving methodically through the pack and gaining on each lap, the decision was made to bring Dexter in for fresh rubber in hopes that the late race strategies would leave most of the drivers on the track and TEAM GLOCK with fresh rubber to make a final run. With ten laps remaining, the crowd was treated to what would be some of the most remarkable racing of the day as Dexter and team overtook six cars in ten laps to tap down his fourth top five win of the year. "It was a solid effort by everyone. That gave us the ability to come back from some pretty rough luck in the pits," stated Jeff Spraker. "With these types of tracks in this series, they can make you or break you and it requires a team effort to pull through the inevitable diversity a team is going to face."
With five races remaining, the team's focus shifts a little further north to the Chicagoland Raceway, a speedway where Dexter has found much success in the past. "We have a good car and good crew scheduled for this next race," states Bean. "Coming off such a great effort, this will propel us to finish stronger and hopefully capture that first win for us this year."
The Chicago ARCA 200 is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th at 5pm CST.