Pocono: Dexter Bean race report

7th Place Finish for Bean and Team GLOCK at Pocono Dexter Bean and Team GLOCK finished 7th on Saturday at Pocono, PA in the Pocono ARCA 200. It was a hot day at the track and Team GLOCK started the race in the 33rd position. Dexter unfortunately...

7th Place Finish for Bean and Team GLOCK at Pocono

Dexter Bean and Team GLOCK finished 7th on Saturday at Pocono, PA in the Pocono ARCA 200. It was a hot day at the track and Team GLOCK started the race in the 33rd position. Dexter unfortunately hit the turn two wall during qualifying which caused him to start the race at the end of the pack. "We had a great car and practiced fourth, but I didn't get a clean lap during practice when I ran a mock qualifying run. I had the right strategy in mind for qualifying when I started on the track. I had a good run going into turn one, but I picked the throttle up, started to go sideways and lost it. I wrecked the car enough aerodynamically to pull the backup car out. It was a disappointment I felt that I had let everyone down," said Dexter.

After qualifying on Friday, Team GLOCK kept busy preparing the backup car for the race the following day. Spraker Racing acquired the car from BlackJack Racing. Dexter had three top ten finishes with it when he was driving for his family owned BlackJack Racing team, so Team GLOCK was confident that they could have a strong finish in the race the following day.

At the start of the race, Dexter pitted during caution laps three and 6 to receive some track bar adjustments. Team GLOCK also pitted under caution during lap 10 where the #37 GLOCK Chevrolet received four tires, some track bar adjustments and gas.

By lap 17, Dexter had moved into the 20th position and was in the 17th position by lap 22. During caution lap 29, Team GLOCK Racing over the wall guys quickly made a couple adjustments to the track bar. That gave Dexter the momentum to hustle onto the track and lead the race by lap 31 as well as during the restart with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier running behind him. "I would like to thank the over the wall guys who did a great job during the pit stops which caused me to gain positions and take the lead during a time in the race. It was very exciting to run top of the field at Pocono. It is my favorite track on the 2008 schedule and I couldn't have done it if it weren't for the over the wall guy's efforts."

The checkered flag waived on lap #86 due to lap #80 being under caution. Dexter crossed the finish line in the 7th position. Due to the circumstances of the weekend events, Dexter and #37 Team GLOCK had a decent race at Pocono Speedway. "I really wasn't sure how the race would go in the backup car, but it turned into a positive day for Team GLOCK. I was a little leery at the beginning of the race, but after a couple laps, I knew what the car could do and how it was handling the track. We had to make a couple adjustments to get it right and finished the race in the top ten," said Dexter. When asked about the return to Pocono in August, Dexter mentioned, "I expect big things when I come back to Pocono. I am going to take it easy during qualifying and hope to be in the front when I cross the checkered flag."

The next stop on the tour for Team GLOCK is the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 13th. Dexter and #37 Team GLOCK tested there a couple weeks ago and feel confident that they have a good car for the race. Jeff Spraker of Spraker Racing Enterprises adds, "We have tested at Michigan and have a good car. We will use the car that Dexter raced here at Pocono for the Michigan backup car, so we should be in a good position there."

-credit: tg

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Jeff Spraker , Dexter Bean