Sweet Salem Memories For Dexter Bean "Wisconsin Native Ready To Repeat '06 Fall Performance" SALEM, Indiana (Wednesday, April 18, 2007) - - If you asked sophomore ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Dexter Bean which race he is most looking forward to...
Sweet Salem Memories For Dexter Bean
"Wisconsin Native Ready To Repeat '06 Fall Performance"
SALEM, Indiana (Wednesday, April 18, 2007) - - If you asked sophomore ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Dexter Bean which race he is most looking forward to this season, a rough yet fast Salem Speedway ranks high on his list. And for good reason.
Last September, Bean burst into the spotlight in the ARS (ARCA RE/MAX Series) after grabbing the ARCA pole award in last September's Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts. Bean took control of the event leading from the pole and a career high 64 laps before finishing a solid 11th.
Now, Bean has had time to reflect on that historical night and aims for even sweeter results Sunday.
"I can't wait to get back to Salem," said Dexter Bean, driver of the No. 6 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "Salem will always hold special memories not only for myself but for my team too. We had a good car in both events last year; just unfortunately we were involved in the "big one" in the spring event which took us from potentially collecting our first victory. This weekend, we look to finish what we started in both events and prepare for a huge celebration in victory lane."
The BlackJack Racing team strolls into the second short track event of the season on the heels of a thrilling ninth place finish at Nashville Superspeedway two weeks ago. After starting 24th, Bean catapulted his machine through the field to edge eight time ARS champion Frank Kimmel for the top-10 position. The eighth top-10 finish of the team's career put the team back on the momentum train with a huge side of confidence rolling into the first of two events at the historic half-mile oval this season.
"Nashville was a good event for us," continued Bean, who spent his ARCA off weekend competing in the season opener for the Wisconsin Challenge Series (WCS). "We had a great car and we were able to put our season back on track. Hopefully the bad luck is out of the way for now and we can continue to gain points and post good finishes."
Bean heads into Sunday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 by Federated Auto Parts sitting a career-best sixth in championship points, just 35 credits outside the top-five. With points a big picture for the Westby, Wisconsin native, Bean plans to have a very conservative race.
"If we have a good car, we have to show that we have a good car, but we all have to use our heads. We cannot afford to make any mistakes and we don't plan to. It's an incredible feeling to be sitting where we are, but if we don't have a little luck and a strategy we know we could go the other way just as fast. We'll think positive and concentrate on Sunday and let the points fall into place."
While BlackJack Racing is still searching for additional sponsorship of Bean's No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the team is glad to have local longtime supporter Five Star Telecom onboard this weekend as an associate sponsor.
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.
Rolling into Salem, the part-time NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) driver has 30 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with two-top fives finishes and eight 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.