Talladega: Dexter Bean preview

Dexter Bean Looking To Continue Top-10 Streak At Talladega Talladega, Ala. (October 1, 2007) - - With just two races left on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) schedule, Dexter Bean is looking to keep his BlackJack Racing team in the spotlight...

Dexter Bean Looking To Continue Top-10 Streak At Talladega

Talladega, Ala. (October 1, 2007) - - With just two races left on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) schedule, Dexter Bean is looking to keep his BlackJack Racing team in the spotlight with Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

For the third time in his career, Bean will tackle the breathtaking 2.666-mile oval where he is hopes to capture his third straight top-10 finish. In his two previous attempts at Talladega, which came in 2005 and 2006, Bean started 21st and finished 10th. While both efforts were good, Bean knows that his 2007 season has been excellent so far and he would like to see his No. 6 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet take the trophy on Friday.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Talladega, it's one of my favorite events on the schedule," said the 20-year sophomore ARS driver. "We've worked hard on our restrictor plate program and it has shown here in the past. As a team, we're heading into the race with the mindset that we can go out there and run like we have in the past."

Bean continued, "Talladega is a crucial race. It's a race that you can't just think you are going to go out and run well. All of the components have to come together. You have to bring a good car, a stout motor and of course, your team has to be on top of their game. There's no doubt in my mind that we'll have our ducks in-a-row on Friday and we'll challenge for our 11th top-10 of the season."

Crew Chief Chris Bires has elected to bring the same Chevrolet that the team raced in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. The BlackJack Racing team has made drastic changes to their Monte Carlo SS in preparation for the final Superspeedway event of the 2007 ARS season.

"We have a pretty good piece for this weekend," added Bean, a native of Westby, Wisconsin. "Chris has spent a lot of time and effort on this car and it should play to our advantage. We had a good car in Daytona, just got tied up in someone else's mess. Tesar has given us great motors this year. Their restrictor plate motor will be no slouch either, so we're coming fully prepared."

Bean currently sits third in the Championship Point Standings heading into the 45th ARCA race held at Talladega Superspeedway, and he knows that another good effort will help him secure a podium finish with only one event after Talladega; the season finale at Toledo Speedway on October 14th.

"We've had a great season, no complaints," said Bean.J"However, Talladega is a race that can make a huge dent if you get swept into the "big one." We've been fortunate to stay out of the mess the last two years and I know that if we keep ourselves in the lead draft on Friday that our chances of being involved in a wreck diminish. But you have to be prepared. You can be good at Talladega, but you have to be lucky too."

The NASCAR bound driver also included, "We had a great car at Salem a couple weeks ago, but we lost a right front tire and Justin (Allgaier) was able to make some ground up in the standings. We don't want to have a bad race, but we know that it's a possibility. We've picked up the pieces from Salem and now aiming all of our concentration on Friday's race."

With no primary sponsorship locked for Talladega, BlackJack Racing is glad to have local longtime supporter Five Star Telecom (FST) on board as an associate sponsor. Since their beginning in 1973, FST has become one of the largest interconnect companies in the Upper Midwest, with multiple locations serving the tri-state area.

In addition to FST, BlackJack Racing will also have support from The Redmont Hotel. The Redmont Hotel and Residences is a 14 story, 114-room hotel, residence and conference center located on the corner of 5th Avenue North and 21st Street in Birmingham, Alabama. The Redmont, named after Birmingham's Red Mountain, is the oldest hotel in Birmingham still in use. The Redmont, which was built in 1925, will host Dexter Bean and the BlackJack Racing team. In turn, Bean's Chevrolet show car will be on display at the hotel between 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd. In addition, Bean will be on-hand to sign autographs for one hour, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Entering Talladega, Dexter Bean has 49 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with five top-five finishes and 16 top-10 efforts. He holds a career best finish of second at Salem Speedway and Pocono Raceway (April 2007 and June 2007). He owns the 2006 ARCA SIM Factory pole award at Salem Speedway (September 2006) while hoisting a career-best speedway time trials effort of fourth at Pocono Raceway (June 2006). Bean has also led 138 laps in six races.

-credit: bjr

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