Fresh off their season-best finish this past Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway, sophomore ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Gus Dean (@GusDean) and his Win-Tron Racing team return to short track racing looking for a win in Friday night’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway.
Riding the confidence aboard his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet and gelling with new crew chief Jamie Jones, the Bluffton, S.C. native hopes his return to Madison has a silver lining.
“After a tough start to the season, we’re feeling pretty good right now,” said Dean who sits sixth in the championship standings after eight races. “We’ve showcased over the last two races that we’ve had a fast-enough No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet capable of winning and I hope we’re able to continue that trend Friday night at Madison.
An accomplished short track racer from the south, Dean hopes he’s able to better his performance from last year at the 0.5-mile paved oval where he finished ninth after starting seventh.
“Madison is one of those race tracks where we just missed it a little bit last year,” said Dean. “Jamie and I have discussed what we need to do to be better with our car this weekend and I believe that we will be. It’s 200 laps short-track style – so we just have to be around for the finish and earn another good result.”
With every position putting crucial points on the board, Dean says he knows his Win-Tron Racing team is on the verge of winning. And with a little luck in Madison, the 23-year-old could tally his second career ARCA Racing Series victory.
“Right now, it’s all about the wins,” said Dean. “With our bad luck at the start of the season, we’ve been playing catchup. The last two weekends we were able to earn some strong finishes and reap the benefits of the points that come along with that. It’s a tight field though right now. There’s a lot of strong cars.
“We just need to find our own rhythm and continue to believe that we’ve turned the corner and look out the windshield and hope the rest of the dominoes will fall in place. A win is around the corner, I really believe that.”