Gus Dean returns to ARCA competition at Talladega Superspeedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGTOS) rookie Gus Dean (@gusdean) will take advantage of an off weekend and return to the ARCA Menards Series to compete in Friday afternoon’s General Tire 200 at the famed Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

The 2.66-mile superspeedway will always be a special race track for the Bluffton, S.C. Three years ago, Dean scored his first career ARCA victory in a breathtaking finish in then a one-race deal for Mason Mitchell Motorsports. The victory in Dean’s second career ARCA start enticed his marketing partner at the time to increase their relationship with Dean which included two full-time seasons of ARCA competition with Win-Tron Racing.

Returning to Talladega for the fourth time in his career, Dean hopes to rekindle the jubilation of 2016 and lead Win-Tron Racing, a former ARCA winner at Talladega back to Victory Lane on Friday afternoon.

“Very excited to come back to race in the ARCA Menard Series and especially at Talladega Superspeedway,” said Dean. “The victory in 2016 will be something I’ll never forget and is very important to me – but I’m ready to make new memories on Friday with Win-Tron Racing.”

Dean believes he’ll have an opportunity to contend for his third career ARCA Menards Series victory because of the work of his crew chief Jamie Jones who has been methodically fine-tuning his No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro for Dean’s 49th career start.

The Mooresville, N.C.-based team has repaired Dean’s No. 32 Chevrolet that led 29 laps in the season-opening race at Daytona before being collected in a late-race accident while challenging for the win. Dean, 24, feels his race car will be just as fast if not faster next weekend.

“I can’t begin to thank Jamie (Jones), Kevin (Cywinski, car owner) and the guys for their work on our speedway car,” added Dean. “Jamie has worked very hard to repair the car from Daytona. It was one of the best speedway cars I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have a finish to show that.

“I’m confident we can go to Talladega and backup our Daytona performance and once again showcase the team’s strength. We just need a little superspeedway luck.”

Longtime Dean supporter CAB Installers will serve as the co-primary marketing partner for the Apr.  26 race, while Nu-Calgon joins the organization to share the spotlight in the team’s second race of the year.

Nu-Calgon, formerly part of Calgon Corporation and Calgon Vestal Laboratories, has been a leader in the HVACR aftermarket for the past 70 years. It is strategically headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, where it distributes its products from a 100,000 square-foot warehouse.

Nu-Calgon markets and distributes a complete line of specialty chemical products for the HVACR aftermarket. These include coil cleaners, leak sealants, air purifiers and refrigeration oils, as well as products for water treatment, ice machine maintenance, and other specialty applications.

These products are marketed to air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and plumbing wholesalers, as well as food service | restaurant suppliers and OEMs.

“I can’t thank CAB Installers and Nu-Calgon for making Talladega possible,” added Dean. “Without them, I would haven’t this chance and I want to thank them personally with a celebration in Victory Lane. That would be perfect.”

Win-Tron Racing car owner Kevin Cywinski says the team has been determined since the Daytona finish to rebuild their piece and come back to Talladega and finish what they started during Speedweeks 2019.

“Gus drove the best restrictor plate I’ve ever seen him drive in February,” said Cywinski. “He did everything right – just was at the right place at the wrong time a couple laps from the finish. We’ve repaired the car and should be pretty strong on Friday.

“Superspeedway racing is always pretty tense, but Gus has a craft for it. With the teamwork of him, Jamie and our spotter Tyler Green – I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”

Dean will carry the Nu-Calgon onboard camera for Friday afternoon’s race – providing an exclusive view of the action from inside his automobile.

In addition to Nu-Calgon and CAB Installers, Baker Distributing Co. and LG Air Conditioning Technologies will serve as an associate marketing partner for the anticipated thriller.

In Dean’s three previous ARCA starts, he has one win, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In 2018, he finished 12th after having to pit for fuel in ARCA overtime.

For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.com or like him on Facebook.  Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.

Learn more at Win-TronRacing.com, Facebook or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr. 26 with an hour and twenty-five-minute session planned from 8:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:35 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

About Nu-Calgon:

Nu-Calgon (nucalgon.com) formerly part of Calgon Corporation and Calgon Vestal Laboratories, has been a leader in the HVACR aftermarket for the past 70 years. It is strategically headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, where it distributes its products from a 100,000 square-foot warehouse.

Nu-Calgon markets and distributes a complete line of specialty chemical products for the HVACR aftermarket. These include coil cleaners, leak sealants, air purifiers and refrigeration oils, as well as products for water treatment, ice machine maintenance, and other specialty applications.

These products are marketed to air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and plumbing wholesalers, as well as food service | restaurant suppliers and OEMs.

Nu-Calgon has 31 factory sales professionals located across the United States and Canada, providing many years of sales and product experience.

About Baker Distributing Company:

Founded in 1945, Baker Distributing Company (bakerdist.com) is engaged in the sales and distribution of HVAC, refrigeration and food service, equipment, parts and supplies for residential and commercial applications.

With over 200 locations in 22 states, each Baker Distributing Sales Center is staffed by the most knowledgeable and customer service-oriented people in our industry.  With a complete inventory of HVAC/R products and technical assistance, our Sales Centers can provide you with the products and information you need to make your job and you more efficient.

About LG Electronics USA Air Conditioning Technologies:

The LG Electronics USA Air Conditioning Technologies business is based in Alpharetta, Ga. LG is a leading player in the global air conditioning market, manufacturing both commercial and residential air conditioners and providing total sustainability and building management solutions. From consumer and individual units to industrial and specialized air conditioning systems, LG provides a wide range of products for heating, ventilating and air conditioning.

The company’s industry-leading variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology minimizes efficiency losses, provides sustainable energy savings and offers some of the lowest life cycle cost of any system on the market today. LG is a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. LG Electronics USA, based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc., a $55 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, mobile communications, home appliances and air solutions.

For more information, please visit lghvac.com.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team entering its 12th season of Motorsports competition located in “Race City USA.”

Owned by former champion racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete in the ARCA Menards Series with Bluffton, S.C. driver Gus Dean.

Learn more at Win-TronRacing.com, Facebook or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

Strong performances runs empty for Gus Dean at Talladega Superspeedway

Team: No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet SS
Driver: Gus Dean (@gusdean)
Crew Chief: Jamie Jones
Start: 14th
Finish: 12th; Running (87 | 87 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: Eighth | Owner Points Position: 11th
Follow the Team: @WinTronRacing; @gusdean; @GREE_Racing

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Gus Dean; GREE Racing looking for cool moment again at Talladega Superspeedway

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Fresh off a top-10 finish in this past Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem Speedway, sophomore driver Gus Dean (@GusDean) and his Win-Tron Racing trek to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway eyeing a win in Friday afternoon’s General Tire 200.

Dean, a native of Bluffton, S.C. returns to the 2.66-mile superspeedway looking to rekindle a cool moment when the former Late Model standout scored his first ARCA win in his second start two years ago at Talladega.

The triumph — burst the well-liked South Carolinian onto the scene and allowed his relationship with GREE, the world’s largest manufacturer of specialized cooling and heating products to blossom.

Determined to win his second ARCA race but first with Mooresville, N.C-based Win-Tron Racing, the 23-year-old believes his team has the capabilities to relive one of the best days of his life.

“Talladega will always be a special place for me,” said Dean. “I love the place for obvious reasons, but I also enjoy restrictor plate racing. The strong car my Win-Tron Racing gave me in Daytona has me excited to get back to Talladega and see what we can do.”

While the results haven’t been what Dean or his Jamie Jones led team has hoped thus far, the team has shown strength in the speed of their No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet in the first three races of 2018.

The team hasn’t qualified any worse than eighth and at Daytona in February, Dean contended for a top-five finish despite being collected in an early race incident before being involved in another crash on the initial white flag of the race.

Dean’s superspeedway car was heavily damaged in the season-opening race, but diligent work by Win-Tron and Performance Vehicle Works have repaired the car to bring him an equal or better car to what he had at Daytona.

“Daytona was the first race for the composite car on a superspeedway and I was pretty happy with it,” added Dean. “We knew some changes we wanted to make to make our No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet better for Talladega. I think we will be better.”

Settled inside the top-10 in the championship standings, Dean isn’t concerned about the championship at this point, instead – he’s focused on earning as many points as possible – hoping his performance will allow his Kevin Cywinski-owned team to crawl out of their deficit from Daytona and Nashville.

“We just need to do us,” Dean explained. “We’ve made some huge gains in qualifying and that’s allowed us to start near the front. Now, we just need to keep doing our best to capitalize on those strong starting spots and turning them into top-five finishes and wins.

“I know with Jamie and the devoted effort from my team, we’ll get there.”

Kevin Cywinski, team principal of Win-Tron Racing says while restrictor-plate racing is nerve-wracking from an owners’ perspective, however, having a qualified driver like Dean behind the wheel eases some of the nervousness.

“For the past couple years, Gus has shown a knack for plate racing,” he said. “He is smart when it comes to plate racing. He listens and knows when to push it and when to back off. He showed that at Daytona and I know he has the capabilities to do it again this weekend at Talladega.

“He wants to win for GREE, Tradewinds and Baker Distributing in the worst way. And so, do I. Hopefully, on Friday afternoon we can avoid the chaos and get it done.”

In 30 career ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting a career-best second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has eight top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr.  27 with an hour and fifty-minute practice session from 8:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Central).

For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all-new website at GusDean.com or like him on Facebook.  Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.

For additional information on GREE Racing, please like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing.

Learn more at Win-TronRacing.com, Facebook or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

About GREE:

In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, we’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world.

Based in Zhuhai, China, we’re now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.

About Baker Distributing Company:

Founded in 1945, Baker Distributing Company (bakerdist.com) is engaged in the sales and distribution of HVAC, refrigeration and food service, equipment, parts and supplies for residential and commercial applications.

With over 200 locations in 22 states, each Baker Distributing Sales Center is staffed by the most knowledgeable and customer service-oriented people in our industry.  With a complete inventory of HVAC/R products and technical assistance, our Sales Centers can provide you with the products and information you need to make your job and you more efficient.

About Win-Tron Racing:

Headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., Win-Tron Racing (@WinTronRacing) is a professional race team entering its 11th season of Motorsports competition.

Owned by former champion racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2018 with Bluffton, S.C. driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE | Baker Distributing Chevrolet.

Learn more at Win-TronRacing.com, Facebook or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.