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Gus Dean will be a busy man during Speedweeks

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

Busy is the magic word for Gus Dean as he runs three races in the course of a week.

First, on Saturday night, Dean will drive the No. 32 Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Menards Series for Win-Tron Racing. From there, the Bluffton, S.C. native will drive his No. 56 Baker Distributing Chevrolet in the World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.

Finally, Dean will return to Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race in the No. 56 Chevrolet Silverado for Hill Motorsports in collaboration with Win-Tron Racing.

This is the second straight year that Dean will run all three races. Last year he finished 26th, 25th, and 15th respectively.

“I’m extremely blessed to have another jam-packed couple of weeks in Florida,” explained Dean. “I’m excited to get back in an ARCA car with my guys at Win-Tron Racing, have some fun Super Late Model Racing and having the opportunity to come back and get back in a truck on February 14. A lot of people continue to believe in me and I’m thankful for everyone’s support.”

In 51 career ARCA Menard Series starts, Dean has two victories including one at Talladega Superspeedway. He also has 14 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes. Dean has yet to be running at the finish in a race at Daytona International Speedway.

“Kevin (Cywinski, team owner) and Jamie (Jones, crew chief) have built me a really fast Chevrolet for the ARCA Menards Series race,” Dean stated. “I keep thinking we can’t go back to the track and have a better superspeedway piece than we did the last time, but this car that we had at the test is really good.

“It drafted very well, and we had a lot of speed. I’ve always run near the front at Daytona but always get caught up in something. This year, I want to see that checkered flag and hopefully, I can bring Win-Tron Racing back to Victory Lane at a superspeedway.”

Dean has competed the Super Late Model division of the World Series of Asphalt Racing in six seasons. In 25 starts he has two top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

“We have some really good things going on with our Super Late Model program this year and I think everyone will see as the year goes on – the changes we’ve made and continue to make to bring that program more competitive than ever.”

The alliance with Hill Motorsports was natural for Dean. The competition between team owner Timmy Hill and the 25-year-old dates back to their time in the Allison Legacy Series. While it took a little longer for Dean to climb up the racing ladder, he and Timmy have remained friends.

“Timmy and I have been friends a long time,” sounded Dean. “Between Timmy, his brother Tyler, we’ve been racing against each other for years, going back to Legacy cars and such. It’s fun to put all the pieces together and get this chance to go to Daytona and leaving nothing on the table.”

Currently, Dean does not have any full-time deals in place. Although that means he is not competing for a championship, it does open his schedule to compete throughout the year.

“We’re not going for a championship this year, but we’re going to do a lot of racing in a lot of different series,” admitted Dean. “I have a lot of support and the races we do compete at – we’re focused on racing near the front and making a statement. I’m excited for the year and just thankful I get to still drive race cars for a living.”

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