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Gus Dean Takes Checkered Flag in Talladega Nailbiter

Gus Dean Takes Checkered Flag in Talladega Nailbiter

by April 30, 2016 0 comments

Mason Mitchell Motorsports’s Gus Dean eked out a victory over ARCA Racing Series championship contender Josh Williams at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday to win the General Tire 200.

Dean, 21, took his first career series victory in what was his second career ARCA start. Dean’s No. 98 Chevrolet was stout throughout the day, starting the race on the front row and hanging around the front of the field when it counted during the 74-lap race.

At the end of the day, it was the Bluffton, S.C. native that prevailed over Williams at the waving of what would be the final caution flag of the race on Lap 73. While the typical late-race procedure for ARCA calls for a green-flag finish – no matter how many attempts it takes – impending inclement weather and darkness forced the race to be called following the final caution.

“I can’t thank GREE and Mason Mitchell Motorsports enough, they gave me a second chance and we didn’t disappoint,” Dean said. “We had a top notch car all day long in practice, qualifying and the race. It got pretty wild towards the end, especially on the final restart but we were able to stay out of trouble and end up in victory lane.

“Mason and the team made an excellent pit call during our only pit stop. We lost a little bit of track position and had to comeback through the field. We worked the draft right and everything aligned for us to go to victory lane”

Behind Dean and Williams in the running order were Chase Briscoe, Will Kimmel, Sean Corr, Tom Hessert, Dalton Sargeant, Matt Kurzejewski, Bret Holmes and Brady Boswell.

As multiple title contenders found themselves in the top-10 of the race’s finishing order, the points leader entering Friday’s race, John Wes Townley found issues on Lap 57 as he brought out the caution for stalling on the race track. This year’s Lucas Oil 200 winner went on to finish in the 29th position.

Up next for the ARCA Racing Series will be the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 22nd.

Briscoe will be the unofficial points leader heading into the event over Williams by 15 points. After his Talladega troubles, Townley has slipped to third in points – 35 points behind Briscoe’s lead.

Finishing Order of the General Tire 200

  1. 98 – Gus Dean
  2. 6 – Josh Williams
  3. 77 – Chase Briscoe
  4. 69 – Will Kimmel
  5. 48 – Sean Corr
  6. 25 – Tom Hessert
  7. 55 – Dalton Sargeant
  8. 52 – Matt Kurzejewski
  9. 23 – Bret Holmes
  10. 22 – Brady Boswell
  11. 32 – Shane Lee
  12. 58 – Kyle Weatherman
  13. 15 – Brett Hudson
  14. 38 – Sheldon Creed
  15. 57 – Bryan Dauzat
  16. 9 – Thomas Praytor
  17. 34 – Willie Mullins
  18. 10 – Ed Pompa
  19. 66 – Mark Thompson
  20. 5 – Bobby Gerhart (-1)
  21. 14 – Dustin Knowles (-1)
  22. 59 – Korbin Forrester (-1)
  23. 17 – Gene Paul (-1)
  24. 2 – Brad Smith (-1)
  25. 64 – Bobby Hamilton Jr. (-2)
  26. 42 – Bo LeMastus (Accident)
  27. 13 – George Cushman (Accident)
  28. 30 – Terry Jones (Accident)
  29. 05 – John Wes Townley (Electrical)
  30. 12 – Tyler Audie (DNF)
  31. 02 – Andy Seuss (Radio)
  32. 36 – Brandon Lynn (Transmission)
  33. 06 – Joey Gattina (Too Slow)
  34. 27 – Richard Doheny (Vibration)
  35. 0 – Tim Viens (Engine)
  36. Photo Credit: ARCAracing.com
Kyle Pokrefky
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