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Dexter Bean Hopes Hometown Advantage Equals First Victory In Milwaukee

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Dexter Bean, Governor’s Cup 200

Dexter Bean Hopes Hometown Advantage Equals First Victory In Milwaukee

Chris Knight
BlackJack Racing
August 23, 2007


WEST ALLIS, Wisconsin (Thursday, August 23, 2007) - - It looks like Dexter Bean’s wish of the rain going away will come true. Torrential rain and fierce thunderstorms have invaded Bean’s home state of Wisconsin . The unexpected weather pattern has Bean’s hometown of Westby , Wisconsin seeing record flooding, mudslides and damaging winds.

With the system subsiding by Friday, Bean can head to The Milwaukee Mile this weekend knowing that the rain is gone for now and the skies should see sunshine allowing Bean to focus on Sunday’s Governors Cup 200 without any obstacles.

“I’m glad the rain is going to be gone,” said Bean, who lives three hours from The Milwaukee Mile. “It’s been a tough week for everyone in the state of Wisconsin . The record book shows that it’s been 100 years since a system like this has blasted its way through. Luckily for all of us, it should clear up for race weekend and we can focus on the race.”

Bean is a huge fan of The Milwaukee Mile and residing just hours away brings a plethora of fans and support for Bean in this weekend’s event.

“A lot of people think a race like Daytona or Talladega is the biggest race of the year, but for me, it’s this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. I love competing at the track, it’s a fun place to race and I have a lot of support.”

He continued, “We have a bus coming from Westby full of people to watch the race. That means a lot to me. We should have a good car this weekend, so hopefully I’ll make everyone proud on Sunday.”

Crew Chief Chris Bires has elected to bring the same Chevrolet Monte Carlo the team competed with at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield , Illinois last Sunday. In the Allen Crowe 100, Bean started third after the field was set by points, rallied back from an early race pit stop to collect a stout fifth place.

“We’ve made some adjustments to the car to set it up for The Milwaukee Mile,” said Bean, who enters this weekend’s race third in the championship standings. “We had a good run going last year, but didn’t collect the finish we deserved. We’re on a roll again with three straight top-10 finishes. I’m hungry for a win; I just hope we can deliver a good run in our backyard this weekend.”

With seven races remaining on the schedule and Bean currently still in contention for the championship, he knows the consistency has to continue in order to be in the hunt for his first driver’s championship.

“I would like to see the championship come down to Toledo ,” explained Bean. “We’ve had a great year. No complaints. Realistically, it’s going to take some misfortune by the other guys for us to catch up. We’ve made a lot of ground up in Pocono, but lost a tiny bit last weekend. The only thing we can really do is continue to give everything each and every week and hope for the best.”

Bean will pull double duty this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. In addition to the ARCA RE/MAX Series race, Bean has entered the Wisconsin All-Star 50 late model event which is scheduled to run shortly after the conclusion of the ARCA race.

“The late model race is all about having fun. We’ve been prepping this car for a while and we should be pretty good. It’s going to be a tough field with Matt Kenseth in the race, but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of adrenaline from the ARCA race. Our goal is to leave the track Sunday hoisting the winner’s trophies for both events.”

While BlackJack Racing is still searching for additional sponsorship of Bean's No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the team is glad to have local longtime supporter Five Star Telecom on board as an associate sponsor.

Since their beginning in 1973, FST (Five Star Telecom), a long-time supporter of Bean's racing career has become one of the largest interconnect companies in the Upper Midwest , with multiple locations serving the tri-state area.

Rolling into Milwaukee , Dexter Bean has 44 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with five-top five finishes and 14 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 also has controlled the ARCA field for 138 laps in six races.

BlackJack Racing is still seeking additional primary and associate sponsors for the remainder of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact BlackJack Racing at david@mwt.net or 608.634.4242.

The Governor’s Cup 200 (200 laps/200 miles) is the 17th of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 10th ARCA race held at The Milwaukee Mile is a two day show. Practice begins Saturday August 25 with an hour and 15 minute session planned from 1:00pm-2:15pm. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:15pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag Sunday August 26 shortly after 12:00pm Local Time. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com.

For more on Dexter Bean and BlackJack Racing, please visit DexterBean.net

Dexter Bean, BlackJack Racing, The Milwaukee Mile Notes of Interest:

· Dexter Bean will make his second career start at The Milwaukee Mile this weekend. Last August, An engine failure relegated to a disappointing 35th place finish after starting sixth.

· Crew Chief Chris Bires is the brother of NASCAR Busch Series driver Kelly Bires and the brother in-law to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Johnny Sauter and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Tim Sauter.

· Dexter Bean continued to set a new personal record last weekend excelling past his 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series stats after posting his eighth top-10 finish of the 2007 season in only the 16th race of the year. Last year, Bean had recorded two top-fives and five top-10s. Thus far, Bean has notched three top-fives (second places finishes at Salem Speedway and Pocono Raceway and a fifth at Illinois State Fairgrounds) and eight top-10 efforts.

· Immediately following the Governor’s Cup 200, Bean will hop in his No. 25 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet to compete in the Wisconsin All-Star 50 late model event.

MEDIA CONTACT:
NAME: Chris Knight, BlackJack Racing
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: Knight849@aol.com

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