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Gus Dean

No. 12 OverkillRV.com Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s Young’s Motorsports’ Chevrolet Silverado at the Kentucky Speedway … Gus Dean will pilot Chassis No. 021 in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the Kentucky Speedway. The Jeff Stankiewicz-led team last unloaded this Young’s Motorsports-prepared chassis at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 17, where it finished in the 26th-place after starting in the 19th-place in the chassis’ first appearance of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season.

My Old Kentucky Home … This weekend marks Gus Dean’s first Kentucky Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The Bluffton, S.C., driver has two starts in the ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) Racing Series at the Kentucky Speedway. He made his track debut on September 23, 2016 in the ARCA Racing Series.

Speedway Stats: In nine combined NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts on speedways (tracks 1 to 2-miles in length), Gus Dean has an average finish of 20.7.

Atop the Pit Box: Jeff Stankiewicz … Jeff Stankiewicz, crew chief of the No. 12 OverkillRV.com Chevrolet Silverado, has seven starts at the Sparta, Ky.,-facility in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, including two top-five finishes and two top-10 finishes. In addition, Stankiewicz has one start at the Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). In his only start (2017) in the ARCA Racing Series as a crew chief at Kentucky, Stankiewicz collected the pole award.

In the Rearview Mirror: Chicagoland Speedway … Gus Dean, driver of the No. 12 OverkillRV.com Chevrolet Silverado for Young’s Motorsports, finished in the 15th-place in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, June 28. The 24-year old started in the 12th-place at the Joliet, Ill.,-facility. Dean finished Stage 1 in the 16th-place on Lap 35, and at the end of Stage 2 on Lap 70, advanced to the 10th-place. The Bluffton, S.C., native was scored as high as the eighth-place.

QUOTING GUS DEAN:

“The Kentucky Speedway has a lot of similarities to the Chicagoland Speedway and the Kansas Speedway. The track has some bumps, and the aging surface often produces good racing. Our No. 12 OverkillRV.com Chevrolet Silverado had a solid weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway, so we have some momentum on our side going to this weekend at the Kentucky Speedway.

“I’d like to build on our top-15 finish though and earn the No. 12 Young’s Motorsports team a top-10 finish on Thursday night.”

Season-to-date … Through the first 12 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races of the 2019 season, Gus Dean has completed 1450 of 1950 laps contested (74.4 percent), and is currently 16th in the driver point standings, and 20th in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series owner points. In addition, the Young’s Motorsports driver has spent 467 laps running in the top 15 and has made 394  green-flag passes thus far this season.

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