By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
After two full seasons in the ARCA Racing Series, Gus Dean will move up the racing ladder to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019 to run full-time for Young’s Motorsports.
The Bluffton, S.C. native will pilot the No. 12 LG Air Technologies Chevrolet Silverado, joining teammate Spencer Boyd at the three-truck organization. LG will be the primary sponsor of a minimum of eight races for Dean. The 24-year-old will also have long-time partner Baker Distributing joining him in the Truck Series.
Jeff Stankiewicz, the 2018 ARCA Championship winning crew chief for Sheldon Creed, will lead Dean’s Truck Series’ effort. Dean will be just the fifth driver in the organization’s seven-year history to compete full-time. He will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors for Young’s Motorsports.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity,” Dean said. “I’m psyched and very honored to represent LG Air Conditioning Technologies and Young’s Motorsports in my move to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Without them and the longtime support of Baker Distributing – my dream to be a full-time NASCAR driver would not be possible.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges this season will bring, but I feel confident that with my relationship with Jeff and the support of the entire Young’s Motorsports team, we will have a successful season.”
In 47 ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean has scored two victories, including his second career start at Talladega Superspeedway in 2016. He also has 13 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes. Dean, whose best championship points finish, fourth, came in 2017, earned two pole positions in ARCA competition.
Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young said Dean’s addition will strengthen the team’s program in 2019.
“I have known Gus Dean for a long time. We were fellow competitors in the CARS Pro Cup division, and I know his passion to succeed is something that fits well within our organization.”
Dean has also competed in the X-1R Pro Cup Series and the CARS Tour Super Late Model division. In 48 combined starts in the two series, he earned one victory, 23 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes. Dean also earned one pole position in the X-1R Pro Cup Series in 2014.