Gus Dean Scores Emotional Sunday Win at New Smyrna World Series

Gus Dean picked up his first career World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing win on Sunday night in Super Late Model competition and dedicated the victory to his grandfather.

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Gus Dean added his name to the list of Super Late Model winners at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday night, scoring an emotional win to kick off the third night of racing in the event.

Dean started second in the field of more than 30 Super Late Models, and quickly moved ahead of Derek Griffith for the lead. The South Carolina driver led the rest of the way in the 35-lap feature, picking up his first win in the World Series.

The win also carries sentimental value for Dean, coming weeks after the passing of his grandfather.

"It's really special to me tonight. I lost my best friend, my granddad, about two weeks ago. It's been pretty hard. He's been to every single race. He would tell me before every race, even the ones he couldn't make it to at the end, 'Get what you can.' We got what we could tonight. I know he was riding with me.

"It feels really good. Big thanks to Mr. Nasse for providing the car for us. It's been a missile all week. I just need to get a little tuned back in. It's been three years since I've been in a Super. We got tuned in at the last race and made it happen tonight."

The win occurred in Gus Dean's 33rd Super Late Model start at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Dean has competed in Late Models routinely at the World Series since debuting in a Pro Late Model in 2011.

Wilson Motorsports teammates Brent Crews and Gio Ruggiero finished second and third, continuing their strong performances to start the World Series. In Friday's opening night competition, Ruggiero picked up the win while Crews finished second.

Austin Nason finished fourth, with Derek Griffith rounding out the top five in the final Super Late Model race before Tuesday's ASA STARS National Tour Clyde Hart Memorial 200 at New Smyrna. Super Late Model teams will be able to practice on Monday to further prepare for the Clyde Hart Memorial.

For the second night in a row, Dawson Sutton picked up the win in Pro Late Model competition. Sutton took the lead from Friday night winner Jimmy Renfrew with eight laps to go and finished ahead of Hunter Wright and Renfrew in an attrition-filled race.

"It was all about patience. That was a long race for 35 laps, a lot of wrecks and stuff. I'm just really excited. This team gave me a great car last night and tonight. Hopefully, we can pick up some more wins by the end of the week."

Isabella Robusto finished fourth after being sent to the rear of the field by race officials after contact with R.J. Braun on lap four during a battle for the lead. Ryan Luza finished fifth.

-Photo credit: Gus Dean Racing on Facebook

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS - NIGHT #3, WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING

SUPER LATE MODELS

FinishNoDriver
157Gus Dean
224Brent Crews
322Gio Ruggiero
414Austin Nason
512GDerek Griffith
650Jett Noland
744Conner Jones
89KDerek Kraus
962William Sawalich
109MBrad May
1120KKris Wright
1236Ty Fredrickson
132John Bolen
1426Dawson Sutton
1523Billy VanMeter
1608Nicholas Naugle
1733Albert Francis
187Mitch Haver
1928Cole Butcher
2054TTommy Catalano
2105Brandon Turbush
2217Danny Knoll, Jr.
2321KDerek Kelley
2454AAmy Catalano
2580SCody Stickler
2651FJake Finch
2726PBubba Pollard
2830Kyle Steckly
2915Gabe Sommers
3078Jo Lawrence
31112Steve Weaver
3276James Lynch
3329Hunter Wright
3411David Weaver
359TPatrick Thomas

PRO LATE MODELS

FinishNoDriver
126SDawson Sutton
229Hunter Wright
300Jimmy Renfrew
428Isabella Robusto
508LRyan Luza
671Katie Hettinger
715MBrody Monahan
831BBBilly Braun
925Anthony Bello
101Toni Breidinger
1194Cory Luciano
1254Diogo Moscato
130Glenn Styres
1415RChristian Rose
1517FKevin Folan
1693KThomas Krasonis
1729STommy Sorem
1822Ryan Phipps
1924Dalton Smith
2043Ray Minieri
216Brandon Lopez
2217TChuck Tuck
2345Mike Mayberry
2492R.J. Braun
2547Dustin Bryson

FLORIDA MODIFIEDS

FinishNoDriver
11WWayne Parker
224Bruce Bennett, Jr.
357Tim Moore
472L.J. Grimm
566Jerry Symons
615GMatthew Green
716Brian Gayton
818Jared Allison

602 MODIFIEDS

FinishNoDriver
117Lee Sharpsteen
233Carsten DiGiantomasso
37NYJack Baldwin
424Eric Lane
549Max Handley
648Tovia Grynewicz
718Eric Hersey
812JBobby Jones
912BNick Baer
1074Jonathan Laureigh
1138DJarret DiGiantomasso
1276BJames Blewett
1368Kenzie Adams
1412NCody Norman
157NCLuke Baldwin
1651Paul Hartwig, Jr.
1736Richie Cooper
1857JJustin Beecher
1969JJosh Carey
202Jerry Gradl, Jr.
2113Micah Adams
2215BMike Brennan
2366Mike Albasini
2409Christopher Hatton
2527Adam LaCicero
2638MRicky Moxley
2794Paul Flye

E-MODIFIEDS

FinishNoDriver
135Eugene Tuminello
232Dylan Williams
352Hank Baker
44Michael Mark
58Jay Wooldridge
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