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Inside Gus Dean's career-altering win at Talladega

Bluffton's Gus Dean was already a rising star before taking the checkers at the General Tire 200 at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 29, 2016. But since that win – in just his second career start in the ARCA Racing Series – Dean, 21, is being talked about in NASCAR circles as a potential future Sprint Cup driver. Folks who missed the race might not realize Dean's victory wouldn't have have happened if not for his masterful recovery, at 200 miles per hour, from a “big 'ole bump” with 11 laps to go. We caught up with Gus on July 12 at Mitchell Motorsports' headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., where Dean, alongside his winning car, took us inside those final, career-altering laps in Alabama.
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