Gus Dean Honors Donnie Allison In Salem Throwback Race

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Gus Dean will honor Donnie Allison this weekend at Salem Speedway.

SALEM, Ind. – Gus Dean and his Win-Tron Racing team will participate in Saturday night’s ARCA throwback weekend at Salem (Ind.) Speedway by recognizing Dean’s hero and early career driver coach, Donnie Allison.

Dean’s No. 32 Baker Distributing Co./GREE Cooling Products Chevrolet will sport Allison’s iconic maroon-colored Hawaiian Tropic scheme and signage. It’s the same scheme Allison was using during the 1979 Daytona 500 when Allison and Cale Yarborough were involved in a last-lap accident, with a fight ensuing after both drivers realized they had lost the Daytona 500.

Allison, an original member of the Alabama Gang served as a driving coach to Dean through his earlier years of motorsports competition in South and North Carolina.

While Allison is not heavily involved today, the two maintain a great friendship and speak often.

“I’m so happy to carry Donnie’s colors this weekend at Salem,” said Dean. “Thank you to Baker Distributing, GREE and Tradewinds for allowing us to do this.

“We did a huge throwback scheme to my car owner Kevin Cywinski last year – but this year I wanted to do something for Donnie who has been instrumental in making my racing career successful.

“I hate that he can’t be at the track this week, but he saw the car first hand and is excited to watch the race on Saturday night.”