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#2 - Dave Trute (Hometown: New Lisbon, WI | Division: Sportsman)
An original member of #TeamDeans,Dave Trute makes the cut once again in 2017. Last year proved to be another successful season for Dave as he picked up both the Great Northern Sportsman Series (second straight) and the newly formed TUNDRA Sportsman Series Championships. With plans on running full time at Dells Raceway Park and Great Northern Sportsman Series, Dave should be the favorite to win both championships in the upcoming year.
#5 - Casey Johnson (Hometown: Edgerton, WI | Division: Super Late Model)
Coming off a dream season in 2016 where Casey earned a Red/White and Blue Championship at Wisconsin International Raceway, a Madison Triple Crown Championship and the TUNDRA Super Late Model Championship Casey Johnson looks to back it up in 2017 returning to his own equipment full time. You will also see Casey on the box for another local racer as the crew chief. With around 35 races on Casey's schedule it will be another busy summer for CJ5.
#6 - Jason Thoma (Hometown: Jefferson, WI | Division: Sportsman)
Coming off a strong performance and title in the three track Badgerland State Championship series, Jason Thoma is looking for a memorable 2017 series. Currently not committed to any local track full time Jason is tossing his name into the title hunt for the Great Northern Sportsman Series.
#8 - Nick Clements (Hometown: West Salem, WI | Division: Late Model)
A two time reigning La Crosse Sporstman champion being forced to move up or sit out, Nick Clements joins the #TeamDeans roster in his return to the NASCAR Late Model at La Crosse Speedway. After a three year absence, Clements returns to the premiere division in a top notch ride. Clements will be a threat to each week and could easily end up on the podium in the championship running at seasons end.
#14 - Steve Bachman (Hometown: West Salem, WI | Division: Sportsman)
In his return to full time racing after sidelined in 2015 with a broken hand, Steve Bachman was in the thick of the title hunt once again. Coming up just short of a championship finishing second, 2017 could very well be a year the title goes home with the #14. The two time reigning Chase Champion has his eyes set on putting together a full season and proving that he belongs up with the top names in the Sportsman Division. Look for the #14 to park it in victory lane a few times in 2017.
#20 - Kody Hubred (Hometown: Cambridge, WI | Division: Late Model)
A successful 2016 Rookie Late Model Season saw Kody Hubred park his #20 in Victory Lane at Jefferson Speedway. Kody looks to be a contender in the tough Jefferson Late Model Division that on average sees car counts in the mid 20s each and every week. A Big 8 race or two could also be on the schedule for the #20.
#31 - Kelsey Schultz (Hometown: Tomah, WI | Division: Late Model)
The Hard Luck award went to Kelsey Schultz in 2016 as a couple of nasty wrecks early in the season changed the plans. Looking to bounce back as a contender in the 2017 Dells Raceway Park Late Model Division, Kelsey has plans on potentially hitting up Wausau and La Crosse once or twice during the summer.
#44 - Mike Lichtfeld (Hometown: Portage, WI | Division: Super Late Model)
The Cuatro Cautro found his groove toward the end of the 2016 season and looks to continue the momentum in 2017 with a career best second place finish at the TUNDRA finale at Jefferson Speedway. At season end Lichtfeld finished 4th in TUNDRA points and 3rd at Dells Raceway Park. With plans on running the full TUNDRA Super Late Model season, the newly formed Wisconsin Challenge Series 4 race schedule, select Midwest Tour races and potentially Golden Sands or Wausau, you know the 44 will be running up front.
50 - Mike Carlson (Hometown: West Salem, WI | Division: Late Model)
After a second place in points at La Crosse in the late model division, Mike looks to better increase his position by just one spot in 2017. With plans of a full season at La Crosse Speedway, a road trip down to Madison is not out of the question. Will Mike be able to make 2017 the year of his first championship or will another top contender at La Crosse be able to stop his dad from earning a 5th straight Late Model Championship?
#92 - Karter Stark (Hometown: Waterloo, WI | Division: Bandolero)
The youngest member of the team is the son of 2015/2016 TeamDeans member Kyle Stark. 2017 will be the 8 year old’s second full time season in a Bandoleros which are becoming more of a main stay in southern Wisconsin. Karter plans on competing full time at Jefferson as well as hitting up other tracks like Wausau and Tomah. Look for this young gun to make a name for himself and follow the path of many of the super late drivers you hear about today.
2017 Team Dean's Roster