Gehring, a native of Minnesota, was very well known in the racing world. He once escaped from a Chinese prisoner of war camp in North Korea. A owner of several businesses in Kitsap, he began making a name for himself at the Elma dirt track and used technology he learned at PSNS Shop 17 to enhance his success. In 1970, Gehring bought a race car frame classified as an Edmunds upright and began racing weekly at Elma. Next he bought a new sprint car frame from Grant King of Indianapolis and with new driver Aaron Capps of Bremerton, hit the Midwest USAC dirt and asphalt tracks. In 1977 he began running weekly at Skagit Speedway, where he continued until retirement. He raced on tracks in Arizona, California, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Canada. In 1978 with mechanic/driver Steve Royce they ran at Skagit (dirt) on Saturday night and Spanaway (asphalt) on Sunday. The premier asphalt events Dean’s team attended included the January Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway, Minnesota State Fair with the USAC, and the Northwest Sprint Cars, an organization Dean helped organize and run. He served as NSC president and with Royce at the wheel, he won a NSC title. Gehring retired from racing in 1987 and died of cancer in 2007 at 78 years old.