2011 was a coming out party for ‘The Magic Man’ Andrew Gresel (#81) of Hepworth, as he started rolling early in the season, and didn’t stop until mid-September when he had captured the track’s FT Garage Late Model championship.
The second generation driver started his career at Sauble Speedway in a Pure Stock at the age of 14 before moving up the ladder into a Pro Stock, followed by five years in a Late Model. After a track championship, he was looking for the next challenge, and that proved to be Delaware Speedway, as the team started racing at the London-area ½-mile towards the end of the 2009 season.
Gresel and his ‘Sauble Beach Road Warriors’ face an uphill task every Friday night as they make the longest commute of any team to the track, but Andrew wouldn’t have it any other way. He explained, “We won everything there was to win at Sauble, and we had to go where the competition is. I’m looking forward to 2012, because the competition should be even tougher, and the more cars the better.”
The Sauble Falls Racing Team’s program is backed by the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, McRoberts Fuels, and Overland Heating and Cooling, and they were able to get in some pre-season racing in during the winter in Florida. Gresel said, “Every time you go to the track you’re learning, and the seat time never hurts.”
As for the highlight to his career, the 28-year old had a tough time picking between a win in the 2011 Great Canadian 200, as well as the track championship, but is already pinned down a future highlight, saying, “We want to win our second championship in a row.”