After a stellar rookie year, Andrew Gresel was one of the pre-season championship favourites. He backed up that claim, scoring five victories en route to winning the 2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship.
He showed that last year’s rookie lessons were paying off in a big ways all year, as well. The 2013 season saw Sunset Speedway be the thorn in Gresel’s side, with his performance not matching that of his rivals. However, he put himself right near the front in the season opener, posting a track-high fourth place finish.
Though beyond putting those rookie lessons to use, it seemed no matter the track that he attended, he had the speed capable of taking home the victory. Kawartha Speedway is known as the fastest track on the circuit, and that speed combined with excellent handling delivered Gresel his first victory of the season at the beginning of June. However, the Sauble Beach native didn’t have it easy. Contact early in the event resulted in Gresel having to head to pit area under caution to get the fender pulled out, resulting in having to restart at the back of the field. Gresel would then carve his way through the field, carefully and in a fast matter, retaking the lead just past lap 18. From then on, it was pure domination en route to his third straight Kawartha win.
The driver of the No. 81 Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, London Recreational, HY-Grade Roofing, Haveone and RadenGivari of eHomes SLM almost made it two in a row, coming up short in a late race duel at Barrie Speedway to finish second to Kevin Cornelius. He would then complete the month of June with a pair of top-fives on his return to Sunset Speedway.
The month of July and beginning of August certainly stand out in the minds of many when reflecting back on Gresel’s season as it can be described in one word – domination. Gresel would pick up three straight wins on the tour, starting off with his second straight hometown win at Sauble Speedway, followed by the Chase for the Colors at Peterborough Speedway, and another win at Kawartha Speedway.
With momentum on his side, Gresel would return to Sunset Speedway to post his best Sunset finish to date, leading the first half of the feature before finishing second to Dwayne Baker. He would then finish off the month of August with a fifth place finish at Peterborough, after having to fight back following a mid-race incident.
Gresel would then finish off the year in style, finishing second at Sunset Speedway in the Velocity 250 before claiming his second straight Autumn Colors Classic feature victory in dominating style.
With a dominating year behind him, the banquet on Saturday night will mark the time for Andrew Gresel and his entire Sauble Falls Racing team to celebrate their accomplishments. However, with the new season just around the corner, you can expect to find him back in a victory lane near you this year.
By: Ashley McCubbin