Andrew Gresel Optimistic Entering APC Series Event at FlamboroWednesday - June - 2019
HEMPWORTH ~ Although his 2019 debut was wrought with mechanical issues and frustration, former APC United Late Model Series champion Andrew Gresel is prepared for a fresh start in Round 2 of the tour at Flamboro Speedway on June 8th.
The soft-spoken veteran grappled with rear-end issues en route to a 21st-place finish at Sunset Speedway on May 18th but believes that Flamboro is the ideal backdrop for a second chance at a first impression.
“It’s always going to be a long ride home when you feel like you left something on the table,” offers Gresel. “That’s exactly what Sunset was for us. We’re better than that. Our car is better than that. Our program and package is better than that. It just didn’t come together for us on that day.”
“We don’t live in the past though,” adds the multi-time winner. “Flamboro has been real good to us in the past and we’re gonna put in the work that’s necessary to make sure that it’s good to us (on June 8th).”
In four seasons of racing with the APC United Late Model Series, Gresel has indeed experience enviable success at the Hamilton-area bullring.
Eight starts at the facility have yielded two victories with Gresel finishing outside of the top-10 in just a single appearance.
“You just have to get up on the wheel and go (at Flamboro),” laughs Gresel when asked his thoughts on his previous success at the track. “There’s not really much of a science to it. The track is real tight and super narrow and you can’t really make a mistake. There’s no margin for error.”
“It’s easy to burn your stuff up if you aren’t careful but it’s just as easy to get caught up in someone else’s mistake if you hang back too far. You just gotta find the happy medium between the two. It’s not easy – but there’s not a whole lot about this sport that is.”
After experiencing the sting of a less-than-stellar finish at Sunset, it’s clear that Gresel is entering June 8th’s contest with all of the focus and motivation of a former champion.
“I want – more than anything – to get this car up front and win this deal for my team,” explains the Sauble Beach, ON racer. “They work themselves ragged on this car and it means a lot for me to be able to bring them back a night that they can be proud of.”
“We won’t be loading up at the shop on Saturday morning dreaming of a top-5 finish,” continues Gresel with a smirk. “The goal is to win. I don’t mind admitting that. When you see us hit the pits on Saturday, know that we’re there to win and we’re bringing a piece that can make that happen.”
Andrew Gresel’s 2019 APC United Late Model Series is made possible thanks to sponsorship from Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, CUSW: Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Gallinger Ford Lincoln, Calhoun Super Structure and Hy-Grade Roofing.
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