NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL- Eager to follow up on an impressive 6th place finish on Night 1 of New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Andrew Gresel and his Sauble Falls Racing team entered Night 2 intent on further cementing themselves as contenders for the overall Pro Late Model mini-series championship.
Unfortunately, the 2013 OSCAAR Rookie of the Year found his evening over in an instant, collected in a lap-1 incident that left several top-flight contenders scrambling to make repairs.
“Tonight was a tough pill to swallow”, admitted Gresel as his team worked feverishly to put their lone chassis back in race-ready condition. “The car was faster in practice than it was on Night 1, we time trialed better than we did on Night 1. We were hoping for a great run”.
Gresel’s chassis sustained heavy damage after making contact with the backstretch retaining wall, briefly becoming airborne, damaging a multitude of the car’s suspension components.
“There’s a laundry list of repairs that we need to make in order to get back on track”, said Gresel. “We’re hoping to get in contact with our supplier in Ontario in order to have the parts shipped overnight. The plan is to be back on track on Monday [February 17th], but it might take a little bit of luck”.
The Pro Late Model division will enjoy a night off on February 16th, allowing the Sauble Falls Racing team a window of time to make repairs and prepare a game plan for their next night of competition.
“I have one of the best crews in our industry”, assured the Hepworth, ON star. “There’s no quit in this group. They want to get back on track every bit as much as I do”
Gresel’s 2014 World Series trip has been made possible thanks to support from Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, HY-Grade Roofing, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Have1.com Printing Services, London Recreational and Sauble Speedway.
By Spencer Lewis