The former Delaware Speedway champion and Great Canadian Race winner is likely to be one of the early favourites to win the 100-lap contest, as Gresel continues to search for his first tour win of the 2018 season.
“Delaware was home for more than a little while – so we have a pretty good understanding of what works there,” explains Gresel with a smile. “We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing for these first three races. If we can make the most of every lap we turn and put ourselves in a good position for a late-race dash, then there’s a much better chance of things falling our way.”
A multiple time champion and owner of one of the most decorated resumes in modern Pro Late Model competition in Ontario, Gresel points to an unwillingness to settle for ‘good enough’ as one of the main difference-makers in his program.
“If there’s a secret to success in these cars – it probably has something to do with never getting overly comfortable with yourself or your setup,” shrugs the former tour champion. “No matter where you finish on race day – you can’t ever pay yourself on the back and start skipping shop nights. Because, every single car that finished behind you is going to be putting everything they have into figuring out how to beat you next week.”
“With a roster as deep as this one – everyone feels the pressure,” continues Gresel. “From the points leader all the way down the standings. Everyone knows how important it is to come out and set a new benchmark every week.”
And, while Gresel has yet to park his Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park No. 81 in victory lane yet this season, there’s no denying the air of confidence that he has ahead of Friday’s event.
“Let me put it this way – we aren’t going to Delaware just to check out the concession stands,” laughs the second-generation star. “We’re loading up and hauling out there because we know we have as strong of a chance as anyone of winning this race.”
“We’ve been fast at Delaware so many times before and I know that we can get there again and jump out front on Friday. If I can keep this thing straight and looking pretty for 100-laps, then I think they’ll be saving a spot for me in tech when it’s all said and done.”