SAUBLE BEACH, ON – Although 2016 APC United Late Model Series champion Andrew Gresel showed flashes of his old self throughout the 2018 season, it was far too little and rarely for a sustained period of time.
At end of season, Gresel had notched 5 top-10s in 9 starts, with his best finish of the year being a runner-up finish in Round 1 of the tour at Sunset Speedway in May.
“We had some good nights, sure, but not nearly enough of them,” admits Gresel. “Any time you can come out and put together one top-10 against this roster, it’s a good night for your team. So, doing it five times in a year definitely isn’t anything to be ashamed of.”
“But you need more than five top-10s to win a championship,” continues the Sauble Beach, ON driver. “That’s where our standard is. Any time we end up under that bar it’s going to be disappointing for us. That’s just the way it is.”
No stranger to hard times, Gresel has navigated his way through a myriad of ups and downs during his APC United Late Model Series tenure.
In 2015, Gresel battled through arguably the toughest year of his career, suffering mechanical woes or on-track damage in all but one of his starts. However, his McRobert Fuels-backed outfit rebounded with a five-win championship season in 2016 to claim their first career tour title.
“This team has dug our heels in before and shown that we’re willing to do whatever we need to do to bounce back,” says Gresel. “I don’t think we have to strip our whole program down and build it back up again – but I know that there are aspects that have to change.”
“We’re going to make good use of this Winter,” adds the second-generation star. “We’ll get back to the drawing board, sit down as a team and really figure out what worked and what didn’t this year. Next time you see us – we’re going to be better than we’ve ever been. We’re ready to come out swinging in 2019.”