Andy Santerre To Get Back Behind The Wheel Track PR Report
Maine Racer Will Enter 660 Speedway's Peterbilt 250
The stage is starting to set for the 8th Annual Peterbilt 250. New England Legend and Four Time BUSCH East Champion Andy Santerre has announced his intentions on entering the Peterbilt 250.
Santerre last raced in 2005 where he wrapped up his 4th consecutive NASCAR BUSCH East Championship (now dubbed the NASCAR Camping World Series). Santerre holds the record for all time BUSCH East championships with four (4). He was also the NASCAR Nationwide series Rookie of the Year in 1998. In addition Andy won the NASCAR Nationwide event at Pikes Peak in 1999.
In recent years Santerre has operated successful racing programs under Andy Santerre Motorsports (ASM) out of Harrisburg, North Carolina. ASM Motorsports has become the most recognizable and successful name in the NASCAR Busch East Series. In 2006, under his leadership, ASM Motorsports guided sophomore driver Sean Caisse within striking distance of the championship. ASM Motorsports is regarded as the most esteemed team in the series.
Santerre is very excited about return to his roots in a Pro Stock car and competing against the best in the region which includes long time friend Kirk Thibeau. "For the past few years, my good friend Kirk Thibeau has been racing these Pro Stock cars up there in Fredericton and for the past few years he's been telling me I need to go up there and race with them," Andy said. "In the past it had never worked out that I could be there.
This year we happen to have that weekend off, and I needed a good excuse to get away, and there's no better place than my place up in Aroostook County, Maine, which is not too far from the track."
Another interesting first for Santerre will be racing north of the border. "I'm looking forward to racing in Canada, I've never raced there. There are a lot of great race fans there, and I have a lot of friends up in northern Maine and around the Canadian border, I'm excited to get up there."
This news has also got the management at Speedway 660 energized. “We are thrilled to have someone of Andy’s calibre compete in the Peterbilt 250” said Speedway 660 co-owner Chris Johnston, “Andy is a class act and nothing short of a genius when it comes to producing competitive race cars”.
Early predictions are that the 2008 event could break the record for entries (44 in 2006). Throw in a name like Andy Santerre and it’s not hard to realize why the event has become one of the Premier Pro Stock races in the Northeast.
Andy will drive a car prepared by the Graham Racing in Centreville in co-operation with Kirk Thibeau out of Fort Fairfield. ME. The Ben and Andy Graham are no strangers to Speedway 660 having logged thousands of laps over the years and Thibeau, a former Peterbilt 250 champion has been on a roll this summer winning both of the Best of the Best 100 lap pro stock events and the Best of the Best Mini Series Championship.