Second chances are a wonderful thing and, because he made the most of his during Saturday night’s Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park, 2008 track champion Andy Wroblewski is Gary Hunt’s selection as Racer of the Week.

Wroblewski, who with his brother George races in the Top ET class in a Beretta powered by a massive big block Chevrolet, had the misfortune of lining up in the very first round against back-to-back 2016-2017 track champion Scott Taylor of Portage.

Although he got the worst of it, the veteran from LaPorte, Ind., took advantage of the track’s buyback option and came back to win seven straight rounds, beating Chris Wells in the final and avenging his loss to Taylor in round six.

En route, Wroblewski had two perfect reaction times and a reaction time average of .010.  He returned Sunday afternoon for the second of the weekend’s Lane Automotive Bracket Series events and advanced to the round of five.

When the Wroblewskis aren’t racing, they operate GTW Enterprises, Inc., in LaPorte, an international company that sells and installs heavy machinery and provides patented eco-friendly honeycomb paper solutions for the shipping and packaging industry.

Congratulations, Andy, from Gary Hunt, Aeroquip and everyone at US 131 Motorsports Park.


Gary Hunt is in his eleventh season as the track announcer at US 131 Motorsports Park, a track on which he used to race in the brackets and Stock Eliminator.  His experience as a race car driver (he won seven points championships) has served him well behind the mike and while he often misses the thrill of competition, his “desk job” is not without its benefits.  “It’s given me the best seat in the house, which is always climate controlled,” he said.  “I never break any parts, don’t have to wait in line and I leave with a little bit of money every week.”