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WNY Driver of the Week: Dan Dressel

Driver: Dan Dressel

Age: 51.

Hometown: Clarence.

Division: 4-Cylinders/Lancaster.

Lowdown: Despite being a front-runner in the full-fendered, 4-Cylinder division at Lancaster Speedway the last three seasons, Dressel began his driving career in 1997 in the open-wheel, open-cockpit TQ Midget class, running the Burst Machine entry for the late owner Ralph Wissing. Dressel drove for Wissing until the winter of 2005, when Wissing died and the team disbanded. During his last two years with Wissing, in addition to his TQ driving, Dressel also campaigned occasionally for Wissing during the team's final two years on the ISMA Supermodified trail.

In 2006, Dressel ran just once, the Ralph Wissing TQ Midget Memorial at Holland Speedway, before hanging up his helmet for the next several years. In 2016, Dressel was approached by owners Paul and Kathy Thompson about driving their 4-Cylinder entry at Lancaster and Dressel agreed. He has spent the last three seasons behind the wheel of the Thompson machine.

Dressel is grateful to Paul, Kathy and Paula Thompson, along with Andy Danielewicz and Vanessa Lockhart. Sponsors: King Oil, BTS Truck Service, Emily's Family Diner, Dadswell Service, 3G's Grafix, TDH Motorsports, Stadium Collision, Airport Collision, Dan D's Landscaping.

Accomplishments: Dressel parlayed a four win season into the 2018 Lancaster 4-Cylinder season championship, besting Dave Brunka by 58 markers. Dressel finished second in Lancaster 4-Cylinder points in 2016 posting a single victory and third in this same class a year ago claiming one win. During his years in TQ racing Dressel won twice. While winless in ISMA racing, Dressel finished top-10 in ISMA points.

Favorite Food: Steak.

Favorite Music: Country.

Hobbies: "Anything that uses an engine" including snowmobiles, Harley motorcycles, boats and ATVs.

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