Next Race: Caraway Speedway (SMART) - July 3rd, 2021
After a successful run with Shady Grady Motorsports for two championships, we started fresh with GMR Motorsports after some unsucessful attempts to secure a ride with another teams. We build from the ground up and short on crew due to COVID, but rallied to show we were competitive just didn’t have much luck for great finishes in 2020.
Jeremy and Shady Grady Racing finished the 2019 Southern Modified Racing Series in Second with 3 - Wins, 3-Pole - 5 - Top 3, 6 - Top 5, out of 9 races.
Jeremy and Shady Grady Racing won the Southern Modified Racing Series Championship with 2 - Wins, 1-Pole - 4 - Top 3, 4 - Top 5, out of 10 races.
In 2017 Jeremy and Shady Grady Racing won the Southern Modified Racing Series Championship with 1 - Win, 10 - Top 3, 1 - Top 5, 2 - Top 10 out of 14 races. We had some good Nascar runs going during the year but luck was never on our side to seal the deal.
The 2016 season was slightly better in the Nascar Whelen Southern Modified Tour once again driving for Shady Grady Motorsports. Jeremy finished 8th overall in points even after missing a race after mechanical problems that forced us not to start a race.
Jeremy Gerstner, is hardly new to racing at all. Since 1978 Jeremy has been driving in different competitions and with a successful track record. He began his racing career with quarter midgets at age 6 in Breese, Illinois. The first year he won 13 of 18 races. After seeing the results, his father John Gerstner decided it was time for Jeremy to move up to the 10 horsepower division.
The following year he finished with top rookie honors and realized that racing was his talent. When Jeremy was 15 his father took him to the local quarter-mile asphalt track, where the mini-stock division became his next level of racing. At the end of the season, he wanted to move up to something with more power. The answer was 450 horsepower open-wheel modified. His first year was in 1992 where he was rookie runner-up, with 3 feature wins, and 7 top ten finishes. Overall, he finished 5th in points.
The modified division at local tracks were fast and competitive, until he heard about the Hooters Pro Cup Series. At that time he began to really become attached to professional teams and the cars which were retired NASCAR and Busch Grand National 3,400 pound cars. So to further his racing career, he competed in the 1997 Hooters Cup (USAR) Racing Series, which gave him firsthand knowledge of pit stops, setups and television interviews. Now with the experience of the Winston Cup type full-bodied cars and the knowledge of setups and race procedures, he set his goals to run very competitive in future racing series. In 1999 the series began to be more costly to stay competitive, he then decided to sell the Hooters Pro Cup car. Directly thereafter he purchased a very competitive 1998 Super Late Model, with a Bobby Ray Jones chassis and 1999 Fivestar Monte Carlo body.
After running the late model at local tracks he then decided to run the Sunbelt traveling series in 2001 to compete with some of the top drivers in the U.S., such as Mike Garvey, Billy Bigley, Dick Anderson and Wayne Anderson. Jeremy ran 6 races and finished with 3 top ten finishes and 2 top five finishes. Although successful in this series he learned that traveling and competing against these top teams was very ineffective without the proper equipment. So again he decided to race where it could be afforded, therefore purchasing an open wheel modified to race. Jeremy joined a series in Florida for Open Wheel Modifies called the Southern Automobile Racing Association (S.A.R.A.) in 2002. Throughout the 2002 S.A.R.A. season Jeremy competed against a lot of top Florida guys in that division, but managed to finish 5th overall in the points season that year and also earning the title of most popular driver or the year.
In 2003 Jeremy won the Ocala Speedway Point Championship and finished 3rd in the United Promoters Modified (UPM) series touring the southeast. In 2004 he finished 2nd at Ocala Speedway because he missed the first night due to a schedule change. Jeremy also finished 7th in the UPM tour running only a portion on the races for that season.
In 2006 Jeremy competed in several Open Wheel Modified events around Florida. He was second in overall Ocala Speedway Points for the Open Wheel Modifieds. Jeremy also races his Super Late Model in two large races and finished in the top 10 in both. The Open Wheel Modified started 30 races in 2006 and recorded the record as follows: (4)-Wins, (8)-Seconds, (10)-Thirds, (6)-Top 5's & (2)-DNF's.
Jeremy completed the 2007 ASALMS South Series in 10th overall in points, 7th in Rookie points and 2nd in GMPP Shootout points. He also competed at Ocala Speedway and managed to pull off a 10th place in points in the Late Models and a 8th place in points for the Open Wheel Modified.
In 2008 Jeremy finished 7th in overall points. The number 78 GMR Motorsports car finished 9th overall in points with several different drivers piloting the backup car during the season.
In 2009 Jeremy raced part of the races in the ASALMS South series and finished 8th in points. We also finished 7th in the Open Wheel Modified points at Citrus County Speedway.
In 2010 we raced the FAST (Florida All Stars Tour) series with the late model and finished 4th in the series. Jeremy also raced the Open Wheel Modified at Citrus County Speedway and won the 2010 Open Wheel Modified Championship.
In 2011 Jeremy raced at Citrus County Speedway with the Open Wheel Modified and Super Late Model, finishing in the top ten in both in points. He also had fun with the Frank Kimmel Street Stock at Bristol and Rockingham.
In 2013 Jeremy completed the full Nascar Whelen Southern Modified Tour and finished 13th overall in points and second in rookie points for the season.
In 2015 Jeremy completed the full Nascar Whelen Southern Modified Tour driving for Shady Grady Motorsports. He finished 9th in the season points.