Andy Santerre celebrates his 49th birthday this week. A standout of the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series (formerly the Busch Grand National North Series), Santerre was a hero of short tracks in his home state of Maine such as Unity Raceway, Wiscasset Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, and Speedway 95. He made a mark in the upper tiers of NASCAR when he notched a victory at Pikes Peak International Raceway (CO) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (Formerly the Busch Grand National Series) in 1999. Four consecutive championships in the K&N Pro East Series makes Santerre the all-time leader in championships and he currently sits third on the all-time win leader list with 21.

Santerre retired as a race car driver following his 2005 K&N Pro East championship and moved to North Carolina. He spent some years as a team manager for Grizco Racing owned by Steve and Peg Griswold. Grizco Racing eventually turned into Andy Santerre Motorsports where Santerre would become a driver developmental team owner and propel careers for racers including NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series star Austin Dillon. In recent years, Santerre has semi-retired from auto racing and moved back to his home state of Maine with his family. He works as a property maintenance manager for Steve and Peg Griswold while spending time at the Maine short tracks consulting for some of the local race teams.

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