GRESHAM SETTLES FOR 10TH-PLACE FINISH IN ARCA RACE AT IOWA SPEEDWAY NEWTON, IA (July 10, 2010) -- Max Gresham led a good portion of the Prairie Meadows 200 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race at Iowa Speedway Saturday only ...
GRESHAM SETTLES FOR 10TH-PLACE FINISH IN ARCA RACE AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
NEWTON, IA (July 10, 2010) -- Max Gresham led a good portion of the Prairie Meadows 200 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race at Iowa Speedway Saturday only [Intro%201300.jpg] to have an ill-handling race car in the final stages of the event relegate him to a 10th-place finish.
The 17-year-old Griffin, GA driver proved that he would be a contender for the win wheeling his Gresham Motorsports Toyota to the fifth-fastest time out off 44 cars that took to the .875-mile Iowa oval in qualifying.
Gresham, who won the pole and finished sixth in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (IN) Speedway in his only other ARCA career start earlier this season, quickly jumped into the third position at the drop of the green flag.
Along with leaders Tom Hessert and Ty Dillon, Gresham set a blistering pace lapping half of the 40-car starting grid in the first 35 circuits. The first caution flew just three laps later bunching the field for a Lap 46 restart.
Gresham, a high school senior student at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA this fall, quickly drove by Dillon for second and set his sights on Hessert and the lead as the field got back up to speed.
Another caution, this one on Lap 53, gave Gresham the opportunity he needed as he powered past Hessert for the top spot on the restart. The lead pair quickly encountered lapped traffic as they waged a furious battle for the next 35 laps before the yellow flag waved again on Lap 88. That sent Gresham to pit road and to the attention to his Gresham Motorsports crew where he took fuel and four tires. Now fourth on the restart behind Tim George, Jr., Matt Crafton and Justin Marks, Gresham blasted his way up to third and ran there through Lap 125 before his Toyota started pushing off the corner.
Now battling the tight condition, Gresham slipped back to seventh in the running order before the fourth caution flag of the event waived with just over 50 laps remaining.
Gresham again headed to pit road for fresh tires and a chassis adjustment and lined up 12th on the restart. Unfortunately, he still had his hands full over the final 45 laps and could never catch the leaders finishing 10th.
It was Gresham's third Top-10 finish in as many events at Iowa including a win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Goodyear Dealers 200 earlier this year.