Mansfield: Max Gresham race report

GRESHAM EARNS FIRST CAREER ARCA VICTORY IN TIM RICHMOND 200 AT MANSFIELD MANSFIELD, OH (July 18, 2010) -- Max Gresham served notice on the racing community this weekend that he is one of the brightest young talents in the sport winning the Tim...

GRESHAM EARNS FIRST CAREER ARCA VICTORY IN TIM RICHMOND 200 AT MANSFIELD

MANSFIELD, OH (July 18, 2010) -- Max Gresham served notice on the racing community this weekend that he is one of the brightest young talents in the sport winning the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) event at Mansfield Speedway.

The victory was Gresham's first in ARCA competition in just his third career start. Combined with a rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series that has already produced two wins this season, the 17-year-old Griffin, GA driver suddenly the hottest 'Young Gun' on the stock car racing landscape.

"Initially, I never expected this kind of success this year," said Gresham. "Then I got in these cars that Gresham Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are giving me and I realized how good they are and what their capabilities are. At that point, it's up to me to perform. Yeah, I'm still am surprised when I get the lead or win a race. I'm still just me. Nothing is going to my head. This has been a long time coming."

Gresham -- the pole winner in his ARCA debut at Salem Speedway earlier this year, rolled off fifth at Mansfield Saturday. A high school senior student at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA this fall, Gresham saw the race take a different turn when a long green flag run changed his pre-race strategy.

"Our original plan was to stop around lap 100 and put right-side tires on and then come around lap 150 and get four tires," said Gresham. "The way the cautions fell, we didn't get to pit until Lap 145, so we had a new plan forced on us. As it turned out, that was the right caution when we needed it as we maintained our track position when we pitted and came out second. That was vital to our success."

Gresham led the event three times for a total of 110 laps. He slipped into the top spot for the final time on Lap 154 when leader Chris Buescher suffered a flat tire.

"Buescher and I definitely had the two best cars," Gresham stated. "We could run away from the whole field, put a lot of distance between us and them. I was hoping the race [Max%20Blue%20Shirt%201300.jpg] would come down to a late restart and we could settle it between us. It would have been a good race. It was a shame for him that he got a flat tire but, obviously, it was good for us."

Now at the front of the field, Gresham's Toyota performed flawlessly over the final laps to give him his first career ARCA victory. Suddenly, the Georgia teenager is having the kind of season he could only dream about with it began five months ago.

"Sure, I'm surprised a little," said Gresham. "I seem to adapt easily to everything I get into lately and be successful almost right away. When I was younger and I was running Legends races, we tried to get as many laps at as many tracks as we could. That's definitely paying off for me now because when I get to a track now, it doesn't take me long to adapt. I feel like I can make the next step when it comes and so for, that's been the case."

-source: maxgresham.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Max Gresham , Tim Richmond
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing