Gresham 'Storms' Way Into ARCA Ranks GRIFFIN, GA (August 3, 2010) -- Over the long history of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), few drivers have taken the series by storm like Max Gresham. The Griffin, GA driver has posted a pole,...
Gresham 'Storms' Way Into ARCA Ranks
GRIFFIN, GA (August 3, 2010) -- Over the long history of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), few drivers have taken the series by storm like Max Gresham.
The Griffin, GA driver has posted a pole, a win and three Top-10 finishes in just his first three career starts this season -- impressive statistics for any driver -- but even more impressive considering Gresham is just 17 years old.
"We've definitely had a good start," said Gresham, who will return to the ARCA ranks this weekend in the Berlin 200 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI. "We've had three really strong outings and, honestly, we all think we can do better. My Gresham Motorsports team has always been known to take good cars to the racetrack, but the ARCA Series is a completely new thing to us. When we went to our first race, I was a little hesitant, but now I'm totally confident in anything we do."
Gresham burst on to the ARCA scene in April winning the pole position for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 250 at Salem (IN) Speedway. The Woodward Academy senior year student followed up the strong qualifying run with a workmanlike effort wheeling his No. 71 Gresham Motorsports Toyota Camry to a sixth-place finish in the event.
In his second ARCA outing, Gresham qualified fifth and led a good portion of the race at Iowa Speedway only to finish 10th when tire woes slowed him late in the race.
"That was a missed opportunity for us," said Gresham. "We had a good car the whole time we were there -- except for the end of the race. It just got away from us a little at the end and we wound up getting what we could."
Gresham made up for the missed opportunity at Iowa at Mansfield Speedway winning the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 in just his third career ARCA start on July 17. His composite stats for the three events -- a 3.66 qualifying average and a 5.66 finishing average.
"I won't say I was surprised, I was sure as happy as I could be," said Gresham of the Mansfield win. "When I took the lead the first time, I knew we were capable of winning the race. When it was over, I was a little overwhelmed. It was so great to get an ARCA win for the team and everyone that has supported us for so long. That's all anyone has wanted to talk to me about for the past couple of weeks."
Gresham, who also has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series victories this season, now has his sights set on Sunday's ARCA clash at Berlin Raceway. Like the previous events at Salem and Mansfield, the Berlin race will be the first time Gresham has competed at that track.
Despite his lack of experience on the 7/16-mile paved oval, Gresham is confident that he and his Gresham Motorsports Team will again be among the contenders for victory on the 200-lap event.
"I'm definitely confident going into the race at Berlin this weekend," said Gresham. "I know Gene (crew chief Gene Roberts) and the guys will put a great car under me. They wouldn't let any of the Gresham Motorsports drivers go out on the track in a car that wasn't up to their high standards. Hopefully, we'll have chance to win another race. That would be awesome for us."
Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200 will take the green flag at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
-source: max gresham PR