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Gresham Ready For High Speed New Hampshire Camping World East EventJ GRIFFIN, GA (September 15, 2009) -- A strong third-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Series West Central Iowa Building And Construction Trades 125 at Iowa Speedway two...

Gresham Ready For High Speed New Hampshire Camping World East EventJ GRIFFIN, GA (September 15, 2009) -- A strong third-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Series West Central Iowa Building And Construction Trades 125 at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago has Max Gresham looking forward to his next ride in the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry - the Heluva Good Fall 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Friday, September 18.

"I can't wait to get to New Hampshire because it is so different than Iowa," said Gresham. "New Hampshire has long straights and flat turns. Like Iowa, it's the biggest track I will have race on to date in my career. I'm sure it will be super fast. I am really looking forward to hooking up with the guys from Joe Gibbs Racing again and turning in another strong run with them. I can't wait to get on the plane and get up there."

Gresham, an 11th-grade student at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA, will be making his fourth and final start this season as part of the JGR Driver Development Program. A fifth at South Boston (VA) in his Camping World Series debut in May and a 14th at Adirondack (New Bremen, NY) in July prepped the young driver for the recent Iowa test. Now, those results and the prospect of competing on the one-mile, high-speed New Hampshire oval have him amped for Friday's Heluva Good 125. J"If you don't like speed, then you shouldn't be a race car driver," said Gresham. "Speed is what drives you to excel in this sport. I've been fortunate to do well the last couple of times I've gone to a bigger track where the speeds have been faster and faster for me each [Max%20Cockpit%201300.jpg] time. New Hampshire is going to be my biggest test yet.

"I wasn't real sure how I might do on a one-mile track, but after racing at Iowa (7/8-mile), I feel like I can handle it," Gresham continued. "I'm ready to take on New Hampshire and do well there. I believe we can go to New Hampshire, run as well as we have everywhere else, and maybe even contend for the win. I'm hoping it's going to be a big weekend for me and my Gresham Motorsports Park/World Crown 300 Toyota."

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Max Gresham
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing