ES: South Boston: Max Gresham preview

Gresham To Make NASCAR Camping World East Series Debut Saturday Griffin, GA (May 27, 2009) -- After a red-hot start to the season winning two of four American Speed Association (ASA) Southeast Asphalt Tour stock car events, Max Gresham will...

Gresham To Make NASCAR Camping World East Series Debut Saturday

Griffin, GA (May 27, 2009) -- After a red-hot start to the season winning two of four American Speed Association (ASA) Southeast Asphalt Tour stock car events, Max Gresham will makes his NASCAR debut in the Camping World 150 at South Boston (VA) Motor Speedway this Saturday.

Gresham (right) will wheel the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry in the May 30 NASCAR Camping World East stock car event on the tight 4/10-mile South Boston paved oval. The 16-year-old Gresham knows he'll have a proven car and team behind him when he takes the green flag.

"I'm really thrilled to have an opportunity to be in a Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) NASCAR Camping World car," said Gresham. "They win in every NASCAR division they race in. Matt DiBenedetto earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East victory at Tri-County Speedway a couple of weeks ago with the same JGR car and guys I'm working with. You can't ask for a better opportunity than that."

Gresham has made the most of his opportunities so far this season capturing ASA Southeast Tour events at Dillon (SC) Motor Speedway and Mobile (AL) International Speedway. He is second in the division's championship chase, just eight markers out of the top spot.

This weekend, Gresham is focused on mastering the historic 'SoBo' track.

"I think you are going to have your car set up to be loose in and off the corners if you are going to be fast," said Gresham, who will be making his first-ever South Boston appearance as well. "We tested a late model there and it is not hard to find the line and the fastest way around. It's a fun little track, not my favorite yet, but it could be if we can have a good run with the JGR Toyota Camry Saturday night."

Gresham, who also tested the No. 18 Gresham & Associates JGR Toyota at Hickory Motor Speedway recently, has high hopes for a solid finish at South Boston Saturday.

"One of the things we really improved on at Hickory was our team communication skills," said Gresham. "I was able to give better information from the cockpit. I'm finding the Camping World car is pretty easy to drive once I got it figured out. They take more finesse than a late model. You have to do more than just run the car hard."

-credit: mgPR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Matt DiBenedetto , Max Gresham
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing