GRESHAM EAGER TO MAKE ARCA DEBUT THIS WEEKEND AT SALEM SPEEDWAY GRIFFIN, GA (April 7, 2010) -- Tackling a new series, new car and new race track would make most drivers a bit less than confident, but if you are Max Gresham and you're coming off...
GRESHAM EAGER TO MAKE ARCA DEBUT THIS WEEKEND AT SALEM SPEEDWAY
GRIFFIN, GA (April 7, 2010) -- Tackling a new series, new car and new race track would make most drivers a bit less than confident, but if you are Max Gresham and you're coming off your first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory, you have nothing but self assurance heading into your next race.
"I am full ofconfidence right now and looking forward to racing at Salem," said Gresham, who wheeled his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to a win in the South Boston 150 NASCAR K&N event at South Boston (VA) Speedway last Saturday. "I hope to be just as strong in my ARCA debut at Salem Speedway this coming weekend as I was at South Boston last Saturday."
Gresham has been 'strong' ever since first taking the wheel of a Bandolero race car at age 8. The now 16-year-old Woodward Academy junior student has won at every level he's raced at to date including Bandoleros, Legends, Late Models and the NASCAR K&N cars. This weekend, he'll strap on a Gresham Motorsports Toyota ARCA car in hopes of winning the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 250. It will be a tall order considering it will be Gresham's first-ever ARCA race and will come at Salem (IN) Speedway, a track that has been known to devour drivers of all ages.
"Salem is going to be tough and I don't expect it to give me anything back," Gresham stated. "From what I understand, not too many drivers like it. I think it will be fun because I like old, worn race tracks. We're going to try our best and we'll wind up where we wind up."
The Salem event will also mark the ARCA debut for Gresham Motorsports. The family-owned, Griffin, GA based team has previously competed in the Late Model and US Legends International ranks helping boost the careers of several top drivers including Joey Logano, David Ragan, Beau Slocum and now Gresham.
According to Gresham, the jump to the ARCA ranks at Salem will be a big -- but not insurmountable leap.
"Our Gresham Motorsports ARCA car is pretty different than anything else I've driven," said Gresham. "It has 200 more horsepower, that's the biggest difference. The good thing for me is that I have a great crew led by Gene Roberts. Gene has a lot of experience with these cars from his days in the Cup Series and I think that will be a big advantage for us.
"Honestly, I just look at it as another race car and four new turns," Gresham concluded. "We'll approach this race the same way as every other one we go to. We expect to run will and hopefully contend for the win."