Put Max Gresham In The Spotlight GRIFFIN, GA (JULY 27, 2010) -- A strong early season that has featured a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series wins and a victory in the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 ARCA race at Mansfield (OH) Speedway have made Max ...
Put Max Gresham In The Spotlight
GRIFFIN, GA (JULY 27, 2010) -- A strong early season that has featured a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series wins and a victory in the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 ARCA race at Mansfield (OH) Speedway have made Max Gresham one of the breakout young driving stars of 2010.
According to the 17-year-old Griffin, GA stock car pilot, it's a compliment hearing that his racing exploits this season have made the 'radar' of several NASCAR teams.
"It's very flattering to hear that I've made an impression on some people," said Gresham, who will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series 125 this Friday at Lee (NH) USA Speedway. "I want to move up as fast as I can and be driving in a top division of NASCAR next year when I am 18. The sooner I can accomplish those goals, the better as far as I am concerned, That said, I'm not getting ahead of myself at all. I'm totally focused on winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship with my Joe Gibbs Racing teammates and getting more top runs with our Gresham Motorsports ARCA program this year. Those are the goals right now. It's nice to be in the conversation about next year, but that will take care of itself."
The July 17 Mansfield ARCA win was Gresham's first in just his third career division start. That victory in his most recent race has Gresham riding a tidal wave of momentum heading into Friday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series 125 at Lee.
"We definitely have momentum on our side," said Gresham, who will wheel the No. 18 Joe Gibbs racing Toyota at Lee. "We've had a lot of success so far this season and that's definitely something we want to continue the rest of the year. I'm very confident that I can take advantage of what the car will give me and both my Joe Gibbs Racing and Gresham Motorsports teams have been able to give me some great cars this season. That's been able to put us in Victory Lane quite a bit so far this year."
While Gresham has been solid on the oval tracks this summer, he also showed he can turn right driving his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to a third-place finish at Lime Rock (CT) Park in his most recent NKNPSE start. It was his first race ever in a full bodied stock car on a road course.
Meanwhile, Gresham's ARCA debut turned heads when he produced a pole and a sixth-place finish at Salem (IN) Speedway in May. After leading a good portion of the Iowa ARCA race, Gresham settled for a 10th place finish because of tire issues.
The Mansfield ARCA win came as little surprise to racing insiders who are seeing Gresham as one of the next crop of young to have their sights set on a career in the top divisions of NASCAR.
"I think everyone is a little surprised," said Gresham about the ARCA win. "Heck, I am, but we've also been running good in those races. It was the same thing when we won the NASCAR K&N at South Boston earlier this year. It was surprising at first, but when you are able to run consistently well and win again, it's not as surprising anymore."
To accomplish his goals this weekend, Gresham will have to tame the historic 375-mile Lee oval. The K&N Pro Series East was established in 1987 as the Busch North Series and Lee USA hosted the division 16 times from 1992-2004.
"I just try to make every lap my best lap," said Gresham when asked about his first visit to Lee USA Speedway this weekend. "I can't be concerned that someone else might have thousands of laps at a track. I can't change that. I just have to make every lap as good as I can. That's the way I will approach the race this weekend at Lee. Hopefully, we'll have another great outcome."
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