Gresham Ready For Second Ride In Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Camping World East Series Entry GRIFFIN, GA (July 28, 2009) -- Max Gresham will ride the strength of a solid fifth-place finish in his first-ever NASCAR Camping World East Series event...
Gresham Ready For Second Ride In Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Camping World East Series Entry
GRIFFIN, GA (July 28, 2009) -- Max Gresham will ride the strength of a solid fifth-place finish in his first-ever NASCAR Camping World East Series event into this weekend's Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway.
"That was a good race for us," said Gresham of his NCWE debut in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry (right) at South Boston Speedway May 30. "My goal was to finish in the Top-10, maybe the Top-5 if I could. We were able to do that despite the fact that South Boston was a really tough place to pass. Honestly, all I really wanted to do was bring the car back intact. We accomplished all of that."
Gresham's second Camping World East test will be just as difficult as the 16-year-old JGR Driver Development Program participant will tackle the tough New Bremen, NY half-mile oval. According to Gresham, the track has its own set of unique characteristics.
"I've never raced there, but from what I have been told, you are turning pretty much all the time," said the 11th-grade student at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA. "Adirondack appears to be a big circle. About the only track I have raced on that I can compare it to is Lanier Speedway in Georgia. That's a pretty round track and you have to try to keep it on the bottom there too. It'll be tough, but I know I will have a great Toyota Camry thanks to the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing, so I'm sure we'll figure it out pretty quickly."
The JGR NASCAR Camping World East crew has been a quick study this season winning three of seven division events with Kyle Busch and Matt DiBenedetto handling the driving chores. While Gresham hopes to win at Adirondack this weekend, he's also looking at the big picture as he tries to drive his way up the racing ladder.
"I suppose there's a little pressure to win because Kyle and Matt have already won for JGR [Max%20Autograph%201300.jpg] this season," said Gresham. "I know the car is capable of winning and I think I am too. My situation is a little different because it's important for me to learn and run well. I need to get the laps completed and bring the car back with all the fenders on it. That's what the goal was at South Boston and that's what I will be looking to do again this weekend. It worked out good there and, hopefully, we'll have the same or better results this weekend at Adirondack."
The NASCAR Camping World East Series Edge Hotel 150 will roll off Saturday with practice at 12:15 p.m. Qualifying is set for 4:15 p.m. with the 100-lap NASCAR headline event at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The main event will be followed by ASA and Allison Legacy feature events.