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Gresham Has 'Explosive' Day In NASCAR K&N Season Finale At Dover DOVER, DE (September 26, 2010) -- Max Gresham closed out his 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season with a bang in more ways than one at Dover International Speedway ...

Gresham Has 'Explosive' Day In NASCAR K&N Season Finale At Dover

DOVER, DE (September 26, 2010) -- Max Gresham closed out his 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season with a bang in more ways than one at Dover International Speedway Friday.

Gresham dominated the Sunoco 150 winning the pole position and leading a race-high 85 laps. The only thing more explosive than Gresham's performance proved to be the engine in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as it failed one lap short of victory.

"We bottomed out and cracked the oil pan about Lap 40," said Gresham, who coasted to an 18th-place finish in the event. "I was really having trouble keeping the oil pressure up during that final caution and when the green flag waived, I could feel the engine stumble. Them coming to the white flag, it just gave up."

The unfortunate result spoiled an all but perfect day for Gresham and his JGR mates. The 17-year-old Gresham -- making his first-ever appearance on Dover's famed 'Monster Mile' -- tamed the high-banked oval in qualifying winning the pole position for the Sunoco 150 with a lap of 23.523 seconds (153.024 mph).

Gresham set sail at the drop of the green flag leading most of the middle portion of the 150-lap race before apparently taking the top spot for good on the 108th circuit. Leading by five car lengths over his JGR teammate Brett Moffitt, Gresham could all but see the checkered flag when the caution came out with just four laps remaining. That set up the fateful green-white-checkered flag finish where Gresham's oil starved mount expired.

"The car was on a rail," said Gresham dejectedly. "Nobody had anything for us. If that last caution doesn't come out, the oil pressure stays up at high speed and we sail to the win. Instead, everything just went up in smoke."

The near win/disappointing finish at Dover wasn't anything new for Gresham. After winning the NKNPSE pole at South Boston and two of the first three division races this season, Gresham's been on the wrong side of Lady Luck losing four-straight top finishes to close the season. Friday's latest disappointment at Dover not only denied Gresham of leading the division this season with three wins, but also dropped him to eighth in the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final season standings.

"Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better season," Gresham stated. "I was by far my best to date. We had a championship team all season. Mike Sibley and the guys were awesome. We had a very competitive car every time we were at the track. I think we led every race but two or three of them and had a lot of great finishes despite all the bad luck at times. I'm just sorry the K&N season is over."

Gresham will close out his 2010 racing season on Saturday, October 9 when he takes the wheel of the No. 71 Gresham Motorsports Toyota Camry in the ARCA race at North Carolina Motor Speedway.

-source: max gresham PR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brett Moffitt , Max Gresham
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing