GRAND: All-Star Showdown: Max Gresham preview


GRIFFIN, GA (January 24, 2011) -- After a 2010 season of 'firsts,' Max Gresham will continue the theme in 2011 making his first-ever California racing appearance in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway atIrwindale (CA) this weekend.

Gresham - a 17-year-old Griffin, GA driver -- has high hopes he can continue a hot streak that saw him win his first-ever pole positions and races in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) last season.

"I'm looking forward to Irwindale," Gresham stated. "I did some simulator racing of Irwindale over at Ricky Sanders' place and that helped me a whole lot. Thanks to that, I will already have a feel for the track when I get there. New tracks are fun for me. Most of where I raced last year was a new track for me. At some of them, we won poles and races. Right now, I'm concentrating on getting ready physically. I haven't raced in since last fall, so I've been working out a lot to be ready physically to race when we get to the track this weekend."

Gresham will also experience another first in wheeling the No. 03 Davis Motorsports Dodge Charger at Irwindale this weekend.

"This will be my first time racing with these guys," said Gresham. "I tested with them last week and we had a really solid day. The car was very fast, even on cold day with cold tires. They reminded me a lot of our Gresham Motorsports family team, our ARCA team from last season. We were a close knit group and we won. They are close knit and our goal is to win. We all want to run well -- and hopefully win -- at Irwindale this weekend. That's the real first I'm looking for."

Saturday's 225-lap Toyota All-Star Showdown is NASCAR's top short-track racing showcase. Therace will bring together champion and race winning drivers from across North America in a special event featuring two 100-lap segments and a 25-lap mad dash to the finish.

Gresham already has a guaranteed starting spot in the event by virtue of his two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories in 2010.

"I've raced with most of these guys before," said Gresham. "It's great when a lot of different people show up. It will be fun. I'm looking forward to good competition. It wouldn't be any fun if there wasn't good competition."


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Drivers Max Gresham , Ricky Sanders