Gresham Looking To Take Another Bite Out Of South Boston Speedway
GRIFFIN, GA (April 12, 2011) – Max Gresham is hoping it will be a two bologna burger day at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at South Boston (VA) Speedway Saturday.
“I celebrated with two of them last year, one after I won the pole and one after I won the race,” said Gresham, who wheeled his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to both honors in the 2010 South Boston 150. “They are quite good. Hopefully, I’ll get to have a couple again this year.”
Gresham was just 16 last year when he came to South Boston and turned the ‘SoBo’ pole and victory lane double. His Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was spot on throughout practice during the day and Gresham later captured the top spot in qualifying with a time of 16.089 seconds – a scant one-one thousandths of a second better than his then JGR teammate Brian Moffitt.
The pole position proved to be a huge part of Gresham’s 2010 winning effort and he knows it will again be important to start up front when the 2011 South Boston 150 takes the green flag Saturday evening.
“Qualifying is a big factor at South Boston,” said Gresham. “If you can get out front and control the pace like we did last year, you have a great shot at winning. South Boston eats tires, just like Greenville-Pickens did two weeks ago, so you are going to have to save your tires as best you can and being out front is the best place to do that.”
At the drop of the green flag last year, Gresham made sure he was out front bolting into the lead, a position he would surrender for just four of the 150 circuits. The win was anything but easy, however, as Gresham had to first hold off Moffitt and then a late-race charge by Cole Whitt to earn his first-ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory.
“The last 20 laps were really fun,” said Gresham after the race. “I had one double-file
restart at the end of the race that I was
a little worried about. I have to thank Cole for racing me clean.” Gresham will be looking to extend his streak of top-finishes at South Boston to three this Saturday. In addition to last year’s victory, Gresham had a fifth-place finish in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut at South Boston in 2009.
Obviously, there’s something about the venerable four-tenths mile oval that appeals to the young driver.
“South Boston reminds me a lot of the tracks I grew up on racing in Georgia,” said the 17-year-old Griffin resident. “You have a real fast entry into the corner and not much braking at South Boston. I’m used to that kind of track. There are so many similar tracks back home so South Boston feels like home turf to me. I loved it from the first time I went there.”
Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race At South Boston will roll off at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The event – a one-day show that will also feature practice, qualifying and an autograph session – will include a 150-lap NASCAR Whelan Southern Modified Tour event.