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Gresham Retains Points Lead

Max Gresham rolled to a seventh-place finish as rain and wrecking cut short the New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday.

The event, which was started under threatening skies, came to a sudden conclusion when Scott Bouley pounded the Turn 2 inside retaining wall on Lap 70. Persistent rain during the ensuing caution flag curtailed the race on Lap 78, well short of its scheduled 125-lap distance.

“I was joking with my guys that I could run the car just as hard in the rain as we could when it was dry – we had an awesome rain set-up,” said Gresham. “It was raining pretty hard. There was a point out there were you could see the streaks on your windshield from all the raindrops. It was hard to tell if the racetrack was wet, but you could just tell it was based on how little grip you had.”

Gresham qualified fourth for the event on the NHMS ‘Magic Mile’ on Thursday and settled in for the long haul at the drop of the green flag Friday. A loose handling condition on his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota dropped Gresham to eighth in the running order at Lap 50 before a spirited charge apparently boosted him to the sixth spot on Lap 70.

Bouley’s crash, however, had NASCAR officials reverting to the running order on the previously completed lap placing Gresham back in seventh as the cars idled around to a rain shortened, checkered flag finish.

“Everyone has to pass the start-finish line to complete a lap, so if you pass someone on that lap and the yellow comes out, it doesn’t count,” said Gresham. “That’s twice now that rule has bit us. The first time, I didn’t care that much, but that’s five points we lost in the championship battle today and that hurts us. There’s nothing we can do about it. We had a better car than we finished. I’m happy to be in the position we’re in right now, but I wish had a little bit better run today.”

Gresham still maintained the NKNPSE point’s lead by 21 markers over race winner Brett Moffitt. The 18-year-old Belmont Abbey College freshman will now try to win the 2011 K&N East title this Friday, September 30, when he and his JGR mates head to Dover International Speedway and the Dover 150.

“Our lead isn’t as big as we might have wanted it to be, but we’ll go to Dover and race to win,” said Gresham. “We know that Brett is going to be good there. We’ll take our big guns and try to win the race at Dover. I know this JoeGibbs Racing team is going to give me a fast car. Hopefully, we’ll seal the deal this time.”

The New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be telecast on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Meanwhile, the Dover 150 will feature a full day of practice and qualifying that same day before taking the green flag next Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Dover event can be heard live on Internet radio at www.NASCARHomeTracks.com.

Fans can also follow Gresham throughout Thursday’s practice/qualifying sessions and Friday’s Dover event on Twitter@MaxGresham and on Facebook at Max Gresham Fan Page.

Additional information about Max Gresham can be accessed at www.MaxGresham.com.

To discuss motorsports marketing opportunities with Max Gresham, please contact J.R. Longley at JRLongley@MaxGresham.com or call at 706-581-6970.

Unofficial Results
New Hampshire 125
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
September 23, 2011

1. Brett Moffitt
2. Sergio Pena
3. Darrell Wallace, Jr.
4. Matt DiBenedetto
5. Eddie MacDonald
6. Cory LaJoie
7. Max Gresham
8. Daniel Suarez
9. Brandon Gdovic
10. Brandon McReynolds
11. Chase Elliott
12. Alex Bowman
13. Corey Williams
14. Michael Cherry
15. Dylan Presnell
16. Ben Kennedy
17. Robert Johnson
18. Cody Hodgson
19. Ryan Gifford
20. Chad Boat
21. Dale Quarterley
22. Spencer Gallagher
23. Cale Conley
24. Clay Campbell
25. Andrew Smith
26. Tom Hessert III
27. Rick Gdovic
28. Jeff Anton
29. John Salemi
30. Julian Albarracin
31. Joe Masessa
32. Candace Muzny
33. Scott Bouley
34. C.J. Faison
35. Benny Gordon
36. Andrew Ranger

Race Statistics
Fastest Qualifier: Darrell Wallace, Jr., Time: 29.849 Seconds, Speed: 127.602 mph
Time of Race: 54 minutes, 12 seconds
Average Speed: 91.355 mph
Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Caution Flags: 2 for 13 laps
Lap Leaders: Darrell Wallace, Jr. 1-15, Brett Moffitt 16-78.
Total Laps Led: Brett Moffitt 63, Darrell Wallace, Jr. 15.

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