GREENVILLE, SC (March 17, 2011) – Max Gresham and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates turned in a overtime performance Wednesday in an effort to find the perfect chassis set-up for their upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season-opening event at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
The test at the venerable South Carolina half-mile oval was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but heavy rains washed out the session. Rescheduled for Wednesday, ‘weepers’ in the track surface delayed the start of testing until Noon and pushed back the end of the session to 8 p.m.
According to Gresham, the extra effort by his team over the two days all paid off in the end.
“We definitely saved the best for last,” said Gresham, who will pilot the No. 18 JGR Toyota in NASCAR K&N Pro Series action all season. “We worked all day to get the car handling good and while we gained on it, we never quite got it right. Then around 6:30, we went back to the original set up we started the day with and the car really came to life. We made a couple of changes after that and the car was almost perfect – very fast and fun to drive. We had some really great lap times and we were happy enough with the car to cover it up at 7:30, a full half hour before the test was over.”
Gresham wheeled an all-new, very sleek looking Toyota Camry Wednesday that was a part of the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Nationwide stable last year. The test also proved to be a learning experience for 17-year-old Griffin, GA high school senior who won two NASCAR K&N events last season with JGR as this year’s team is populated with a whole new roster including crew chief Bryant Frazier.
“Working with Bryant today was really interesting,” Gresham stated of Fraizer, a long-time NASCAR racer. “He really listened to me and always immediately understood what I was feeling in the car. Bryant was also great at explaining every change he was making and why. His notes – especially his computer notes – were really impressive. He’s worked with a lot of great people for a long time and it showed. I really learned a lot from him in only one day. I just hope he learned a little back from me.”
Gresham, Frazier and the rest of the Joe Gibbs Racing crew will return to Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 26 for the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series season opener. After Wednesday’s test session, Gresham thinks he definitely has a chance to score his third NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory in just his 15th division start.
“The goal for me and this Joe Gibbs Racing team is to win every race we go to,” Gresham stated. “Greenville will be no different. The test today was very good for us. By the end of these past two days, everybody was very comfortable with each other. It felt like we were all brothers. I’m confident we’ll have a great car and a solid chance to win when we come back here to Greenville in a little over a week.”
A full photo gallery of Wednesday’s test at Greenville has been posted in the Images section ofwww.MaxGresham.com.
Before Gresham hits the track at Greenville on March 26, he’ll head to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series Pre-Season Press Conference. The event will be held in the Infield Media Center at BMS just prior to the start of Sunday’s Jeff Byrd 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup event.
“It was an honor to be invited,” said Gresham. “I’m looking forward to doing a Cup-style media event plus I’ll get to hang out with some of the JGR guys in the garage area and see the Cup race at Bristol. That sounds pretty good to me.”
The Saturday, March 26 NASCAR K&N race at Greenville is a one-day show with practice, qualifying and the race all held that day.
NASCARHomeTracks.com will feature live Internet radio broadcast of the NASCAR K&N Race at Greenville while SPEED television will show the race on a tape-delayed basis on Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
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