It was a total team effort for Denny Hamlin and No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota crew today at Michigan International Speedway en route to their first win of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Meanwhile, teammate Kyle Busch finished just off the pace in third place and Joey Logano finished 18th.
Gresham Wins Thrilling NASCAR K&N Classic At GMP
Max Gresham had the fastest car all day, but it took a three-wide, mad dash green-white-checkered flag finish to give the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota a victory in the Slack Auto Parts 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Gresham Motorsports Park Saturday evening.
“The late-race green-white-checkered flag finish and Darrell Wallace, Jr. definitely put some pressure on us, but we prevailed off of Turn 2,” said Gresham. “To win here at my home track – the track owned by my grandfather – is a surreal moment for me.”
If anyone ‘owned’ the high-speed GMP half-mile oval on Saturday, it was the 18-year-old Huntersville, NC driver. Gresham served notice early that he and his Live Oak Plantation sponsored racer would be the team to beat blasting their way to the pole position with a lap of 17.269 seconds (104.233 miles per hour average) in qualifying.
The forecasted rains never arrived at Pocono Raceway and when all 200 laps were complete it was Kyle Busch leading Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place effort in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 500, while teammates Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin finished 11th and 19th respectively.
At a track where starting up front is a must, Max Gresham proved you could rally for a good finish from the back coming home fourth in Saturday’s Army Strong 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Gresham – who also had the luxury of starting up front – recovered from an accident that put him 21st in the running order with just 70 laps to go. The solid finish left an impression on the 18-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing team driver.
Denny Hamlin led Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place finish today in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Meanwhile teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano would finish 12th and 23rd respectively on a hot day in Kansas.