With tight racing conditions creating some hard racing and fuel strategies often mixing up the field, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA becomes one of the season’s most intense battles.
Another Top Five Boosts Gresham Into NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Points Lead
A stirring drive to the front and a solid third-place finish in the VisitHamptonVA 175 Saturday at Langley Speedway has boosted Max Gresham to the top of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings.
The steady finish – a sixth-straight top-five series effort for the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Toyota – vaulted Gresham to the lead in the division championship chase by a 17-point margin (1125-1,108) over his nearest challenger, Matt DiBenedetto.
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.