Berlin: Max Gresham race report
Gresham Has Learning Experience In Berlin ARCA Clash MARNE, MI (August 7, 2010) -- This week, Max Gresham will head to Woodward Academy for his senior high yearbook photo. On Saturday, the 17-year-old stock car driver went to school at Berlin ...
Gresham Has Learning Experience In Berlin ARCA Clash
MARNE, MI (August 7, 2010) -- This week, Max Gresham will head to Woodward Academy for his senior high yearbook photo. On Saturday, the 17-year-old stock car driver went to school at Berlin Raceway.
[Car%20corner1300.jpg] "I probably learned more about car control in this race than in more than any other race in my career," said Gresham after finishing 13th in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Berlin 200. "We made a decision before the race to go one way with the chassis set-up and we probably should have gone the other direction. In the end, we didn't get as good of a finish that we had hoped for, but it was still a great learning experience for me and the team."
Gresham, who won the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 in just his third career ARCA start on July 17, appeared to be a contender for the win at Berlin when he qualified his eighth in the 33-car field with a lap of 17.365 seconds.
At the drop of the green flag, Gresham started a slow slide back in the field thanks to handling problems with his No. 71 Gresham Motorsports Toyota.
"The car just wouldn't turn in the middle of the corner," Gresham stated. "We were just way too tight through the center and on the exit of the corner. We were never able to get any front grip in the car so we were never able to turn the car through the center. It was a handful to drive."
Gresham was still running 10th when the first yellow flag of the race flew on Lap 54. Deciding to stay out and not pit for fresh tires and a chassis adjustments, Gresham saw his chance of staying in the Top-10 diminish when the race quickly rolled past without another caution for the next 90 laps. By that time, Gresham and his balky racer were two laps down to the leaders.
After a pit stop for service during the second caution of the event on Lap 146, Gresham's Toyota was solid for the rest of the race eventually coming home 13th at the checkered flag.
"That was the best we had today," said Gresham. "The team did the best they could and so did I. I think we all learned a lot."
Gresham will now return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ranks on Saturday, August 28 at Gresham Motorsports Park. The event will be the first NASCAR race at the Jefferson, GA raceway since 1987.
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