MID-RACE INCIDENT LEADS TO A LONG DAY FOR MAX GRESHAM AT KANSAS

[media-credit name=”kansasspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”199″][/media-credit]Race: SFP 250

Location: Kansas Speedway

Starting Position:22nd


American Muscle

Finishing Position:23rd

Owner Points Position: 21st

Race Recap:

Max Gresham, who made his debut at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), was off to a solid start in Saturday’s SFP 250, until contact with another competitor on lap 57 handicapped the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to a 22nd-place finish in the fourth event on the 2012 schedule.

Starting 23rd, Gresham fought a free on entry Chevrolet Silverado in the opening laps of the 167-lap event. However, the 18-year-old rookie would slowly make his way up the leader board.

When the second caution flag was displayed for debris in turn-four, the No. 24 team would bring Gresham down pit road for four tires, including an air pressure adjustment and fuel. When racing resumed on lap 40, Gresham was scored 19th.

Just 17 laps later, running 17th, Gresham made contact with the No. 33 of Cale Gale resulting in heavy damage on the right rear quarter panel and spoiler of the No. 24 Made In USA Brand machine.

Limping around the track, complaining of being wicked loose, Gresham took every opportunity to come down pit road to repair the damage to his aerodynamically-challenged Chevrolet. Despite his best efforts, Gresham would hold on to finish 22nd, two laps down to race winner James Buescher.

Max Gresham Quotes:

“It was another tough day for everyone on this No. 24 Made In USA Brand team. I was really pumped about this weekend; we had a solid truck in practice and just missed it in qualifying. We started out a little free at the beginning of the race but we were making ground. I had a run going on the 33 and he kept pinching me down, not giving me any room. When my left side tires hit the apron, I just lost it. We had a lot of damage on the right rear causing us to be extremely loose the rest of the day. I really hate it for my guys. Everyone works so hard and we just can’t catch a break.”

Notes:

·         Max Gresham is currently 18th in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings

·         Gresham was the seventh highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender at Kansas Speedway

·         After four NCWTS races in 2012, Gresham has an average start of 23.25 and an average finish of 21.25

Up Next:

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take three weeks off before heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the N.C. Education Lottery 200 on Friday night, May 18. Gresham will make his debut at the 1.5-mile quad-oval behind the wheel of the No. 24 Made In USA Brand Chevrolet. All the action from Charlotte will air live on SPEED at 7:30 p.m. ET.

About Made In USA Brand:

The Made In USA Brand Certification Mark is the only certification mark for identifying goods either made or grown in the United States that are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The number of Made In USA Brand accredited companies has grown to more than 700 in just over a year.

Companies interested in securing the Made In USA Brand Certification Mark for their products are encouraged to log on to www.MadeInUSABrand.com.

Race fans interested in pledging along with Max Gresham to purchase made in USA manufactured goods can take the pledge for FREE at www.PledgeForUSA.com

Stay Connected With Max:

You can keep up with Max 24/7 by following him on Twitter @MaxGresham and on Facebook at Max Gresham Fan Page. Max also has a new website – www.MaxGresham.com – so you can stay up to speed on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate.

For more information on Joe Denette Motorsports please visit: www.JoeDenetteMotorsports.com

For more information on Max Gresham please visit: www.MaxGresham.com

For more information on the Made In USA Brand please visit: www.MadeInUSABrand.com


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