Gresham Arrives in GAS Victory Lane by Allison Fulson
New Senoia Victory is The First for 15-Year-Old Driver
Max Gresham's #7-11 ended up in victory lane. (Allison Fulson Photos)
It is no secret that 15-year-old Max Gresham has had some truly extraordinary shoes to fill since he stepped into the Late Model seat vacated by Joey Logano. He silenced all critics this weekend by conquering the Bear Country 100 at New Senoia Raceway in a dominating fashion.
By virtue of an inversion of three, Gresham was promoted to the pole position and from the drop of the green, never looked back. Meanwhile, Georgia Asphalt Series point leader and the night's top qualifier, Russell Fleeman, was never more than a few car lengths away.
“I knew he was quick and he was going to be a difficult one for us to stay in front of, but Gene [Roberts, crew chief] kept reminding me to keep my momentum and I kept my distance,” Gresham reflected after the victory.
Fleeman made several attempts on the inside to take the lead but the 7-11 slammed the door each time. In response to those failed attempts, he resorted to an assault on the outside. However, Gresham's 7-11 machine would have none of it and he defended the top spot successfully to the end.
“He got beside me a couple of times but we were so good on the top side and the bottom side that we were able to hold him off,” Gresham noted with a hint of pride.
“It was awesome to finally get my first win, we've been working so hard all season and now everyone's hard work has paid off. Gene and the crew put a great car underneath me, I can't thank them enough. I also have to thank my grandparents and my whole family for supporting me all the way through bandolero's and legend cars.”
Gresham and the GAS Series will return to the Peachstate Speedway for their final points race on October 4th.