CHARLOTTE, NC - Max Gresham quickly got up to speed – and slowed just as rapidly – in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago.
This weekend, Gresham will take all he learned in that initial series run at Las Vegas as he and his Turn One Racing team compete in the Kroger 200 NCWTS event at Martinsville Speedway.
"I learned so much at Las Vegas, it was exponential," said Gresham, who finished 25th in his Truck Series debut after getting knocked out early in the Smith's 350.
"I know down the line in my driving career I'm going to encounter things that I'll look back at and think I learned that at Las Vegas. And those are just the things I remember learning at Vegas. There's probably a lot more hidden things that I learned there that won't come back to me until I experience them again on the track. Either way, it was an awesome learning experience."
Gresham, the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will get his next 'lesson' when he takes on Martinsville Speedway this weekend. In his only other visit to the .526-mile paperclip shaped oval, Gresham finished a disappointing 17th.
"It's a real shame that such a fast car didn't finish any better than it did," said Gresham remembering the Martinsville K&N event. "We had a tire go down around lap 30. That got us a couple laps down and after that, we were just racing to stay out of trouble and get the best finish possible. There's nothing you can about something like that. It's a racing deal."
Gresham hopes to have better luck this time around at Martinsville. The 18-year-old Griffin, GA native is confident of a good run after a solid – albeit short showing – at Las Vegas.
"Las Vegas was great, but I grew up racing on half-mile ovals and I think I will probably fit in better in the truck race at Martinsville because of my basic skills on short tracks," said Gresham. "At Las Vegas, I was learning a new vehicle, series and track. It will be nice to go back to something that I know a little better like Martinsville. It's accelerate, brake and turn left. I'm sure I'll be more comfortable with the truck too. I'm looking forward to having a lot of fun and a good finish at Martinsville."