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Max Gresham Gains Career-Best Qualifying Effort and Confidence from Michigan

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Max Gresham started fourth in Saturday's Michigan National Guard 200 at the Michigan International Speedway, a personal best in his young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) career. Gresham piloted the No.8 Sharp-Gallaher Racing Chevrolet to the fourth-fastest lap in qualifying at 39.293 seconds (183.239 mph). His previous best starting position was ninth.  

While an 18th-place finish in the Michigan National Guard 200 was neither what he nor his Sharp-Gallaher Racing team had expected, the 20-year-old driver came away from the race with a positive outlook for the rest of the season.

"We are heading in the right direction. Our Sharp-Gallaher Racing team had a very fast AmWINS Group Chevrolet Silverado," Gresham said. "I messed up today and we had a little bad luck when we blew a tire during a caution period, but everyone on this Sharp-Gallaher Racing team kept working to get everything we could."

Gresham maintained his spot among the top five in the No. 8 AmWINS Group Chevrolet during the first 20 laps before he spun on Lap 26 coming off of Turn 4 and collected two other trucks. However, he sustained minor left-side damage and was able to get repairs and stay in contention in the top 15.

A few laps later under the yellow flag, a left-rear tire blew while he was running behind the pace car for a debris caution.