DENVER, NC - Max Gresham and the No. 8 AmWINS Group Chevrolet Silverado team will meet the majestic landscape of Brooklyn, Michigan, this weekend, returning from an off-weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Gresham and Sharp-Gallaher Racing look to continue the accelerating performances they have had in recent races when they roll into Saturday's Michigan National Guard 200 at the Michigan International Speedway.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has not waved a green flag since the August 3 race at the Pocono Raceway. However, that doesn't mean Gresham has been on vacation; he is coming off a whirlwind week.
The driver of the No. 8 AmWINS Group Chevrolet has not only gone through testing in preparation for the road course event at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he has also attended the Speedway Children's Charities' breakfast with Governor Nathan Deal in Atlanta. He's also welcomed Bill Gallaher as a new partner at Sharp-Gallaher Racing (formerly Eddie Sharp Racing).
"There really aren't any off days in racing," Gresham said. "We never stop working on our No. 8 AmWINS truck. It's a never-ending process. Just because the calendar says 'off' doesn't mean we're not at it full speed."
Sharp-Gallaher Racing will make its on-track debut this Saturday at the two-mile tri-oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan.
"We're building for the future one piece and one race at a time," the 20-year-old driver said. "We know when we go to the track we're going to have a fast Chevrolet Silverado and plenty of horsepower from ECR Engines. We know we have all the tools necessary to be successful at Michigan."
Leaving Pocono Raceway with a 13th-place finish, Gresham and the No.8 Chris Showalter-led team feel confident their luck will continue as they head into this weekend. The Milner, Ga., native has one prior Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series start at Michigan International Speedway; this finish came in the summer of 2011 when he qualified seventh and finished second.
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway presents a unique, and very likeable, challenge to the truck series. It is one of the few places where drivers can fan out in the turns to find a comfortable way around the track. Two and three-wide racing should be common during Saturday's race.
"You don't want to be dedicated to a single groove," Gresham said. "You want to be able to move around."
"It won't change what we do," Gresham said, "because we don't slow down anyway. Vacation-time isn't until the season's done. Even then it won't last long because it will be time to get ready for 2014."