With his sixth-consecutive top-five finish last time out at Langley Speedway on June 18, Max Gresham took the points lead for just the second time in his career. Unlike the previous instance, however, Gresham hopes to make it stick longer than one race. The recent high school graduate will have his work cut out for him though. Despite a ninth-place effort in his debut at NHMS in the 2009 fall race, and a successful 2011 campaign thus far, Gresham will have to overcome the two finishes outside the top 20 that he registered in Loudon a year ago.
In Gresham’s rearview in the standings – 17 points out – is Matt DiBenedetto, who is 1-for-1 in his career at the ‘Magic Mile’ thanks to a win in the New England 125 two years ago. After splitting the season in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Gresham in 2009, DiBenedetto has enjoyed a successful return to the K&N Pro Series East this season with the No. 15 X Team Racing Toyota. He’s recorded top 10s in all but one race and reached Victory Lane at Bowman Gray Stadium.