Max Gresham left the Homestead-Miami Speedway with a smile Friday night.
That wouldn't normally be what one would expect after his race. He wasn't happy that his No. 8 Made In USA Brand (MIUSA) Chevrolet Silverado was damaged after hitting the wall three times during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season-finale Ford EcoBoost 200.
He wasn't happy about finishing 23rd, three laps behind winning Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) teammate Cale Gale.
For Gresham, however, there was a big reason to close the season with a smile: he was happy about the strides his team made in their abbreviated five-race schedule with Eddie Sharp Racing this year.
"It's amazing how far we came in five races," the 19-year-old driver from Griffin, Ga., said. "We came into Homestead with 11th- and 12th-place finishes and we had one of our best trucks of the year. I was really happy with how much ahead of the curve we were when we unloaded as well as in practice.