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Gresham An Off-Week Hot Spot

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, March 14 2010
Kurt Busch tested at Gresham Motorsports Park in over the weekend. Several NASCAR drivers spend their off weekend at the Georgia track. (Photo courtesy of Gresham Motorsports Park)

Kurt Busch tested at Gresham Motorsports Park on his week off. (Photo courtesy of Gresham Motorsports Park)

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Jefferson, Ga. – A pair of former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions spent some time this week at Gresham Motorsports Park, a refurbished facility located about an hour northeast of Atlanta.

On Tuesday, 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch tested his No. 2 Dodge on the freshly-paved half-mile paved oval, which was previously known as Peach State Speedway.

“This is a great place to test,” Busch said in a press release. “The track is really repeatable. The track is new and it’s and it’s nice and smooth. It has a lot of grip.

“If you can run the bottom, it’s pretty fast. It’s going to be really fast in a year or two when it wears out a little.”

Busch, who was coming off a victory in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, used Tuesday’s test to prepare for NASCAR’s visit to Martinsville later this month. His Dodge carried a spoiler on the rear deck lid. Busch’s Penske Racing teammate, Justin Allgaier, also participated in the test. Allgaier competes fulltime in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.

Bill Elliott, the 1988 Cup champion, watched from the spotter’s stand Saturday night as his his 14-year-old son, Chase Elliott, finished second in the CRA Super Late Model 125 on the lightning-fast layout.

Augie Grill of Birmingham, Ala. dominated Saturday’s event by leading 110 of 125 laps. His winning pass came on lap 16 when he dove underneath leader Ryan Lawler in Turn 1. Grill would never be seriously challenged for the lead during the remainder of the race.

“I had a lot of fun,” said Grill, who won the pole but started third based on the inversion procedure. “My goal, normally, in a race is to get to the front as quick as I can. That was my goal tonight. We were able to get to the front in 15 laps. I feel safe when I’m out front.

“We had a great car. It was a good night.”

Elliott held off fellow Georgia residents Bubba Pollard, Jason Hogan and Mike Garvey to claim the runner-up spot.

Grill’s victory assured him a starting berth in the track’s signature event, the World Crown 300, which is held each November.

“That’s pretty neat,” Grill said. “Now we can come experiment for the World Crown and see if we can qualify faster.”

CRA Super Late Model 125

Gresham Motorsports Park

Order of Finish

1.     Augie Grill

2.     Chase Elliott

3.     Bubba Pollard

4.     Jason Hogan

5.     Mike Garvey

6.     Scott Hantz

7.     Russell FLeeman

8.     Jeff Fultz

9.     Greg Simpson

10.  Cale Gale

11.  T.J. Reaid

12.  Mason Mingus

13.  Joey Senter

14.  Ryan Crane

15.  Donnie Wilson

16.  Johanna Long

17.  Allen Karnes

18.  Lane Morrow

19.  Johnny Henderson

20.  Randy Gentry

21.  Ryan Lawler

22.  Casey Roderick

23.  Jimmy Garmon

24.  Don Young

25.  Scott Smith

26.  Johnny Van Doorn

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, March 14 2010
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