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Gresham, Joe Denette Motorsports part ways

July 09, 2012, Team Release,

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Max Gresham and Joe Denette Motorsports will part ways, effective immediately.

The mutual decision will end their Camping World Truck Series association after just eight races. Gresham's best finish in the No. 24 Chevrolet this season was 18th at Rockingham. The team posted an average finish of 23.8, and Gresham is currently 20th in the points standings.

"I know everyone expected to do better than that," Gresham said. "The guys at JDM are some of the hardest working I have ever been around, and they did their best to give me great equipment week in and out. Joe [Denette] is a really, really nice guy, and he's dedicated to the sport and his team and committed to making both as good as possible. Honestly, everybody did their best this year. Unfortunately, we just didn't have the results to show for it."

"Obviously, we hate to see Max go," Denette said. "Max has been a great student of the sport, with a wealth of natural talent and a friendly personality. Unfortunately, Joe Denette Motorsports was not the right fit for him. We wish Max the best of luck in the future and know without a doubt the young rookie will land on his feet."

Ron Hornaday will continue to drive the No. 9 Chevrolet for JDM, with Denette saying he was "110 percent committed to this team. We have made some changes in the last few weeks, but I know that we have the right people in place to contend for wins and hopefully a championship."

Gresham, the 2011 K&N Pro Series East champion, is weighing other opportunities.

"I'd like to do some more Truck Series races this year, maybe some Nationwide, too," Gresham said. "The big thing will be to stay in the seat and stay as fresh as possible. I know we're going to run some Late Model races for now and continue to do that until we sort out what kind of NASCAR opportunities I have later this year and next season in 2013.

"I know I can do this. I won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship last year, and that didn't get handed to me. I think I have proven to people over the years that I can be competitive and win races. It's just a matter of being in the right situation."