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Renshaw Racks Up Records in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Renshaw expands records during the 10th season of the Craftsman Truck Series - laps lead by a female - number of lead changes during one season HAMPTON, GA (October 31, 2005) ...

Renshaw Racks Up Records in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Renshaw expands records during the 10th season of the Craftsman Truck Series - laps lead by a female - number of lead changes during one season

HAMPTON, GA (October 31, 2005) --Deborah Renshaw, in the No. 8 Heritage Dodge, expanded her record of the number of laps lead by a female in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Saturday afternoon at the Atlanta Motor Speedway during the running of the EasyCare 200. While leading lap 46 Renshaw became the 37th different leader this year extending the all-time number of lead changes in the Series.

The original record of laps lead by a female in the Series was set by Renshaw at the Darlington Raceway in November 2004. Renshaw broadened that record Saturday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when crew chief Shawn Parker made the decision to stay out during the third caution of the afternoon.

"I knew we had set the record last year by being the only female to lead a race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," Deborah Renshaw said. "I didn't realize it expanded the record number of lead changes during the series. That is pretty awesome. That just tells you how competitive this series has become -- having multiple leaders in each race. Drivers and crew chiefs look for different ways to be competitive and using pit stops to advance your track position is just one way."

Renshaw started 24th on the grid for the race in Hampton, Georgia. She reported being pretty loose in the early stages of the race but she was able to stick the Dodge race truck to the bottom of the racetrack where other competitors struggled to run. During their pit stop, the BHR2 crew made adjustments to tighten up the truck but then reversed those changes on the next stop after the race truck failed to respond.

The BHR2 team planned, after a stop under the caution on lap 90, to run to the checkered flag until the yellow flag flew for the final time setting up a green/white/checkered finish. Gambling on the possibility of picking up positions on the racetrack with fresh Goodyear tires, the team quickly came in and took on right side tires. The dice didn't roll in their favor and they lost four spots finishing in the 24th place position.

"I am not disappointed with our finish," Renshaw said. "We made the right decision to come in get the tires and try to pick up some spots -- it worked for the winning truck. The truck was solid all day, ran well on fresh tires and like my spotter said 'loose is fast' so I guess I was fast. We were able to run our preferred line and I felt competitive out on the track. We gambled, we might have finished 17th or so if we stayed out - but ended up 24th. Overall it was a great day and we can take this truck to Texas next week with barely a scratch on it."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to the Texas Motor Speedway for the running of the 23rd race of the 25 race season. For more information on Deborah Renshaw and BHR2 visit www.DeborahRenshaw.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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