RENSHAW CAUGHT IN DAYTONA MESS "Bad Luck Ruins Solid Run" Daytona Beach, Florida (February 21, 2005) - Deborah Renshaw came into the season opener of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a new team and great expectations. A rough week at the...
RENSHAW CAUGHT IN DAYTONA MESS
"Bad Luck Ruins Solid Run"
Daytona Beach, Florida (February 21, 2005) - Deborah Renshaw came into the season opener of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a new team and great expectations. A rough week at the Daytona International Speedway left Renshaw leaving town with two damaged No. 8 Easy Care DODGE trucks and a disappointing 27th place finish in the running of the Florida DODGE Dealers 250.
"This is definitely not the way we wanted to start the season," stated Deborah. "Twice this week we got caught up in someone else's mess and it really hurt us. We had a real good truck in the race and we were just taking our time and trying our best to stay out of harms way. A few trucks got together in front of me and I really did not have a chance to slow down and I got into the back of another truck. The incident knocked out our radiator and it put an end to our evening."
The native of Bowling Green, Kentucky started the week off in impressive fashion before disaster struck for the first time. In the first of two practice sessions, Deborah and her No. 8 DODGE were eighth on the time sheet when two trucks in front of her pack got together and started a chain reaction incident. As a result, the No. 8 Easy Care DODGE suffered just enough damage for the team to pull out the backup truck. With only a handful of laps on the backup truck, Renshaw was relegated to a starting spot of 33rd for the 250-mile event under the lights.
The drop of the green flag on Friday night saw Deborah cautiously pilot her truck in the early stages as planned. An early pit stop under caution on lap 12 allowed for the BHR2 team to service the truck with 4 fresh tires, fuel and removal of a piece of plastic on the front grill. Back under green, Deborah continued her cautious approach and had worked her way inside the top 15 when the caution flag flew on lap 38. Another trip down pit road on lap 41 once again provided fresh tires and fuel to the No. 8 DODGE truck.
Back to green once again, Deborah began to charge forward in the field a little when on lap 50 a big wreck on the frontstretch resulted in minor front end damage. A quick trip to pit road allowed for some repairs and the No. 8 DODGE returned to green flag racing in the 12th position. Renshaw maintained her position inside the top 20 until a major incident on lap 63 -- which resulted in the radiator damage and the end of the race for the BHR2 team and driver.
"It was just not meant to be for us this week but the only thing that held us back was some bad luck," said Renshaw. "I am really proud of my new team as they worked extremely hard and gave me two great trucks this week. Although I am disappointed with the finish, I am very excited about the rest of the season. I have already put this race behind me and I am looking forward to California next week."