Renshaw To Pilot #8 Dodge Truck in 2005
Driver Joins BHR Driver Development Program
December 14, 2004 (Lebanon, Tennessee) -- Deborah Renshaw has joined the ranks of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship organization for the 2005 season. In a homecoming of sorts, Renshaw will pilot the #8 DODGE of BHR2 for the complete 25 race schedule next season.
"Wow, what an opportunity that I have to join this organization," said Renshaw. "This is a very important time in my career and I cannot think of a better place to be than right here. I am familiar with some of the people in this organization since my days of racing around the Nashville area and I actually ran an ARCA race a few years ago with some of the guys on this team. I really feel like this is where I belong and that is comfortable."
Renshaw, a native of Bowling Green, KY, made 14 starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this past season. In those 14 starts she garnered two top 20 finishes and a career best of 15th at Martinsville Speedway in October. She has also competed in the ARCA RE/MAX over the last three years where she has accumulated nine starts with a best finish of seventh at the Nashville Superspeedway.
Deborah is welcomed with open arms by her new teammates Bobby Hamilton and Chase Montgomery.
"We have been a part of the diversity program since NASCAR started it," stated Hamilton. Deborah becoming part of the BHR family is yet another way our team is involved in taking NASCAR to another level.
We also are looking at this as an internal driver development program much like we had with Chase (Montgomery) this past year. Deborah has talent behind the wheel of a race car and is a great spokesperson for our sport. We really see good things out of her in our equipment."
Renshaw and her #8 team will be headed up by new crew chief Bob Bissinger. Bob has an extensive background in the ARCA RE/MAX Series where he also worked with other female drivers. He served as truck chief after joining the BHR2 team halfway through the 2004 season. Bob will be joined by team engineer Randy Seals -- who served as crew chief for the #8 DODGE this past season with Chase Montgomery.
The #8 team and their new driver will get to work right away by taking part in a test session at the Talladega Superspeedway on December 15th & 16th.
"I am very excited about this opportunity," stated Deborah. "This #8 team is a great collection of guys with an immense amount of knowledge that will help me tremendously. They put a great truck out there on the track each week and it is my job to make the most of it. I do feel that this will be the best opportunity I have had in my career and I look to make the most of it. I am ready to get the year started and head to Daytona."
Renshaw and the team will look to make an announcement regarding their sponsors sometime in January.