RENSHAW'S PLANS UNCERTAIN FOR 2006
BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY (December 5, 2005) -- The 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season was filled with highs and lows for driver Deborah Renshaw. Piloting the No. 8 DODGE out of the BHR2 stable, the female racer finished 24th in the seasons final point's standings. Now the Bowling Green, Kentucky native waits anxiously to see what the future holds for her.
"This year was a great learning period for me in this sport," stated Deborah. "I had the support of some great veterans such as Bobby Hamilton and this BHR2 team supplied me great trucks each week. This Craftsman Truck Series is arguably the most competitive series in NASCAR and I think that showed with our Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart failing to qualify for the race in Richmond. I had some great runs but also some that were not so great this past year and I think a lot of that was part of the learning process for me. I would love to compete in the series again in 2006 but we are uncertain what we are going to do at this point. We need to secure some sponsorship and we are working on that hard."
In 24 starts this past season, Renshaw scored a career best 12th place finish in her career debut at the challenging track in Dover. She also posted a career best qualifying effort of eighth at her home track of the Nashville Superspeedway. In all, Renshaw accumulated six top-20 finishes and 13 top-25 finishes during the season.
Renshaw stayed busy off the track as well in 2005. The highlight was the taping of a segment at the California Speedway for the highly acclaimed DVD release of the hit movie "Herbie Fully Loaded". The female racer was highlighted in a featurette where she takes the audience for a ride to show them what it is actually like driving 180 mph. Additionally, Deborah will appear on an upcoming episode of 2 Guys Garage on the Speed Channel which was taped while she made an appearance at her alma mater -- Northwood University -- for their annual International Outdoor Auto Show. The episode will first appear on Speed on December 25th at 10:30 a.m. EST.
"This has been a very busy and exciting year for me and we are working hard during this off season to put something together for next year," said Renshaw. "But honestly, we need some more help on the sponsorship side. We are also talking to a handful of teams about next season and it sure would be nice if something came together here soon. We have a tremendous marketing package to provide on the sponsorship side and with the 2005 season under my belt I think we will be even more competitive next season. I am keeping my fingers crossed that something happens soon."