Renshaw Battles In Season Finale
"Driver Finishes 24th in Final Points"
Homestead, Florida (November 21, 2005) -Deborah Renshaw, in the No. 8 Heritage Dodge, ended the 2005 season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 25th place finish in the Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale. Renshaw and the Shawn Parker led team chased the handling of the truck in practice and the difficulty continued through qualifying. Despite the hard work and best efforts of the BHR2 team, the 32nd starting position was where Renshaw qualified for the 134 lap event.
"The truck wasn't handling well since we unloaded and we didn't start where we would have liked to," Renshaw said. "We knew we could make up some ground in the race but when rain caused us to race Saturday -- we weren't sure what we'd have."
As the race began, Renshaw was able to deliver lap times consistent with the times of the trucks running in the top-5. Renshaw continued through the middle part of the race without any major adjustments.
But as the laps wound down, Renshaw's truck became tight in the center and off the turns causing her times to fall off and lose positions on the race track. On the team's last pit stop the Heritage Dodge crew loosened the truck up hoping to re-gain positions in the ten lap shootout to the checkered. Renshaw's truck got loose in the marbles when she was racing three wide for position. On the high side of the track in the scramble, Renshaw lost grip and spun but recovered and was able to bring the truck to the checkered flag.
"The truck was a little snug when we readied ourselves for our last pit stop," Renshaw said. "Shawn (Parker, crew chief) asked me if I could stand to be freed up for the ten lap shootout. We may have gone too far and I got loose at the top of the track when we were three-wide racing and spun. I'm happy overall how we finished out the day. I had a bad qualifying run but we were able to have a pretty solid race.
It's been a great season. I told the guys on this BHR2 team before the race that this has been the best experience I've had in my career. These guys put their heart and soul into these trucks every week and it showed. The last five races we've made significant strides and really have shown what this BHR2 team can do.
I want to congratulate both Ted Musgrave and Dennis Setzer on their accomplishments this season. They both have been great role models for me during my time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
Deborah Renshaw closed out her first full year competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with five top-20 finishes. She had her career best finish in the series this year placing 12th at Dover in June. She also achieved her career best qualifying effort of 8th at her home track in Nashville. The BHR2 team with Ray Montgomery at the helm finished 28th in the 2005 Owner Points with Renshaw finishing 24th in the overall Driver Points.
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