Las Vegas: Deborah Renshaw preview

Renshaw Hopes Lady Luck Will Be on Her Side at Las Vegas Deborah Renshaw experienced some difficult learning curves thus far in her seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, but sometimes it only takes one solid race to get your season back on...

Renshaw Hopes Lady Luck Will Be on Her Side at Las Vegas

Deborah Renshaw experienced some difficult learning curves thus far in her seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, but sometimes it only takes one solid race to get your season back on track. Renshaw finished last weekend's race at the New Hampshire International Speedway tying her career-best series finish of 22nd position. While Renshaw's 2004 goals in the series remain gaining experience, confidence and respect on the race track, she also knows that her finishes will improve in time. Many of the race tracks that Renshaw has recently competed on have been new to her in layout and design such as Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and NHIS last week. This weekend Renshaw will visit another track that she has not competed on in the past, but she has been around similar tracks and hopes that will help her in getting acclimated with the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I'm really looking forward to racing out in Las Vegas," said Renshaw. "I'm excited about getting back to a mile and a half speedway where I feel like I have some experience even if it's not on this particular race track. I feel like we left Loudon with more momentum than we have had in previous weeks. We were pleased with the finish and I was happy knowing that I could run with the top trucks and run laps times with the leaders. Loudon was a confidence-building race for me as a driver and after the bad luck we had at Indianapolis, Bristol and Richmond, I think that was something that I really needed. I really hope that I can take that confidence into Las Vegas and maybe improve upon my career-best NCTS finish."

Like many other NCTS drivers, the trip to Las Vegas for this race includes some time spent visiting with the race fans as well as leisure time for themselves whether it is viewing the sights of the city or spending their time (and money) in one of the local casinos. Renshaw will join many other drivers' downtown on Friday evening to meet the fans and sign autographs between 7:00 and 8:00pm. Renshaw is also looking forward to spending time with her family while enjoying Las Vegas.

"This is definitely one of those races that my dad and especially my mom have been looking forward to," Renshaw joked. "My mom really enjoys the slot machines and I have a feeling that we may not see a whole lot of her out at the speedway before race time. Although I have to say that I will probably join her when we are not at the track or doing an appearance. I enjoy the casinos quite a bit too, but mom will be spending most of her time in front of a slot machine and dad will either be keeping a close eye on her or maybe getting in a few hands of blackjack."

The Las Vegas 350 will take the green flag from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, September 25 at 7:00pm Pacific Time. The race will be televised live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio and XM Radio -- Channel 144

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Deborah Renshaw