RENSHAW RELISHES SOLID RUN IN LOUDON Deborah Renshaw Has Her 5th Top-20 Finish of the 2005 Season LOUDON, NH (September 19, 2005) --Deborah Renshaw, behind the wheel of the No. 8 Heritage Dodge, brought home a solid 20th place finish Saturday in...
RENSHAW RELISHES SOLID RUN IN LOUDON
Deborah Renshaw Has Her 5th Top-20 Finish of the 2005 Season
LOUDON, NH (September 19, 2005) --Deborah Renshaw, behind the wheel of the No. 8 Heritage Dodge, brought home a solid 20th place finish Saturday in the running of the Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. It was a stellar finish for Renshaw in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series after several disappointing finishes for the female racecar driver.
[IMAGE]Once the race restarted, Renshaw's times continued to improve matching the times of the trucks in the top-10 as she continued to march toward the top-20. With 28 trucks still on the lead lap with 50 laps remaining, every position had to be fought for on the track.
"I had hoped we'd start further towards the front for the race," Renshaw said. "We were able to work the kinks out of the truck during the practices and I was really comfortable with the lines I was running. We knew even though we started near the back the truck was fast enough to move up in the race."
Renshaw qualified the BHR2 Dodge in the 35th place position for the start of the 200-lap event but knew the truck would improve during the race. With veteran crew chief Shawn Parker calling the shots, Renshaw went to work at the drop of the green to move her bright red No. 8 forward in the 36-truck field.
Battling a tight race truck, she was caught by the leaders putting the truck a lap down just before the half-way point of the race. Renshaw was the recipient of the lucky dog award on lap 107 putting her back on the lead lap. She maintained her status despite having to go down pit road twice - once for regular service and the second time to tighten a loose lug nut during the caution. The No. 8 BHR2 team made the adjustments quickly sending Renshaw out without losing her lead-lap status.
"The truck really came into us today," Renshaw said. "On the long runs we were really good -- the truck came in excellent about 15 laps into a run. We just got a little bit tight but once we got into the second groove and on the high line it loosened up. We were running awesome lap times -- top-10 lap times. The guys on this BHR2 team just kept working on it and working on it and we got it right. We raced hard with a lot of guys today and earned a lot of respect and I felt very competitive out there. We've come a long way this season and are looking forward to keeping the momentum going in Vegas next week."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads out west for the running of the Las Vegas 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, September 24th. The race will be telecast live on SPEED Channel at 9:00 pm EDT and can be heard on MRN and XM-Satellite Radio starting at 6:15 pm PDT (9:15 pm EDT).