"Mid-Race Trouble Hampers Run"

MANSFIELD, OHIO (May 17, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw's hope for a solid run was dashed at the midway point on Sunday after getting tangled with another truck - resulting in her No. 8 DODGE making hard contact with the turn one wall. The result was a discouraging 34th place finish in the running of the UAW/GM 250 at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.

"I am very disappointed with what happened out there today," stated Deborah. "My guys gave me a real good truck today and I was getting more comfortable with each lap out there. We lost a lap during a pit sequence but we had a good run going and were looking to get that lap back at some point. Unfortunately we got a little help from another truck going into turn one and we suffered some front end damage that put us behind the wall for a bit."

In front of a full house crowd, Deborah started the 250-lap event from the 35th position as a result of her qualifying effort on Saturday. The dropping of the green flag would see the Bowling Green, Kentucky native move forward through the field as her confidence grew with each lap around the bullring. By lap 50 Renshaw had moved up ten spots to the 25th position. A pit stop sequence on laps 56 and 59 returned the No. 8 DODGE truck to the track at the tail end of the lead lap which unfortunately led to the loss of a lap.

Renshaw was not discouraged with the loss of a lap and she would turn some of her fastest laps of the weekend as she battled for that "Lucky Dog" position. However, disaster struck on lap 105 when an unfortunate incident in turn one resulted in Deborah and her No. 8 DODGE making heavy contact with the outside wall. With some significant damage on the front end she was forced behind the wall for repairs. The No. 8 truck would return to the track on lap 172 and complete the remainder of the event but was relegated to the undeserving 34th place finish.

"I struggled a little in the early part of this weekend but as I got more laps under my belt I was getting pretty comfortable," said Renshaw. "I really feel that we had a good run going and we needed to come out of here with a good finish. But this is short track racing at its best and anything can happen -- and unfortunately for us it turned out badly. We just need to put this one behind us and focus on the upcoming race at Lowe's."

Deborah and her BHR2 team will have no time to reflect on the Mansfield race as a short week sees them racing this Friday night at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.