Deborah On Martinsville: Deborah is coming off a 25th place finish last time out at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Although I have only raced at Martinsville once and it can be a rough track -- I really like the place. It helps that I had...
Deborah On Martinsville:
Deborah is coming off a 25th place finish last time out at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"Although I have only raced at Martinsville once and it can be a rough track -- I really like the place. It helps that I had my career best run there last fall and any racer likes that track regardless of where it is. I have a good mental outlook going into this race and feel comfortable with the track and my truck -- and that goes a long way for me at this point in my racing career. If we can get a fairly good starting spot and just stay out of harms way for 250 laps then I believe we can top that career best finish from last year."
Deborah On NASCAR's New Impound Procedure & 2005 Points:
"I think this new impound procedure is a move in the right direction, especially for teams that are trying to watch their budgets closely. The biggest thing I see is that it can help with the travel cost in some cases where we would stay one less night - and thus being able to spend just an extra day in the shop. However, we do get to test more this season and that definitely brings the travel cost back up. Personally, I just like the idea as it reminds me of our one day shows in the weekly racing series. I love the excitement of setting up your truck for a qualifying/race set up all in one deal. I believe it calls for a more competitive and exciting race."
"After this race at Martinsville we will start using the 2005 points to determine the 30 spots locked into the field and that definitely adds more pressure to the teams that are not in the top 30 or on the bubble. But it also awards the teams that have had a successful start to the 2005 season. I think it's fair to everyone, but you just have to make sure you're in the top 30 or you could be in big trouble. This series is VERY competitive, and when you start seeing some of the top teams down at the bottom of the sheet, you know it's competitive."
Deborah and her BHR2 team did test for the upcoming Martinsville race but they did not test at the Virginia short track.
"We have been testing a lot here in the early part of the season and we still got a lot planned so we did not want to use up one of our test at Martinsville so we decided to go down to Greenville Pickens (SC) Speedway instead. A lot of teams go there to test for short tracks and it served our purpose in getting ready for the first short track race of the season. We found a few things that we needed to fix on the truck and that alone was worth the test. We got the truck pretty good toward the end of the test and we should be in decent shape when we unload at Martinsville."
Career at Martinsville:
Deborah will be making her second career start at the Martinsville Speedway. She competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event last fall at the famous short track and came away with a career-best finish of 15th.