MARTINSVILLE NOT KIND TO RENSHAW "Multiple Problems Made For Long Day" MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 11, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw had high expectations heading into Martinsville this past weekend as she had earned her career best NASCAR Craftsman...
MARTINSVILLE NOT KIND TO RENSHAW
"Multiple Problems Made For Long Day"
MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 11, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw had high expectations heading into Martinsville this past weekend as she had earned her career best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish at the famous short track last year. However, things did not go her way this time around as she and her #8 Easy Care DODGE were relegated to a disappointing 28th place finish in the running of the Kroger 250.
"That was a rough day out there," stated Deborah. "We got caught up in that early wreck as we had no where to go. That damaged our front end pretty good and the truck was never the same. Also, after about 60 laps we started to lose our brakes and that made it real tough to get around this place. Then right there at the end we lost voltage for some reason. In all, it was tough out there and I just tried to stay out of harms way and bring the truck home safely at the end of the race. "
Deborah started the 250 lap event from the 32nd position as a result of her qualifying effort on Friday. The eventful weekend for Renshaw started in the only practice session before qualifying when a truck spun in front of her and she was left with nowhere to go. The incident produced some damage to the front of her #8 DODGE and ended her practice early -- thus providing her with only 18 laps in practice prior to qualifying.
The bad luck for the Bowling Green, Kentucky native would continue on lap three of the event
when she was an innocent victim of trucks wrecking in front of her. The result was some significant damage to the front end of the #8 DODGE once again and would make for a long afternoon. On lap 67, Deborah radioed to her crew that she was loosing the brake pedal already and that forced her to alter her driving style around the tough confines of Martinsville.
Renshaw and her BHR2 team would fight for all they could get the rest of the race and came home with the 28th place finish. The finish would keep Deborah in the 27th position of the overall point's standings.
"I was very excited coming into this week and this was not what we were looking for," said Renshaw. "But we just need to walk out of here with our heads held high and move onto the next race at Gateway. Our whole program is getting better and it is just a matter of time before we bring home the finishes to show that."
Deborah and her team will have a few weeks off to re-group before they head to the Gateway International Raceway for the running of the DODGE Ram Tough 200 on April 30th.