Career at Martinsville Speedway:
Deborah will be making her third career start at the Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Her first start at the short track proved to be very successful where she finished in the 15th place position in the 200 lap race. Earlier this spring, Deborah competed again at the Speedway but came away with a disappointing 28th place finish at the half mile track.
Deborah On Martinsville:
Staying out of trouble and keeping track position is vital at Martinsville. That track is so tight and the racing so close that you have to be on your game 200% the whole race. It is a difficult track to master and we didn't have a good run there in the spring but we tested a few weeks ago and were extremely pleased. Shawn Parker, my crew chief, and all the guys on the BHR2 team have been working hard on this truck to get ready to go. I had an awesome run last year in Martinsville where I finished 15th -- I'm hoping to improve on that this weekend.
Deborah On The Three Week Break in Action:
It is always nice to have a week or so in-between the events. I went to my Alma Mater Northwood University outside of Detroit to participate in an open panel discussion and kick off the opening ceremony for the annual Northwood University International Auto Show. I am ready to get back in that truck though. We've have had a pretty good season and have been able to improve on so much. I'm ready to go back out there this weekend and get back the momentum we've been building this season and give it all we have for these last five races.
Deborah Discusses Erin Crocker and Evernham Motorsports arrival in the Craftsman Truck Series for 2006:
I am really excited that Erin (Crocker) will be joining the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2006. Kelly Sutton and I have been the only two female racecar drivers competing full time in a major NASCAR Touring Series and it is so great to see other women coming into the sport. NASCAR and especially the Craftsman Truck Series drivers have gone out of their way to welcome us and I am sure they will do the same for Erin. Having Ray Evernham move into the Craftsman Truck Series will bring even more recognition to its already rapidly expanding growth. We are seeing more and more Cup drivers are coming in and competing in the Series. It has made the trucks exciting to watch and extremely competitive to race in. I know that I've stepped up my driving and it has really improved by competing against and working with the Cup drivers.
Deborah will be making her 34th career start in the Craftsman Truck Series this week at the Martinsville Speedway.
Deborah will be racing the truck nicknamed this weekend. This will be the sixth race of the season for this truck and Deborah last raced it in Richmond.