RENSHAW SURVIVES ELEMENTS IN MEMPHIS "Late Flat Tire Stops Top 20 Effort" MILLINGTON, TN (July 25, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw battled the heat on her first visit to the Memphis Motorsports Park but she kept her cool and managed to guide her No.
RENSHAW SURVIVES ELEMENTS IN MEMPHIS
"Late Flat Tire Stops Top 20 Effort"
MILLINGTON, TN (July 25, 2005) -- Deborah Renshaw battled the heat on her first visit to the Memphis Motorsports Park but she kept her cool and managed to guide her No. 8 EasyCare DODGE to a 24th place finish in the running of the O'Reilly 200 on Saturday night.
"We really battled out there all night," stated Deborah. "We had a top-15 truck for sure but we had a flat tire there with a few laps left and we lost all of our track position so we settled for the 24th spot. I battled a tight truck for the most of the night but we kept adjusting on it and it was pretty decent there the last 50 laps or so. The heat was not real bad until right there at the end with the two red flags that they put out -- but that was also a blessing as they brought us some water and I needed that."
In sweltering heat during the day on Saturday, Deborah turned her first laps around the .75-mile track during two practice sessions. Her and the BHR2 team were happy with the handling of their truck and set their sights on qualifying. Deborah would qualify for the 200-lap event in the 26th position.
Before a large crowd on a hot evening, the green flag flew and the No. 8 DODGE truck would fall back a handful of spots while fighting a "tight" condition. An early caution in the race allowed for Deborah to come down pit road for an early track bar adjustment on her truck. This adjustment seemed to really help and she started to cautiously work her way through the field. Some early pit strategy had her in the 19th position on a lap 37 restart but that turned out to be not the best place to be as a few laps back under green Deborah was spun out from a truck directly behind her. Deborah almost had it saved and did a great job from keeping the truck off the wall. She would immediately come down pit road for four fresh tires and return to action in the 32nd spot.
"I got hit in the left rear by the truck behind me and I almost had it saved," said Renshaw. "That was just some short track racing I guess but track position was so important out there tonight and we had used a little strategy to gain some of it but that lost it all for us."
Deborah would work the middle part of the race in trying to regain that lost track position and came down pit road once again for service on lap 115. With one more adjustment made for the handling on her No. 8 DODGE, Deborah would see herself start to move forward in the field one more time and get inside the top-20 with 50 laps remaining in the race. She would remain in that position until a right front tire failure sent her lightly into the wall and brought out the final caution of the evening. Once again, Deborah would loose her track position as she came down pit road for a new right side tires. With the customary short track action in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, a green-white-checker finish would see Deborah come home with the 24th place finish.
"That was great short track racing out there tonight," said Deborah. "We were better than 24th place tonight and for my first visit to the track I am happy with our performance. The heat made it a little difficult there at the end but in all it was not that bad. The guys on this BHR2 team endured the heat all day and still put together great stops for me tonight. We had a great team effort tonight and we should all feel good about that."
Deborah and her team will enjoy a week off before heading to Indianapolis Raceway Park for another short track battle under the lights on Friday August 5th.
To learn more about Deborah and her team visit them at www.deborahrenshaw.com