Nashville: Caitlin Shaw race report

CAITLIN SHAW BRINGS HOME A 24TH PLACE FINISH IN HER NASCAR DEBUT AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK. Making her first NASCAR start, Shaw overcame an early race spin to finish the AAA Insurance 200 in the 24th position. INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (July 24, 2009)-...

CAITLIN SHAW BRINGS HOME A 24TH PLACE FINISH IN HER NASCAR DEBUT AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK.

Making her first NASCAR start, Shaw overcame an early race spin to finish the AAA Insurance 200 in the 24th position.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (July 24, 2009)- Caitlin Shaw made history on Friday night in Indianapolis. At 19 years old, she became the second youngest female to ever start a NASCAR race. Shaw had two goals for her first Camping World Truck Series event, to complete all the laps and to get comfortable piloting a truck. She achieved both goals and earned the respect of her fellow competitors along the way.

New to the weight and size of the trucks in the Camping World Truck Series, Shaw used two practice sessions on Friday morning to acclimate herself to the truck and the race track. When practice ended she was feeling much more comfortable behind the wheel.

Shaw put the #1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra in the 32nd starting spot for the AAA Insurance 200. When the green flag dropped, Shaw was moving forward. She reached the 30th spot just two laps into the race and climbed to 25th by lap 32. Concentrating on her lap times and the line she was running on the track, Shaw was gaining experience each and every lap. She radioed the crew that the truck was neutral getting into the corners but seemed to be loose off. Shaw was running her own race when another competitor got sideways on lap 37. While she was trying to avoid an accident, the back of the #1 came around on her and she spun up the race track and into the wall. Suffering only minor damage to the truck bed, Shaw brought her Tundra to pit road for repairs. The crew worked to fix the damage and put on four fresh tires. Shaw restarted 29th.

The spin didn't make her loose focus. She continued to run her line and learn more and more about the truck and how to race in such a competitive series. Shaw was running consistent lap times and impressing her fellow competitors with how much room and respect she was giving them on the race track. Shaw and her Toyota Tundra were running 24th when the checkered flag waved. She earned a 24th place finish in her NASCAR debut.

This was a really great experience," Shaw said after climbing from her truck. "I have to thank all the people who made this happen, all my sponsors, Toyota, and Red Horse Racing. I also want to thank Billy Venturini and his team for making me so comfortable and Travis McFarland for working so hard on this truck back at the shop. I learned a lot tonight and I look forward to seeing what the future hold for me in this series."

-credit: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Caitlin Shaw
Teams Red Horse Racing